At just fifteen years old, Vancouver high school student Nicole Ticea developed an early-stage HIV test that’s as easy to use as an over-the-counter pregnancy test. Unlike current rapid response tests which rely on testing antibodies, Ticea utilized a technique known as isothermic nucleic acid amplification, making it possible to detect the virus as early as one week after infection. The disposable device does not rely on electricity, provides results in under one hour and should cost less than $5.00 to produce.

“Nicole’s work really made me realize what a big difference a fast easy-to-administer test for early stage HIV infection could make in prolonging, if not saving, thousands of lives in developing countries,” said Gursev Anmole, the graduate student mentor who assisted Nicole on her research at Simon Fraser University.

Ticea was recently awarded the 2015 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for her groundbreaking work. After starting her own company, she received a $100,000 grant to continue developing this technology in the hopes of bringing it to low-income communities in need.

He failed to conceive, or perhaps could not conceive, that a black teenage boy living in the Richard Allen Project Homes for very low income families would own a telescope and enjoyed looking at the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn.

A black boy carrying a telescope wasn’t conceivable — unless he had stolen it — given the white racist horizons within which my black body was policed as dangerous. To the officer, I was something (not someone) patently foolish, perhaps monstrous or even fictional. My telescope, for him, was a weapon.

On family trips to India as a child, Deepika Kurup often saw kids like herself forced to drink dirty water – as a result, at age 14, this Mighty Girl became determined to find to a way to ensure that everyone has access to safe drinking water. For an 8th grade project, the Nashua, New Hampshire teen invented a water purification system that uses a photocatalytic composite and sunlight to clean water – an invention which earned her recognition as America’s Top Young Scientist in 2012. Three years later, the now 17-year-old scientist has spent several years improving her purification system and is currently one of the finalists for the 2015 Google Science Fair!

According to Deepika, access to clean water is a global crisis; “one-ninth of the global population lacks access to clean water,” she explains “and 500,000 children die every year because of water related diseases.“ On the trips to India, her immigrant parents’ native land, Deepika saw the struggle for clean water first hand: “[My parents] would have to boil the water before we drank it. I also saw children on the streets of India… take these little plastic bottles and they’re forced to fill it up with the dirty water they see on the street. And they’re forced to drink that water, because they don’t have another choice. And then I go back to America and I can instantly get tap water.”

Her early investigations into water purification methods found that many of them were expensive and potentially hazardous. “Traditionally, to purify waste water, they use chlorine, and chlorine can create harmful byproducts,” she points out. “Also, you have to keep replenishing the chlorine, you have to keep putting chlorine into the waste water to purify it.” She wanted to invent a new way to clean water that would be both cheap and sustainable.

Deepika came up with the idea of using a photocatalyst – a substance that reacts with water’s impurities when energized by the sun – that also filters the water. The combination of the reaction and the filtration can remove most contaminants for a fraction of the cost of chlorine purification. She determined that her system reduces the presence of coliform bacteria by 98% immediately after filtration and by 100% within 15 minutes. Another advantage is that her catalyst is reusable: “a catalyst doesn’t get used up in the reaction,” she says. “Theoretically you can keep using my composite forever.”

Deepika’s efforts have already by widely recognized – in addition to being named America’s Top Young Scientist in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, she was also the recipient of the 2013 President’s Environmental Youth Award and the 2014 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and she was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 2015 “30 Under 30 in Energy.” She’s also excited to meet the other finalists at next week’s Google Science Fair’s Finalist Ceremony – even if it means missing a few days of classes at her new school, Harvard University, where she plans to study neurobiology. Most of all, she’s looking for forward to taking her research from the lab to real life: “It’s one thing to be working in a lab, doing this, and another thing to actually deploy it and see it working in the real world. So that’s one of my steps in the future.”

To learn more about Deepika’s research, you can visit her Google Science Fair project page at

On “talent”: A few words for young people in science.

Having seen the discourse going on over at @nasa-official, I decided to finally get around to writing up my thoughts on young people wishing to get into science, but feeling that they are not talented enough. 

In short, you can learn and be interested and passionate. You can most definitely be successful. 

Anyway, you can read the full thing here on my blog

If there’s anyone who wants to talk about their work or their goals, or simply wants some reassurance that they are more than capable, feel free to drop me an ask or a message. I’ll answer as soon as I can.

The Big Bang Theory Season 10 Episode 1 #The Conjugal Conjecture Full HD

Here  The Big Bang Theory Season 10 Episode 1 #The Conjugal Conjecture


The Big Bang Theory is a comedy series about four young scientists who know all about the world of physics, and one girl, who gives the physics world a real spin.

Enjoy The Show

… How Sansy and Alphys met when they were young, at Core. And MUCH a bit before she knew Undyne, so chill :P XDD. And yeah Gaster is like WTF.

Welp but yeah, recently, some jokes happened all of a sudden and now I’mma Trashy Shipper. PLOT TWIST! But hey-hey-hey, it’s really okay to UNFOLLOW me for this if TOO much for y’ur so-fragile soul :3 XDDD 

ok but how great is it to have a young girl being taught by another female scientist about science and having her be excited in “science class” like orphan black just gives us so much representation of females in STEM??? like hallelujah jesus recognition that women not only like science but can be ridiculously good at it let us never forget these moments


Supporting young scientists, creating educational research opportunities, and enabling individuals to better their communities… this is just perfect. 
To learn more, check out GMin’s Innovation Labs Fundraiser and the THNKR YouTube channel. 


These awesome Frankenstein-style light switch plates are perfect for mad scientists (or sane yet stylish scientists), science classrooms, and haunted houses. Made by Jason Kittrell of 3D Printing Egg, they’re available in single, double, and even triple switch versions. And if you’ve already got a 3D printer of your own, the source for each design is available as a free download.

[via Geekologie]