Two 15-year-olds have not only assured themselves a berth among finalists of the annual Global Google Science Fair, but also have done the State proud by their prodigious scientific talents. The twosome of Mr Vineeth Nayak and Mr Aditya Bhargava have developed a bio-sensor that will detect the quantity of hydrazine, a highly toxic inorganic compound in water and help cleanse and make it potable. Hydrazine is mainly used as a foaming agent in preparing polymer foams. But significantly used in various rocket fuels and prepare gas precursors used in air bags, besides within both nuclear and conventional electrical power plant steam cycles as oxygen scavenger to control concentrations of dissolved oxygen to curtail corrosion.Besides being eco-friendly, all waste generated from the bio-sensor are biodegradable. Both are Class X students of Sharadavidyaniketan Public School, Talapady, Mangalore.
Among 90 finalists
The duo are among 90 finalists chosen from across the globe. Of the 90, nine are from India and of whom five are from Karnataka. The finalists will compete in Google Hyderabad unit early August, after which 15 will be sent to the US for final round. The duo hope that if they win, NASA and ISRO would use their bio-sensor to solve their problems.