One of the best Thomas Edison’s sayings is “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” He has lived this quote every day while he was creating the light bulb. Thomas Edison has undergone a lot: he has created his own hand blown glass bulbs, he has examined about 3,000 different theories of creating an element that would reduce the amount of electrical power needed to power a light bulb, and he has even tested above 6,000 types of filament to prolong the life of the light bulb for more than a few hours. In 1880, he created a bulb of 16 watts that could burn for 1500 hours.
We have to admit, not all people have that kind of motivation and determination to hold to some idea that we know it will work, even though the results we get for so many times are bad and unsatisfying. But those people are exactly the ones that carve the path into the future.
Another person who is living this famous quote of Edison’s is Jack Andraka from Crownsville, Maryland. Jack is a boy that is only fifteen years old and has experienced a rough period in his life that actually gave him the motivation to persist. Namely, he has watched a dear friend of his family, who was almost like an uncle to him, like a real family, die of pancreatic cancer.
However, Jack did not think of that as simply a fact of life, but he chose to become proactive. He has seen that a considerable part of the problem was a lack of tests and examination that will detect the disease in its early phase. That is why he decided to invent it himself and make a test that will detect cancer in its earliest stages.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading reason of cancer death, and it has been recorded to take about 34,000 lives every year. One of the reasons for the great rate of death cases is the fact that this disease is usually only detected late in its progression and has an unbelievably low survival rate after it is being diagnosed.
The testing methods for detecting pancreatic cancer that are used currently are sixty years old, they cost about 800 dollars and miss about 30 percent of all cases of pancreatic cancer.
This test developed by Jack is:
• 26,000 times cheaper
• 168 times faster
• and 400 times more responsive than the current method of detection
his basic and primary tools for doing the research before creating the test were Google and Wikipedia, online resources that are available to literally anyone on the planet that has and uses the Internet.
Guess what is the price of this test? It is three cents.
This test takes only five minutes, and its accuracy rate is hundred percent, unlike the standard one, that is sixty years old, costs about 800 dollars and has only 70 percent accuracy rate.