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Gitanjali Rao, 11, says she was appalled by the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. — so she designed a device to test for lead faster. She was named "America's Top Young Scientist" on Tuesday at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. Andy King/Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge hide caption

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Breakthrough Pain Treatment Or Snake Oil? You Decide.

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Lineman and Electricians train with the APA-5 Atlas Powered Ascender to recover rescue dummy prior to the onset of suspension trauma. Courtesy of Nate Ball/Atlas Devices hide caption

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The Army, The Inventor And The Surprising Uses Of A Batman Machine

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How Moldy Hay And Sick Cows Led To A Lifesaving Drug

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The MD Brush toothbrush forces users to hold it at the optimal angle relative to their gums. Shuyao Chen/NPR hide caption

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Brush Yourself Off And Try Again: An Invention Story

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The defensive mucus of the Arion subfuscus slug has inspired materials scientists trying to invent better medical adhesives. Nigel Cattlin/Visuals Unlimited/Getty Images hide caption

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Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

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Andy Leer of maker space chain TechShop calibrates a 3-D printer at a GE-sponsored pop-up workshop in Washington, D.C. Maker spaces, which offer access to industrial-grade tools, are attracting support from governments and big companies like Ford and Lowe's. Gary Cameron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big

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The Organ Care System keeps lungs warm, breathing and nourished while outside the body. MediCommConsultants hide caption

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Richard Turere speaks at the TED2013 conference in Long Beach, Calif. With a simple invention, the Kenyan teen figured out a way to keep cows and their predators safe. James Duncan Davidson hide caption

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Students Blake Jamar (from left), Ryan Clifton and Gregory Gonzales take apart a bicycle that generates electricity at Analy High School in Sebastopol, Calif. Jon Kalish for NPR hide caption

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What's The Big Idea? Pentagon Agency Backs Student Tinkerers To Find Out

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