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Mexican boy invents cactus-based graffiti remover

By Chara

An 11-year-old boy from Mexico has created a graffiti remover that uses parts of the cactus (nopal) plant.
The inventor is Jayro Diaz Hernandez. A native of Morelia, Michoacan, Diaz Hernandez joined the Adopt a Talent Program (also known by its Spanish acronym, PAUTA) in Morelia and worked with a group of advisors from the Universidad Latina de America (UNLA) in pursuing his invention.
“(Graffiti) is a worldwide problem,” he was quoted by the newspaper La Jornada as saying. “We found that pre-Hispanic civilizations used the cactus as (an) agglutinative as part of their buildings. It is a plant that we find all over our country.”
Diaz Hernandez received support in multiple areas, including research, communication, civil engineering, biotechnology and psychology. It took him six months to develop and complete his project, which he told Televisa he was inspired to create because of the graffiti he has seen on public and private walls in his neighborhood.
Diaz Hernandez mixed cactus, glycerin and ethyl alcohol to create his remover. The remover was tried on various types of surfaces, including mud, black quarry, rose quarry, aluminum and glass. It damaged none of the surfaces.
The remover is undergoing further study to determine an expiration date. In addition, scientists are trying to prevent early oxidation from taking place when the remover is used.


Un niño de 11 años de México ha creado un removedor de graffiti que utiliza partes de la planta de cactus (nopal).

El inventor es Jayro Díaz Hernández. Originario en Morelia, Michoacán, Díaz Hernández se unió al Programa Adopte un Talento en Morelia y trabajó con un grupo de asesores de la Universidad Latina de América (UNLA) en la investigación de su invención.
“(El Graffiti) es un problema mundial”, indicó el diario La Jornada. “Encontramos que las civilizaciones prehispánicas usaban el cactus como aglutinante para sus edificios. Es una planta que encontramos en todo el país “.
Díaz Hernández recibió apoyo en múltiples áreas, incluyendo la investigación, comunicación, ingeniería civil, biotecnología y psicología. Le llevó seis meses desarrollar y completar su proyecto, le mencionó a Televisa que para crearlo se inspiró debido a los graffiti que ha visto en las paredes de edificios públicos y privados de su barrio.
Díaz Hernández mezcló cactus, glicerina y alcohol etílico para crear su removedor. El removedor fue probado en varios tipos de superficies, incluyendo barro, cantera negra, cantera de rosa, aluminio y vidrio. No dañó ninguna de las superficies.
El removedor se somete a un estudio adicional para determinar una fecha de vencimiento. Además, los científicos están tratando de prevenir la oxidación temprana al utilizar el removedor.

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