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9.18.2008

12-year-old invents nanotube solar cell thing

Talk about a bright kid! William Yuan, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Portland, Oregon, has developed a three-dimensional solar cell that absorbs UV as well as visible light. I barely understand what even means, but apparently the combination of the two might greatly improve cell efficiency: 12-year-old Revolutionizes the Solar Cell.

For his project, which he's been working on for the past two years, young William earned a $25,000 scholarship and a trip to the Library of Congress to accept the award, which is usually given out for research at the graduate level. More here: Seventh-grader shines with solar cell research.

No doubt, this achievement makes William the most badass kid at Meadow Park Middle School. You know what I was doing in the seventh grade? Nothing. I can't even remember. William has invented a highly-efficient, three-dimensional nanotube solar cell for visible and ultraviolet light. He wins.