Anika Puri, 17, won the 2022 Peggy Scripps Award for Science Communication for her prototype of a machine-learning-driven software that analyzes movement patterns in thermal infrared videos of humans and elephants.
During a recent trip to India, Puri realized that elephants were still being poached for their tusks.
“I was quite taken aback,” Puri told Smithsonian Magazine. “Because I always thought, ‘well, poaching is illegal, how come it really is still such a big issue?'”
Over the next two years, Puri created …