WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- Two of this year's big winners in Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair are teenagers in the WUSA viewing area.
Jack Andraka of Anne Arundel County won the contest and its $75,000 first prize with a new test to detect pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage than current tests, with a 90 percent accuracy rate and at a less expensive cost.
"I'm just really passionate about science. It's just my thing. I just like working on medical research," the 15-year-old student said.
A $50,000 prize went to runner up Ari Dyckovsky, an 18-year-old student from Leesburg who is doing pioneering research in entanglement-assisted teleportation.
The research is highly valued by intelligence agencies because it may allow them to communicate more securely with no chance of information being intercepted.
"You take the "Beam Me Up Scotty " analogy from Star Trek and just imagine them going in, and, as they leave here, they're showing up there. That same thing happens with information with atoms," Dyckovsky told 9News Now.
His research is at the atomic level.
"It will never work with humans. It will never work with matter. It will only work with information," he said.