The 2015 Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize winners were announced at the Molecular Frontiers Symposium & Forum LIVE! on May 8th 2015, at Chalmers University of Technology
Why do humans often make irrational choices despite our high level of intelligence?
Luo Dan, 13, Singapore
Would it be possible for the humans to become immortal in the future?
Elin Israelsson, 16, Sweden
How is time represented by our brain, and how is it interpreted?
Emily Wang, 13, United States
How does one know that the colours they see are the same as the colours that others see?
Jenny Simmons, 15, Canada
Are we born with an inherent need for social division?
Xinyi Teoh, 16, Singapore
Can we suppress and reverse thermal as well as extreme pH denaturation of enzyme by binding of nanoparticles to allosteric sites of enzyme?
Zheng Xin Yong, 17, Malaysia
Is it possible to insert chloroplasts into human cells and genetically modify them such that photosynthesis can occur in humans and other animals?
Anlai Zhou, 15, Singapore
What is the difference between learning something new and having an original idea? What are the activities/processes in the brain when each of the above occurs?
Haaris Alam, 9, United States
Is there a limit to how many memories a person can have?
Kiho Kwon, 15, United States
Why is it hard to think of absolutely nothing?
Foo Yan Rong, 15, Singapore
The 2014 Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize winners were announced at the Molecular Frontiers Symposium & Forum LIVE! on May 20th 2014, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
Why does life need water? What else that creatures can use instead of water?
Min-Kyung Lee, 11, South Korea
Is it possible to create our own chlorophyll to filter pollution, create energy and solve global warming?
Chew Tian Wei, 16, Singapore
Why do human cells not regenerate to repair the body like a lizard's tail?
Shermaine Si Ying Ying, 16, Singapore
What is the maximum memory capacity and limitations of human brain?
Leong Pui Yee, 17, Malaysia
Why can't we access all 100% capacity in our brain?
Katie Kerl, 12, USA
What is life? If all living and non living matter is constructed of atoms, and atoms are non living, where does life come from?
Matthew Chew, 15, Singapore
Various DNA structures (such as a triple helix) are used by life, can a genetic code be made of silicon?
Jun Soo Kim, 16, S. Korea
Outer space is deemed cold and devoid of matter. How can “nothingness” have the ability to be cold?
Arjun Chandrasekar, 15, Singapore
Distribution of energy in response to an expanding universe: does new energy appear to fill in gaps or does the total gets spread so thin that “holes” may appear?
Ryan Prasad, 17, Malaysia
Why is it difficult to find blue fruits compared to blue flowers?
Jaesol Ahn, 16, S. Korea
The 2013 Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize winners were announced at the Molecular Frontiers Symposium & Forum LIVE! on May 28th 2013, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
What makes some people more inquisitive than others?
Faith Choo, Girl, 15, Singapore
Why does music have the ability to convey emotions to humans?
Yuan Li, Girl, 15, Singapore
What makes a person develop empathy and how come some people don’t have it?
Rachel Rochecharlie, Girl, 13 United States
How come no other molecules are as important for living creatures and Earth as the water molecule?
Timea Vitos, Girl, 17, Sweden
Why does our body protect us from extraordinary pain, like the victims
Lauren Simenson, Girl, 17, United States
Is the creation of artificial, self-conscious brains possible?
Siew Rui-Xian, Boy 16, Malaysia
How can a non-living chemical compounds generate self-replicating complex life forms?
Abhi Parikh, Boy 16, Singapore
Can diseases be diagnosed by sniffing?
Yong Zheng Xin, Boy 15, Malaysia
Are there phenomena, such as black holes or wave function collapse which destroy information about their prior states?
Perek Keng, Boy ,13, Malaysia
Why do some people have a clear sense of morality, of what’s right and wrong but some people don’t?
Tan Chuin Wei, Boy 15, Malaysia
2012 winnersThe 2012 Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize winners were announced at the Molecular Frontiers Symposium & Forum LIVE! on May 29th 2012, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
Why do short naps leave you feeling more refreshed than longer naps?
Nancy Le, Girl, 13, USA
Why is the color blue so scarce in the natural ecosystems and what accounts for that?
Martyna Petrulyte, Girl, 17, Lithuania
Even though we can forget something, sometimes it pops back into our head. Is there a way to have no probability to recall a certain memory?
Lee Keum Young, Girl, 16 South Korea
Why are there more right-handed people than left-handed people in the world?
Sin Ein Yap, Girl, 17, Malaysia
Priya Nathan, Girl, 13, India
Why are our teeth made of calcium compounds which are weaker than metal or diamonds?
Jeong Hyun Nam, Boy 17, South Korea
How can we define the human soul?
George Agavanakis, Boy 16, Greece
When I’m hurt or ill, only I can feel the pain. Is it possible to make the doctor feel the same and make the correct diagnosis based on this?
Gabriel Tunsater, Boy 12, Sweden
it is a universal law that energy can be neither created nor destroyed,
how did the energy in the universe come into existence?
Kaustubh Agrawal, Boy ,17, India
If everything happens because of molecular interactions, do we have free will?
2011 winnersThe 2011 Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize winners were announced at the Molecular Frontiers Symposium & Forum LIVE! on May 24th 2011, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
Are self-awareness and consciousness the results of various physical processes or brain states or are they disconnected from our material bodies?
Elizabeth Naameh, Girl, 16, USA
What elements are imagination and thoughts made of?
Raeann Heng,Girl, 15, Singapore
How is intelligence acquired or inherited?
Donna Kwon, Girl, 15, USA
Does the brain have a limit to the information it can memorize?
Augustina Petrulyte, Girl, 17, Lithuania
Why is it that older memories are sometimes easier to recall than more recent ones?
Faazilah Mohamed, Girl, 13, USA
What is the origin of self-sacrifice? (it seems to contradict the instinct of self-preservation)
Sergei Khegai, Boy 15, Russia
Why do most living organisms sleep?
George Agoranos, Boy 17, Greece
What are dreams made of and why is that than when you wake up you don’t remember what you dreamt?
Žilvinas Graužys, Boy 12, Lithuania
Does a thought have a specific biochemical signature?For instance, does a question-shaped thought have a specific type of molecular signature?
Shivaramakrishna Srinivasan, Boy ,11, India
Why is symmetry such a common and pervasive feature in Nature?
Srihari Chandrasekhar, Boy 10, United Kingdom
The winners were announced by Dr Andreas Mershin, director of the Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize
SUBMIT a question for the 2012 Prize!
Justina Saladyte,17, Lithuania:
BoysArmin Mohammadi, 15, Canada:
“Does a cell control its atoms or is it the interaction of the atoms that control the cell?”
Iraklis Gkritsis, 16, Greece:
“Why do living organisms get old?”
Jan Pulmann, 16, Slovakia:
“How do we represent numbers in our mind and how do we count with them?”
George Utsin, 12, Canada:
“Why is it that when you pour sugar onto strawberries, they release their juice?”
Edward Godfrey, 16, United Kingdom:
“How does the brain know which neurotransmitters map to which sensations, if it has never seen that sensation before?”
The winners were announced by Vladimir Leopards, winner of last year's Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize, who was invited to participate in the Molecular Frontiers Symposium this year.
SUBMIT a question for the 2012 Prize!
GirlsChloe Lim, 15, Singapore:
“Where does conscience come from?"
Felicia Ullstad, 17, Sweden:
“What is the origin of chemical chirality?”
Katerina Donta, 16, Greece:
"Some animals can reproduce an amputated part of their body, why can’t we?”
Rei-En Tang, 15, Singapore:
“How does our imagination work?”
Tove Lagström, 17,Sweden:
“What are the properties of water that make it the keystone of life?”
BoysAlec Wilkens, 16, USA:
“How are memories stored?”
Daniel Tong, 15, Brazil:
“What are the molecular differences between living and non-living things?”
Fabian Fernandez-Han, 11, USA:
“Why does listening to cats purr make you feel calm and relaxed??”
Homan Mohammadi,17, Canada:
“What makes a cell alive if it is simply a collection of inanimate atoms?”
Max Wallack, 13, USA:
“Why does water expand when it freezes?”
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SUBMIT a question for the 2012 Prize!
Brittany Wakefield, 15, USA:
“How are shells made?"
Ang Qi Yan, 16, Singapore:
“What is between protons and neutrons in the nucleus?”
Kelsey Kecherson, 15, USA:
"How do we do things?”
Ava Violich, 11, USA:
“When did molecules come into being?”
Katie Osborn, 14, USA:
“What are emotions?”
Oliver Gocher, 12, UK:
“If elephants have huge brains, why are they not the most intelligent?”
Vladimir Leopards, 15, USA:
“Why aren’t plants black?”
Adam Patrick, 13, UK:
“Why do tea leaves gather in the center when a cup of tea is stirred?”
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?”
Jacob Bildfell, 15, Canada:
“What is the nature of all matter?”