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12-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead Detector To Help Diminish Flint Water Crisis

Nearly three years ago, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan had everyone’s eyes glued on the small city. This included 12-year-old Gitanjali Rao from Colorado who was so distraught over the situation that she decided to take action to ensure this catastrophe would not happen again.

The invention, which ushered Gitanjali to become the 2017 winner of the Young Scientist Challenge, is an at home lead detector called Tethys, CBS News reports.

“Imagine living day in and day out drinking contaminated water with dangerous substances like lead. Introducing Tethys, the easy to use, fast, accurate, portable and inexpensive device to detect lead in water,” Gitanjali spoke during her presentation at the national competition.

Some thousand miles away from her home, Gitanjali watched for nearly two years as the residents in Flint struggled for access to clean lead-free water.

“I’ve been following the Flint water crisis for about two years,” said Gitanjali. “Lead is mostly harmful to younger children, about my age — giving them growth defects and potentially damaging their brain.”

In Flint, nearly 100,000 residents reportedly drank lead contaminated water unknowingly for more than a year and to this day Flint still does not have clean water.

“That’s not something I want to go through, what the Flint residents went through .. our water quality’s just as important as doctor’s appointments or dentist’s appointments,” Gitanjali said.

Her invention allows consumers to detect lead within seconds using carbon molecules and a mobile app versus having to wait days for water samples to be sent to a lab.

Gitanjali’s teacher, Simi Basu, is confident in her ability to bring Tethys into the market for the greater good. "I am so confident that she will be able to take it to the market if we keep providing her help," Basu said to CBS, calling Gitanjali a "risk taker -- she's not afraid to fail."

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The actress opened up on Monday's episode (May 20) about her relationship to porn, which she revealed occurred shortly before her relationship with her husband Will Smith began.

"If I was still on my porn game, I'd be able to show you some good porn," she said to her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne shortly before the episode began.

"Back in the day I had a little porn addiction, but I wasn't in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness," she said. "...Maybe I’ll say now that I had an unhealthy relationship to porn at one point in my life where I was trying to practice abstinence."

When prompted by her daughter on what brought on this "fixation" to adult entertainment, Jada discussed that it came from an emotional place.

"It was actually like feeling like an emptiness, at least you think it is," she explained. "But it's actually not."

Later on in the episode, the trio brought in a couple who explained how the man's porn addiction nearly cost them their marriage.

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TMZ says that the late rapper's family believes that Emani's biological mother, Tanisha Foster, is "unfit" to take care of the child. Foster was interviewed briefly by the gossip site's cameras regarding the verdict, where she voiced her disappointment.

"I'm pissed off," she said. When prompted about matters such as visitation rights for the child, Foster did not comment. There is reportedly another hearing in July.

"Tanisha's lawyer, Larry Lewellyn, tells TMZ he's working with Nipsey's family on a visitation schedule that will be in Emani's best interest," reports the site. Emani has been living under the care of Smith since her father's untimely death in late-March.

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Congrats: Ciara To Study At Harvard Business School

Props are in order for Ciara. The singer will reportedly be attending an Ivy League school– Harvard University to be exact– to continue to level up.

According to People, a representative for CiCi confirmed that the superstar will be taking classes at the prestigious Boston college's business school in the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program. The school's website notes that "admission to Ciara’s specific program is a 'selective process based on … professional achievement and organizational responsibilities.'"

As we know, attending college is no easy feat, and the "Thinkin' Bout You" singer will reportedly learn to "develop and execute more effective business strategies" as well as “debate and analyze the business and technology trends that are redefining the industry."

"I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for," Ciara wrote on Instagram. "This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement! Thank you @anitaelberse for a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend @Harvard BEMS."

Ciara's latest album, Beauty Marks, dropped earlier this month, and she also recently became a full-blown business woman when she announced her plans to start her own label and company, Beauty Marks Entertainment. BME will reportedly live at the crossroads of entertainment, "where music intersects with Film, Fashion, Technology & Philanthropy."

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I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for. This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement! Thank you @anitaelberse for a once in in a lifetime opportunity to attend @Harvard BEMS. #WhyNotHER

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