Inspiring Bright Lights
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives and of people you love.
When we learn to tap this source, we will truly have defeated age.”
America’s Young Up and Coming Tenors
One of the acts that blew the other competition out of the water on America’s Got Talent a few days ago was the Forte Tenors, seen in the above clip.
The Forte Tenors trio is made up of three young guys: Josh Page, Fernando Varela, and Hana Ryu. Before their live performance on America’s Got Talent, they had never performed together in front of an audience in their lives. In fact, they met each other in person only a few days prior to their debut.
Josh Page is 23 years old from New York and the founder of The Brothers Page, a group he founded with his brother Zach. Fernando Varela is a proud Puerto Rican singer and father. Hana Ryu is from South Korea but now lives New York after coming to the States four years ago.
Did they dazzle us? You bet, and they caused the audience and the judges to explode with clapping and standing ovations after their surprising performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu.
Teen’s Pharmaceutical Company Highlights Innovation with “Flying Syringe”
Provita Pharmaceuticals isn’t your regular biotechnology company. For one thing, no one on its 15-member staff is over the age of 18.
More surprisingly, Joshua Meier is the CEO of Provita, even though he’s 16 years old.
While most 16-year-old boys are video gaming and seeking to snag dates, Meier’s company has given a presentation to the FDA and submitted its grant idea for the “flying syringe,” a tool using mosquitoes to deliver vaccines to those in need for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Provita was founded in 2008, before Meier had entered high school. He was part of a group of seven magnet high school programs focused on subjects from business to medicine. His group, which was science-focused, collaborated with the business-focused students and created a business plan for Provita.
The Bergen County Technical Schools district funds Provita, giving the youthful company access to everything from a stem cell lab to a microbiology lab. Its first project was Coagula, which aimed to reduce the amount of injections suffered by hemophilia and von Willebrand patients.
Now, it’s working on the flying syringe. The idea is genetically engineering mosquitoes to produce and deliver a vaccine for the West Nile Virus, similar to plans with malaria. Their project has caught the attention of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, which has expressed interest in helping with future development of the firm.
–And the company does it humbly for educational and humanitarian gain; there’s not a profit in sight.
Why Didn’t We Think of That?
What were you doing when you were 15? Probably not revolutionizing the way we deal with blackouts and coal mines and other dark places.
When the power goes out we’ve all had to decide between candles and flashlights, yet both have the same drawback: they eventually run out.
Ann Makosinski, a 15-year-old student with St. Michaels University School in Canada, has created a flashlight that is powered solely by the heat of a human hand. For this, she has been chosen as one of 15 finalists for Google’s global science fair.
She created the device using the idea of Peltier tiles, which are devices that create energy when one side is heated while the other side is cooled. Combining this which created enough power, to a store-bought circuit providing enough voltage, she ended up with The Hollow Flashlight.
Inside the flashlight is nothing but air, which acts as the cooling agent. So, wrap your hand around the outside and you’ve got the necessary temperature duality. It requires absolutely no outside power source other than a human hand. And it only cost Ann $26. If they ever begin mass producing these things– and they really should– Makosinski thinks her flashlight can be made far cheaper.
Makosinski briefly explains the process of building her flashlight here.
Helping Humboldt Through Lemonade, One Cup at a Time
From the Times-Standard article by Catherine Wong:
When Monica Bode’s daughters told her they wanted to hold a lemonade stand for Miranda’s Rescue this summer, she said, “OK, but it’s Monday.”
Six-year-old Samya Bode and 14-year-old Kelsea Bode replied, “We know, Mommy. We want to do it every day.”
Bode said she and her daughters found out about Miranda’s Rescue after her sister adopted a dog from the no-kill animal sanctuary in Fortuna. She said Samya wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up because she knows that a large portion of the shelter’s money goes to veterinary costs.
This summer, the Bode family will be serving 9 ounce cups of ice-cold lemonade from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside of their McKinleyville apartment complex on Fischer Road near Roger’s Market every day until the Annual Wine & Cheese Open House at Miranda’s Rescue on Aug. 4.
Kelsea said she has held lemonade stands before, but she has never done one over the course of multiple days or for a charity. She said that even something as easy as a lemonade stand can be stressful in a rush.
”They have huge hearts, and I love them for wanting to do this,” Bode said…
You can read Catherine Wong’s full article here.
Ryan Wang, the Five-Year Old Carnegie Hall Pianist:
Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every night going to rest and sleep a little death.
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