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South African teen develops SAP from orange peels

from Nonwovens Industry

Kiara Nirghin, a 16-year-old South African schoolgirl, won the grand prize at Google's Science Fair for developing low-cost, biodegradable superabsorbent polymers (SAP) made out of orange peels. Nirghin's submission, "Fighting drought with fruit," beat students from around the world for a $50,000 scholarship. Nirghin's innovation was in response to South Africa's 2015 drought - the country's lowest ever rainfall since 1904. Last year, the country only received an average of 403mm if rainfall, just 66 percent of the annual average rainfall, according to her submission. more


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