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10-Year-Old Accidentally Creates New Molecule in Science Class
Popular Science ^ | February 3, 2012 | Dan Nosowitz & The Mary Sue via Gizmodo

Posted on 02/17/2012 3:59:47 AM PST by SunkenCiv

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.

Kenneth Boehr, Clara's science teacher, handed out the usual ball-and-stick models used to visualize simple molecules to his fifth-grade class. But Clara put the carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen atoms together in a particular complex way and asked Boehr if she'd made a real molecule. Boehr, to his surprise, wasn't sure. So he photographed the model and sent it over to a chemist friend at Humboldt State University who identified it as a wholly new but also wholly viable chemical.

The chemical has the same formula as one other in HSU's database, but the atoms are arranged differently, so it qualifies as a unique molecule. It doesn't exist in nature, so it'd have to be synthesized in a lab, which takes time and effort. So Boehr's friend, Robert Zoellner, wrote a paper on it instead, to be published in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. Listed as a co-author: Clara Lazen.

Boehr says the discovery and subsequent publication has incited a new interest in science and chemistry at his school--and Clara seems particularly pleased, saying she's now much more interested in biology and medicine.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: claralazen; newmolecule; robertzoellner; stringtheory; tetranitratoxycarbon
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To: MHGinTN; Oberon
Not quite, a lady had made photographs (x-ray photographs) of DNA and this prompted Watson and Crick to ‘discover’ the ladder shape of the double helix. She, BTW, was not credited in their accolades.

As outlined in The Disappearing Spoon - by Sam Kean

21 posted on 02/17/2012 8:54:18 AM PST by pa_dweller (Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves:... Isa 1:23)
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To: null and void

Thought you might be interested in this article

22 posted on 02/17/2012 9:32:57 AM PST by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: samtheman

Checking this story out a bit — I predict this molecule will never be built, unless this girl or a lover of hers eventually does it. The chemistry and chemical intermediates required would be incredibly difficult to choreograph.

Ping me if it does, and I will find an appropriate thing to do like eat my hat, etc.

23 posted on 02/17/2012 10:21:23 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: SunkenCiv

The science teacher who handed out models of molecules is named Boehr?

24 posted on 02/17/2012 9:21:50 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Condor51

That explains something I saw once while driving — a sign by what I thought was some kind of natural feature, called “Ken Crater”. ;’)

25 posted on 02/18/2012 4:56:57 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: GnL

> So she randomly put together some sticks and balls and got lucky?

You know what they (the Darwinists) say? Put enough monkeys at the typewriter and, sooner or later, one of them will write a Shakespeare sonnet.

26 posted on 02/18/2012 5:02:57 AM PST by XEHRpa
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To: GnL

I should add that, contrary to the Darwinists, I do see intelligent design in what she did. As some have said, the balls she arranged could only fit together certain ways (bond angles, etc.)

Furthermore, 10 year olds are clever. Kudos to her.

27 posted on 02/18/2012 5:07:01 AM PST by XEHRpa
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To: Defiant

Maybe we should check his radius.

28 posted on 02/18/2012 7:33:08 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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Rosalind Franklin was her name, and yes, her contributions were key in the discovery, she was barely credited.
29 posted on 02/18/2012 8:14:27 AM PST by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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