Seventeen year old Brittany Wenger has been announced as the winner of the Google Science Fair grand prize. The teenage scientist created a computer application that works as an artificial neural network detecting complicated patterns in the brain. Doctors can perform a non evasive biopsy and input the data found into Wenger’s app. The app then analyses the data and diagnosis if a patient has cancer. She has 700 test samples and hopes the application will be in hospitals soon.
Wenger has aspirations to be a pediatric oncologist when she grows up, no worries there Brittany.
Also in science news, Curiosity has landed safely and successfully on Mars. The rover touched down at 06.30 GMT on Monday after a 36 week flight, to begin it’s 2 year exploration of our neighbouring planet.
According to NASA “The team’s findings will help NASA engineers design safer, more efficient entry systems for future missions to Mars and other destinations — missions carrying human crews as well as robotic explorers such as Curiosity. “
Watch the events as they unfold in NASA headquarters: