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Krish Wadhwani
Hi all! It’s Krish, and I’m here with my fifth blog post! Wow, can anyone believe that there’s less than a month till the Young Scientist Challenge Finalist event occurs? I remember July like it was yesterday- time really flies! Today, I’d like to talk about the element that was able to spark my project and enhance it to such a high level.  
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Cameron Sharma
Hard to believe it is the penultimate blog. I can almost see the end. I am excited about meeting everyone from the group and those at 3M. As I have stated in my video, it has been great working on a product that will benefit the humanity, especially those in the underserved areas of the globe. Having the expertise of a professional scientist, backed by the resources of 3M, has been a unique experience.
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Theodore Jiang
Hey there, Fifth blog post here. It’s been over two months since the summer mentorship started, and little over a month before the final event. In this blog I want to briefly share some of the highlights during the process so far.
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Zachary Hessler
Greetings Fellow Young Scientists, Friends and Followers, We are nearing the home stretch. These past several weeks have been incredibly focused on turning our ideas into prototypes. This would not have been possible without the help of our mentors and their colleagues at 3M, all experts in their fields... and mine! I was fortunate to meet with some incredible scientists who helped me challenge, refine and focus my invention into a valuable solution for use in both industrial and commercial settings.
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Julia Gelfond
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Anna Du
Hi! I am in the last few stages of my project. To verify all of my detection systems, I have been using a novel method proposed in a Nature article, which has close to 100% accuracy in identifying plastics. This method uses Nile Red dye to color the plastics and proceeds to look at it with multiple fluorescent lights. It stated that the light that worked the best was blue-green light.  
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Sriram Bhimaraju
What has been the best part of the process so far?
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Mehaa Amirthalingam
In this blog, I will be talking about how I conducted my experiments.
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Leo Wylonis
Hi again fellow scientists and engineers! I’ve been working hard on my summer project and doing lots of research!  I did get a chance to go on vacation with my family in North Carolina.  We visited Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers flew the first airplane!  Please check out my video blog below where I share my thoughts on the importance of research in a science project.