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Youthful Ingenuity Honored at Intel ISEF

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LOS ANGELES -- Cancer-killing X-rays, nuclear threat detection and a fishy new plastic were behind the projects that took top awards at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In addition to those top winners, hundreds of students took over $4 million in awards and prizes home from a May 13 awards ceremony.

The weeklong science competition, a program of Society for Science & the Public, drew over 1,500 students from all over the world.

"Your innovation will help our global community transition to sustainable energy sources, mitigate the impact of national disasters and lead to new ways of preventing and treating addictions and disease," Society for Science & the Public president and Science News publisher Elizabeth Marincola told the finalists at the awards ceremony. "Congratulations to each one of you."

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