Google’s first Science Fair was won by three young women. Lauren Hodge’s project studying carcinogen levels in grilled chicken in relation to different sauces was the winner in the 13-14 age group. She won a $25,000 scholarship and internships at Google and Lego. If you are unfamiliar with the general research, two potential carcinogens can be found in grilled meats. Marinating is believed to reduce the quantity of them. The research is clear: marinating meats, in any kind of marinade, even for just a few minutes before grilling or broiling, can reduce HCAs by 90 percent or more. (Source: MIT)
Improving indoor air quality and reducing reliance on medication for asthmatics was the subject of study for the winner of the 15-16 age group, Naomi Shah. Asthma in the U.S. is increasing, with 4.3 million cases since 2001. Like Hodge, Shah also won $25,000 scholarship and internships at Google and Lego. The grand prize winner, and winner of the 17-18 age group, studied a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for those patients with a resistance to some chemotherapy drugs. Ovarian cancer kills just under 14,000 women per year in America. (In Britain over 4,000 women die from it every year.) Shree Bose won a $50,000 scholarship, trip to the Galapagos, and internships at Lego and Google.
A Google official said, “They examined complex problems and found both simple solutions that can be implemented by the general public — like changing your cooking habits or removing toxins from your home — as well as more complex solutions that can be addressed in labs by doctors and researchers, such as Shree’s groundbreaking discovery, which could have wider implications for cancer research.” (Source: LATimes.com)