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RTÉ News: Browser project wins Young Scientist award

Adann Osmani, a 16-year-old student from St Finnian’s College in Mullingar, County Westmeath has won the Young Scientist of the Year competition.
His winning entry incorporates a new type of browser for speeding up internet usage by 400%.

That’s a fairly big claim, I presume it’s a UI development. A google search for “Adann Osmani” turns up blank so I hope his work gets published somewhere.

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