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Synthesis of a Biodegradable Bioplastic Alternative to Polypropylene Utilizing a Blend of D-Mannose and Acemannan from Aloe vera

Authors: Brian Lu and Haripriya Dukkipati Peer Reviewer: Ashley Yoon Professional Reviewer: Sidra tul Muntaha Saint Francis High School  Abstract The vast majority of commercial plastic that a general consumer encounters on store shelves, uses on a daily basis, and casually tosses into garbage bins is petroleum-based [1]. However, these materials degrade with much difficulty and originate from less-than-eco-friendly manufacturing processes; as a result, harmful plastic waste accumulates with negative ramifications for living beings in every conceivable ecosystem [3, 4]. Read more…

A Feasibility Study for Q-Learning Applied to a Dynamic Ant-Foraging Model

Written by: Malika Shah Peer Reviewer: Akhila Gundavelli Professional Reviewer: David Witman, PhD. Abstract: Reinforcement learning algorithms, such as Q-Learning, have been shown in certain situations to mimic the behavior of biological systems.  One example is ant-foraging models, where the goal of each individual ant is to explore an environment with the purpose of providing food for its colony.  Although traditional ant-foraging models have not included explicit reinforcement learning algorithms, they are well suited for this type of approach. In Read more…

Genetic Modification of Rice for Anemia and Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia Treatment

Sreenivas Eadara Legend High SchoolPeer Reviewer: Manasi Soman Pro Reviewer: Dr. Levente Pap Abstract There is a tremendous need for new agricultural developments to solve the iron deficiency anemia crisis. One such solution is examined here in the RedRice project; genetically modified rice can supplement heme iron as well as Vitamin B12 to treat populations worldwide. The project examined the procedures necessary to produce a genetically modified Oryza sativa (rice) plant using Agrobacterium tumefaciens genetic modification techniques. The genes transferred Read more…

Sound Localization and Speech Detection to Assist the Hearing Impaired

Yeji Cho Anthony Kim Valmik Ranparia Sky Shia Young KimChadwick High School/Peninsula High School Peer Reviewer: Annasimone Andrawis and Lily Ge Professional Reviewer: Mark Nimmer Sound Localization and Speech Detection to Assist the Hearing Impaired ABSTRACT Auditory assistive devices are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and audio visualization devices represent an innovative method of helping the hearing impaired. The purpose of this project is to evaluate a method of creating an auditory visualization device that displays the real- time location of a Read more…

The Role of FYN Inhibition and Knockdown in Determining Podocyte Cell Size and Actin Cytoskeleton

Daleep Grewal Roslyn High School Round Hill Road Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 Peer Reviewer: Himanshi Verma Pro Reviewer: Dr. Madhav C Menon Abstract Chronic kidney disease prevalence in the United States is expected to rise substantially, indicating that kidney transplantation is sub-par and that it is necessary to find biomarkers of the disease. Shroom3 was identified as a gene whose expression in renal allografts correlates with renal function decline; this is significant as 40% of transplant patients were found to Read more…

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