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Old 09.02.2012, 00:16
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10 years old girl discovers a new molecule

Clara Lazen is the discoverer of tetranitratoxycarbon, a molecule constructed of, obviously, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon. It's got some interesting possible properties, ranging from use as an explosive to energy storage. Lazen is listed as the co-author of a recent paper on the molecule. But that's not what's so interesting and inspiring about this story. What's so unusual here is that Clara Lazen is a ten-year-old fifth-grader in Kansas City, MO.

Like that sort of accidental discoveries. Still some surprises in life.
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Old 09.02.2012, 01:08
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Re: 10 years old girl discovers a new molecule

Or perhaps her father added her name, to avoid some personal wealth tax and future death duties on his estate?
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Old 09.02.2012, 03:25
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Or perhaps her father added her name, to avoid some personal wealth tax and future death duties on his estate?
Did you read the article? It explains what happened and how she "discovered" this new molecule.
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Old 09.02.2012, 03:56
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Re: 10 years old girl discovers a new molecule

So basically, the kid arranged a bunch of balls and sticks in a new way. The "molecule" does not exist in nature and from what the article says, it hasnt been made artificially either. And this is news because..?
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Old 09.02.2012, 06:26
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Clara Lazen is the discoverer of tetranitratoxycarbon, a molecule constructed of, obviously, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon. It's got some interesting possible properties, ranging from use as an explosive to energy storage. Lazen is listed as the co-author of a recent paper on the molecule. But that's not what's so interesting and inspiring about this story. What's so unusual here is that Clara Lazen is a ten-year-old fifth-grader in Kansas City, MO.

Like that sort of accidental discoveries. Still some surprises in life.
sounds like a potential guest for gitmo...
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Re: 10 years old girl discovers a new molecule

My two year old does this all day long.
Should I take pictures of it and send them to universities?
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Old 09.02.2012, 09:45
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My two year old does this all day long.
Should I take pictures of it and send them to universities?
well if it happens to be a stable molecule and it's not already known then yes.
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Old 09.02.2012, 12:06
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well if it happens to be a stable molecule and it's not already known then yes.
Do note, it is only theoretically stable, and calculated on relatively low levels of computational theory.
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Re: 10 years old girl discovers a new molecule

They havenīt found the Higgs Boson yet either
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Old 09.02.2012, 16:35
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So basically, the kid arranged a bunch of balls and sticks in a new way. The "molecule" does not exist in nature and from what the article says, it hasnt been made artificially either. And this is news because..?
I guess it's because there are lots of pages to fill with content. It's cute.

More interesting than Kim Kardaishian (or whichever Kardasihian) and her 20 hour marriage.
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My two year old does this all day long.
Should I take pictures of it and send them to universities?

Short answer...yes.
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Re: 10 years old girl discovers a new molecule

Looking at the model, I would guess it would be extremely unstable and probably quite difficult to synthesize.
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Old 10.02.2012, 02:43
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Looking at the model, I would guess it would be extremely unstable and probably quite difficult to synthesize.
I guess that's why they are saying it's explosive, no? I know nothing about molecules. But I imagine "unstable" means explosive.

Why don't you give it a go & let us know how it turns out. :P

(just joking, don't try that at home!)
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