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Young researcher makes Time Magazine's "Most Influential Teens" list

The South African schoolgirl Kiara Nirghin, who won a $50,000 (£38,000) scholarship, has been named in the Time Magazine’s Most Influential Teen list.

Ms. Nirghin’s award-winning research questioned how to keep crops alive in a drought. She looked at existing superabsorbent polymers which help dirt retain moisture and found them to be expensive and not eco-friendly. By looking at natural substitutes, she discovered that peels of avocados and oranges could become superabsorbent polymers when treated with UV light and heat.

Kiara hopes to become a scientist, and this new honor will certainly help her cement her position as a great young mind to be watched.

Read the full article here: Time Magazine, “The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016”



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