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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- He had a mathematical vision, that may help people like you and me, literally see though dense fog.

"It was crazy; it was really cool."  Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology junior Caelan Garrett is talking about the revelation he had after his summer internship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

Garrett improved on a 50 year algorithm first the discovered by the founder of Polaroid cameras. It's called the retinex theory, and Garrett's take on it can make objects appear which normally obscured in a camera lens.

His mentor, Dr. Mark Livingston, said, "I don't know why someone hasn't figured this out, this algorithm, and here we've got someone who is saying, 'I can fix this,' and he was able to do it, implement it, and it was able to give us much better results"

Garrett's worked won him $13,000 in scholarships, and now he's applied for a U.S patent.

Students and teachers at Thomas Jefferson High School in could be more proud.

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