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Genius Teen Wins $150,000 For Inventing Device That Cleans Polluted Water at Intel Science Talent Search

A 17-year-old female student from Maine has developed an ingenious way to filter pollutants from contaminated bodies of water and the invention earned her $150,000 in prize money from Intel.

Paige Brown, a senior from Bangor High School, has successfully crafted an effective way to pull destructive phosphorus from a stream by using a seaweed gel combined with aluminum and magnesium. With the use of some hair clips and a block of foam, she has created a filter from the globs of mixture that she herself perfected.