posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 01:18 AM
From the wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org - Jack Andraka...
In an interview with the BBC, Jack said the idea for his pancreatic cancer test came to him while he was in biology class at North County High School,
drawing on the class lesson about antibodies and the article on analytical methods using carbon nanotubes he was surreptitiously reading at the
time. Afterwards, he followed up with more research using Google Search on nanotubes and cancer biochemistry, aided by free online scientific
He then contacted 200 professors at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health with a plan, a budget, and timeline for his project
in order to receive laboratory help. He had received nearly 200 rejection emails before he got a positive reply from Dr. Anirban Maitra, Professor of
Pathology, Oncology and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
He reads more human, but at 15 I was playing video games.
Sometimes I wonder how different our world would be if we could read science books and math books for fun. Imagine if there was no Xbox or
Playstation. Just lots of eager learners.
...eager learners that're learning useful things.
But that's another world. One that only exists in fiction. Too bad.
Instead a minority comes out and does what the rest of us to this day take for granted. Is it any miracle that a actor makes tens of millions and yet
a scientist is lucky to make a million. Is it any wonder that we as a global population spend trillions of dollars each year on military to protect
ourselves from each other? Is it any mystery that we're reading a story about a 15 y/o inventor?
I recall watching a news reporter doing a short interview of a "genius". The boy was telling her that he didn't waste his time on video games. He
developed skills and he did his school work and that to him those things were more important than wasting time. It's sad that this little boy had more
wisdom than many of us adults. And it's sad that we have to label him a genius instead of a hero.
Whoever said it had it right. It's a miracle that humanity has survived.
EDIT: Ok, so I'm being harsh. But it's deserved. There's lots of wasted potential. And I also understand that some people are so low that no amount of
criticism will help. These people are long past caring. They've simply given up and my words do no service to them. It's like kicking a dog that
refuses to sit up and walk and just cowers in fear and awaits banishment from existence.
edit on 8-2-2013 by jonnywhite because: (no reason