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Budding teen engineers scoop prestige awards

Three of Britain's brightest youngsters have scooped top honours in science and engineering at the 2012 National Science & Engineering Competition.

Two Cardiff teenagers were voted Young Engineers of the Year for creating a portable device to monitor when mothers are about to go into labour. A third teenager, from West Kirby, Merseyside, carried off the title of UK Young Scientist of the Year for pioneering work to target specific cancer cells. The trio, all aged 17, were chosen from a line-up of 360 talented youngsters, all with potentially world-beating ideas. The competition is open to all UK students aged 11 to 18 in full-time education.