Questions followup

The purpose of the Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize is to reward members who ask inightful questions and suggest ways for science to answer them...

Since winning in 2008, how many of these questions have been followed up with more questions - and answers - by scientists around the world? 

Brittany Wakefield, 15, USA:
“How are shells made?"

 

 

 

 

Why have a shell in the first place, and does its size matter?

University of Pennsylvania, US
March 27, 2009

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What effects do increased CO2 levels have on shell production in the oceans?

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, US
December 1, 2009

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When did animals start to make shells and why? – a look at fossil evidence

Amherst College and Yale University, US
April 12, 2009

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What can we learn from snail shells to help us in our modern live?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
January 20, 2010

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What can snail shells tell us about human culture?

European Science Foundation
August 27, 2009

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Ang Qi Yan, 16, Singapore:
“What is between protons and neutrons in the nucleus?”

 

Protons pair up with neutrons

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, US
June 3, 2008

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Neutron rich "doubly magic" nucleus

International team, Canada, Germany, US
April 20, 2009

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Kelsey Kecherson, 15, USA:
“How do we do things?”

 

Why do we forget things?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
November 4, 2008

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Why smart people do stupid things

University of Toronto, Canada
June 11, 2009

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Ava Violich, 11, USA:
“When did molecules come into being?”

 

The origin of pre-biotic molecules in the interstellar medium

University of Belfast, Ireland
November, 2009

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Carbon rich molecules in meteorites

NASA, US
September 26, 2008

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Origin of life: Generating RNA molecules in water

Rome University, Italy
November 25, 2009

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Katie Osborn, 14, USA:
“What are emotions?”

 

Are emotions universal?

University College London, UK
January 27, 2010

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Oliver Gocher, 12, UK:
“If elephants have huge brains, why are they not the most intelligent?”

 

When it comes to intelligence, does brain size matter?

Cambridge University, UK
April 14, 2009

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Dolphins: Second smartest animals?

Emory University, US
Januray 22, 2010

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Primate brain sizes

Cambridge University, UK
Januray 27, 2010

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Vladimir Leopards, 15, USA:
“Why aren’t plants black?”

 

Why are plants not black?

Leiden University, The Netherlands
January 27, 2010

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Adam Patrick, 13, UK:
“Why do tea leaves gather in the center when a cup of tea is stirred?”

 

Einstein's tea leaves and pressure systems in the atmosphere

UMass Dartmouth and MIT, US
2009

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Adeeb Nazeerudin, 17, Switzerland:
“What is the origin of our thinking – if the brain controls nearly all of our body, what makes the brain control itself?”

 

The brain's self-control mechanism revealed

Caltech, US
April 30, 2009

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Jacob Bildfell, 15, Canada:
“What is the nature of all matter?”

 

The nature of matter

Open University, UK
February 8, 2010

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New state of matter

Oxford University, UK
July 27, 2009

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