• Agents of Change

    • This twenty-year-old has become the youngest researcher at the University of Oxford.

    Vanessa Restrepo: the twenty-year-old that used water to produce fuel / 

    Vanessa Restrepo believes that the only way to move forwards, to live a fuller life, is through technological advances, as is the case of evolution. Parting from this premise, the twenty-year-old, a biology student in her native Colombia, is changing the way we understand the production of energy. Her philosophy is simple: nature holds all the answers humans need.

    So, how is it that life acquires energy to exist? Perhaps the answer lies in the biological mechanisms that surrounds us. Lets consider the human body for example: 90 percent of it is water and most of our energy is obtained through chemical processes that transform liquids into energy, which theoretically means that we could replicate our internal energetic model to produce energy from water.

    One of the greatest advantages of living nowadays, says Restrepo, is that anybody with a strong interest in something search for information online and easily quench their thirst for knowledge. She categorically declares that the difference between a classmate of her same age and herself, is that she decided to skip the usual teaching rhythm, instead she took her computer and independently researched everything that interested her, a type of self-teaching.

    After she discovered a way to produce energy from water, the University of Oxford took her in as their youngest researcher.

    The biological processes are the result of chemical reactions, which generate energy for specific tasks. Apparently cells and their functions can help us understand an unlimited amount of information that allow us to understand processes that are highly beneficial for science, while simultaneously encouraging eco-friendly behaviour.

    For the scientific community, and the world at large, Vanessa Restrepo is an agent of change. She has suggested a new path that reconsiders the way we produce energy by simply proposing that we use already existing natural processes. The latter has modifies the way we conceive fuels, usually produced in artificial processes that pay little attention to life processes and instead presents us an unsurpassable model for functioning and sustainability.

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