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On family trips to India as a child, Deepika Kurup often saw kids like herself forced to drink dirty water -- as a result, at age 14, this Kerala origin girl determined to find to a way to ensure that everyone has access to safe drinking water. For an 8th grade project, the Nashua, New Hampshire teen invented a water purification system that uses a photocatalytic composite and sunlight to clean water -- an invention which earned her recognition as America's Top Young Scientist in 2012. Three years later, the now 17-year-old scientist has spent several years improving her purification system and is currently one of the winners of the 2015 Google Science Fair! She won the National Geographic Explorer Award given to a project in the natural sciences. Deepika found that a solution ...

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