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Fastest fingers crowned in texting contest (video)

Event shows how nanotechnology influences lives

Brianna Rotella, 15, of Ballston Spa, center, competing in and later winning the NanoText Competition at the Smart Phone Revolution Event at the UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Brianna Rotella, 15, of Ballston Spa, center, competing in and later winning the NanoText Competition at the Smart Phone Revolution Event at the UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
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The battle for the region’s first-ever speed texting champion came down to two teenage sisters. “Crap,” whispered Alyssa Rotella nervously, as she turned around to face her dad. “I didn’t include a comma!” Rotella, 17, was the frontrunner of the competition. She had come in first place during the previous round, which narrowed the field of competitors from 10 to five. And she had an actual keyboard on her phone, as opposed to the rest ...


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