This is pretty fucking cool:
Based on diabetic test paper, Jack [Andraka] created a simple dip-stick sensor to test blood or urine to determine whether or not a patient has early-stage pancreatic cancer. His study resulted in over 90 percent accuracy and showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. Jack received the Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO of $75,000.
Oh, he’s 15 years old. Early detection boosts pancreatic cancer survival rates from 5% to 23%. If his invention pans out, he’ll have saved more money and more lives — at 15 — than all the politicians on Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue combined.
This is what innovation looks like.