Our Next Einstein: Charles Rose

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The votes are in! The judges have made their choices!

We are proud to announce that the winner of "Searching for the Next Einstein" is......

CHARLES ROSE from London, Ontario.

This was Charles' submission:


A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Donate. Dragonflies are among the fastest flying insects in the world. Dragonflies are predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and wasps. They are found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. Some 5680 different species of dragonflies are known in the world today. Female dragonflies lay eggs in or near water. The eggs then hatch into nymphs. Most of a dragonfly's life is spent in the nymph form, beneath the water's surface, using extendable jaws to catch other invertebrates (often mosquito larvae). The larval stage of large dragonflies may last for five years. The adult stage of larger species of dragonfly can last for five or six months. 
BIG IDEA: 
Use molecular biotechnology techniques to develop photosynthetic dragonflies. Genetically engineered dragonflies carry not only chloroplasts but also other necessary regulatory genes. These photosynthetic dragonflies are expected to reproduce, generating photosynthetic offspring (i.e., it is a self-perpetuating process). A mathematical model based on differential equations can show the initial mass of viable dragonflies that is necessary in order to have a sustainable and non-negligible photosynthetic effect and, thus, an impact on the environment (i.e., carbon dioxide uptake). The expectation is that implementing a biotechnology program that can produce photosynthetic dragonflies continually will have a substantial effect on global warming by capturing carbon dioxide molecules. Since dragonflies do not constitute a threat to humans, farm animals, or agriculture, they are considered a safe choice

We knew from the start that our winner needed an idea that possesed creativity, innovation and most importantly, the 'Einstein' factor, the type of idea that makes us go like this:

"Huh? Wait a sec...woah! I didn't think that could be possible, but now, after thinking about it, this could be amazing!"

And that's exactly how we felt when we first read this idea. What do you think of Charle's extraordinary idea?

 

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