A 17-year-old from Colorado Springs, Colo., has won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for her research of algae biofuels, the foundation announced this week, Yahoo! News reports. Sara Volz was awarded the top prize for her research, which included artificial selection to establish populations of algae cells with high oil content that can be used as economically feasible biofuel. Volz’s project was selected out of an initial 1,712 entries from high school seniors. The 300 semifinalists were announced in January and 40 of those individuals were chosen as finalists and invited to Washington, the foundation stated. Volz established a home lab underneath her loft bed and sleeps on the same light cycle as her algae, the foundation reported. According to the Denver Post , Volz did some of her research with the help of Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy but found that it was more practical to keep all of her research in a single site: the same room where she slept…

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