Young brains aim for social development through sci-tech

Science and technology is a platform for quick development of communication and linking rural areas, which do not have basic necessities, to the national mainstream, say young minds attending the 102nd Indian Science Congress.

Mumbai: Science and technology is a platform for quick development of communication and linking rural areas, which do not have basic necessities, to the national mainstream, say young minds attending the 102nd Indian Science Congress.

Standard XI student Anubhav Srivastav from Kanpur who is among the ten winners of an India-level competition sponsored by Infosys, on the development in science and technology which has influenced them in last two years, told PTI that his essay was about the young US Scientist Jack Andraka, who has got patent about research on pancreas cancer.

"Miapaca cells secrete Mesothelin hormone which is less in quantity in the initial stages and hence pancreas cancer is not easy to detect, but Andraka has patented a research in which carbon nanotubes, which are electric conductors, can be mixed with Mesothelin hormone, which brings changes in the conductivity," Anubhav said.

Andraka's discovery is a boon to the society and will definitely help in early detection of the pancreatic cancer so that it could be checked, controlled and treated in the initial stages. The detection and treatment both will be cost effective and will be approachable to all levels of society, Anubhav said.

Another winner Yashraj Dhanuka, a class XII student from Kanpur said Stanford scientist Yi Cui, Assistant Professor of materials science and engineering, harnessed nanotechnology to quickly produce ultra-light bendable batteries and super-capacitors in the form of everyday paper.

Yashraj said the scientist's research paper focused on the need to save the Earth from the increasing effect of pollution.

"Since they are eco-friendly, I strongly support the discovery of paper batteries with much more modifications in these to make them cost-effective.

"As a science student I believe in the discovery of those devices which aim at sustainability and I promise to become a technologist to develop more eco-friendly devices for the benefit of human race," he said.

Yashraj said he would focus on development of nanotechnology, while Anubhav plans to join IAS after completing his engineering studies.

Another student from Kanpur Sakshi Singh (standard XI) wrote about the discovery of brain chip, which allows quadriplegic man to move his limbs.

"Due to the research by Dr Ali Rezai and Dr Jerry Mysiw in 2014 in the US, a quadriplegic man has moved his limbs using his own thoughts," she said.

Sakshi said the mere thought of helping a paralysed person move his limbs using his own thoughts motivated her.

"It has inspired me and instilled courage in me to work in the field of neurology. Our world needs such discoveries and discoverers. This invention has made a drastic change in my pre-planned future. Now, I would love to study neurology and help my fellow mates with such neurotic aids," she said adding that she wanted to become a neurologist.

All the three students received their awards from former President of India A P J Abdul Kalam on Sunday.

"It was truly motivational and inspiring to be sharing stage with the 'Missile Man'. Science is the most important part of our lives, without which there can be no growth," they said.

"We will focus on development of science and technology to link rural areas, which don't have necessities, to the national mainstream and also on development of fast means of communication," they said adding Indian Science Congress has given them a platform to broaden their horizons by meeting contemporaries and Nobel laureates.

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