Teens take home science gold at Intel ISEF

Self-driving vehicles, battery alternatives and analyses of galaxy clusters claim top prizes at global high school science competition

By Sid Perkins, 13:18 PM May 20, 2013

PHOENIX — Hate driving your car when you could be a passenger? A self-driving vehicle that one day could chauffer human occupants around town brought its inventor, a 19-year-old Romanian computer scientist, the top prize — and $75,000 — this week at the world’s premier high school research competition.

Ionut Budisteanu, a student at Liceul Tehnologic Oltchim in Ramnicu Valcea, Romania, was the big winner at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or Intel ISEF. He was one...

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