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Kiara Nirghin

Hydration innovation wins Joburg pupil a Google Award

A young South African ‘scientist in the making’ has won a coveted Google award.

The Grade 11 pupil from St. Martin’s School in Johannesburg has come up with a new way to keep crops hydrated during drought.

Kiara Nirghin created a mixture made from avocado and orange peels that can hold hundreds of times its weight in water.

“Science should be used for the good of humanity,” she said.

As a result, she gets to visit Google’s headquarters in California for the company’s Science Fair Community Impact Award celebration.

Google says it’s only the second time that an African has featured among the winners.

The technology company uses the awards to inspire young people.

Two other young South Africans in another category also stand the chance to be amongst 16 global finalists at the fair.

Source – TheSouthAfrica

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