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Teen Scientist Jack Andraka Created a Pancreatic Cancer Test at 15

04/05/2014 at 10:35 AM EDT

Jack Andraka, 17, created a simple test to detect pancreatic cancer when he was only 15.

Motivated by the death of a close family friend, the Crownsville, Md., high school junior wanted to design a way to detect the disease in its early stages. He applied to 200 labs and was rejected by 199 of them. But working at a Johns Hopkins University lab, he came up with a test that costs three cents and gives results in just five minutes.

“It’s a paper sensor coated in a carbon substance that attracts a protein in the bloodstream that is indicative of the cancer,” he explains, noting it also may help detect ovarian and lung cancers.

More trials are needed, but Jack is in talks with companies to develop his test. Already he’s won the top prize at Intel’s 2012 Science and Engineering Fair.

But at home, says mom Jane, “Jack still has to do his chores and homework and drives us crazy because he always has his earbuds in.”

Teen Scientist Jack Andraka Created a Pancreatic Cancer Test at 15
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Is Prince Harry Preparing to Pop the Question to Cressida Bonas?

04/04/2014 at 12:35 PM EDT

Is Prince Harry Preparing to Pop the Question to Cressida Bonas?

Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry

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Is there another royal engagement on the way?

Rumors about Prince Harry and girlfriend Cressida Bonas are heating up after a report on Friday claims her family is holding a “summit” about the couple to discuss the possible royal betrothal.

The Daily Mail, which published the report, may be right about the strength of Harry and Cressida’s relationship, but a source doubts that there’s any such summit taking place to map out a road to the altar for the pair.

In fact, the source says, it’s unlikely any plans for an engagement would be known to anyone but the couple. “If they were going to get engaged Harry would want to keep it so very quiet,” the source says. “And they aren’t the sort of family that needs to have a ‘summit’ over an engagement.”

Harry, who visited London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday, is likely to follow in his brother’s footsteps and keep an engagement as low-key as possible – while he can. After all, his brother Prince William proposed to Kate in secret while they away together in Africa before announcing it to the world.

But there’s no doubt that Harry, 29, and Cressida, 25, are “very serious,” as a family friend told PEOPLE late last year.

Recent sightings seem to underscore that point: Cressida appeared at Harry’s side at her first official royal outing when he made a speech to 12,000 young people last month, prompting bookmakers to slash the odds of an engagement. She has also joined him on quiet dates, too, like grabbing a burger together in January.

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Is Prince Harry Preparing to Pop the Question to Cressida Bonas?
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What Surprising Gift Did Queen Elizabeth Give Pope Francis?

04/03/2014 at 04:30 PM EDT

What Surprising Gift Did Queen Elizabeth Give Pope Francis?

Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis

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What do you give head of the Roman Catholic Church?

Queen Elizabeth gifted Pope Francis with a bottle of whiskey from Balmoral, along with a basket of jams and other drinks produced on the royal family’s estate, ABC News reports.

Her Majesty and His Holiness exchanged gifts during a brief, informal visit by the Queen to the Vatican Thursday. The trip marks the first time that the two have met, and Queen Elizabeth was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip.

For his part, the pontiff gave the queen a gift for her great-grandson, Prince George, who is about to embark on his first trip overseas to Australia and New Zealand.

In honor George’s travels, Pope Francis chose a precious stone globe with a cross decoration.

He also gave the queen an antique parchment from 1679 with a message that translates to “to the city and the word,” and which the pope traditionally delivers at Christmas and during Easter.

What Surprising Gift Did Queen Elizabeth Give Pope Francis?
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