Weird Science! The Friday News Quiz (Aug. 9, 2013)

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Each week, Discovery News tracks dozens of stories of the strange and interesting in the world of science. Test your knowledge of the week's news with the Weird Science quiz. In this edition: Hydraulic fracturing, London sewers and, of course, sharks!
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1.Accordingtonewresearch,EuropeancoastlinesintheLateCretaceousperiodwereswarmingwithwhat?
  • TINY LOBSTERS
  • PREHISTORIC SHARKS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Happy Shark Week, everyone! Recently analyzed rock samples from the region suggest the Atlantic was home to millions of species similar to today's angel sharks, carpetsharks, bullhead sharks, catsharks, cowsharks, dogfish sharks, sandtiger sharks and houndsharks. The report was published in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology, which we like to keep in the break room here at Discovery News World HQ, for a little light reading.
  • AMPHIBIOUS CAVEMEN
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2.UtilityworkersinLondonrecentlypulledaninterestingspecimenoutofthecitysewers.Whatwasit?
  • AN ICEBERG
  • A FATBERG
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: While cleaning out some tunnels, London municipal workers pulled out a 15-ton blog of congealed fat, held together by a layer of baby wipes. And this is nice: In the spirit of recycling, the fatberg will be rendered, filtered and reconstituted for use by the popular U.K. fast food franchise McHaggis.
  • KEITH RICHARDS' LIVER
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3.AteamofresearchersatGeorgiaTechuniversityhascreatedamicroscopicwhat?
  • MOTOR
  • MARZIPAN
  • MONA LISA
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: By way of nanotechnology techniques, a team of scientists at Georgia Tech recreated Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting that's a mere 30 microns across -- less than the width of a human hair. The technique is expected to revolutionize undergraduate education, allowing Art History 101 to be injected directly into the bloodstream.
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4.Anewstudysuggeststhatcertainspeciesofstarfishmaybethreatenedwithextinctionduetowhat?
  • HAMMERHEAD SHARKS
  • HYDROGEN SATURATION
  • HERMAPHRODITISM
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: In the latest issue of the scientific journal Biology Letters, researchers conclude that hermaphrodite starfish -- they reproduce via self-fertilization -- lack genetic diversity, which impedes successful adaptation. The team intends to expand their investigation of species that don't have sex by studying the lifestyle of married couples with young children.
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5.Thelatestcontroversyintheworldofhydraulicfracturing,orfracking,concernswhat?
  • TOPSOIL DEGRADATION
  • TETRAHYDROGESTRINONE
  • TALKATIVE CHILDREN
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: As part of a $750,000 public health settlement in 2011, natural gas company Range Resources imposed a gag order on plaintiffs Chris and Stephanie Hallowich, prohibiting the couple from ever discussing the case publicly. Newly disclosed documents reveal the gag order also applies to the Hallowich kids, aged 7 and 10. The family's attorney said that he's never seen such an agreement in his 30-year career. The children, meanwhile, have retained their own lawyer, sixth-grade honor student Tommy Milchner, Esq.
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6.NewanalysissuggeststhemeteorthatcrashedinRussialastFebruarymayhavebeenwhat?
  • PART OF A LARGER ASTEROID CLUSTER
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Readers may recall that back in February, a 10,000-ton meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring hundreds and generally freaking everyone out. New research suggests that the meteor may have been a fragment from a larger asteroid grouping, named the Chelyabinsk Cluster. Researchers agree that the Chelyabinsk Cluster is not only still in a dangerous orbit, but is also a pretty good name for a band.
  • PART OF A CHUNK OF LUNAR DEBRIS
  • OBAMA'S FAULT, SOMEHOW
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7.Anewsmartphoneappisdesignedtoletusersdowhat?
  • SELL VIRTUAL REAL ESTATE
  • BUY VIRTUAL IKEA FURNITURE
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Well, kind of. IKEA's latest app uses augmented reality technology to superimpose 3-D models of furniture in a room, when viewed through the phone's camera display. The app also lets users assemble their Ikea furniture in a virtual environment, so customers can become infuriated and suicidal any time, anywhere!
  • TAKE A VIRTUAL P90X EXERCISE CLASS
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8.AwealthytechnologyexecutiveinCaliforniawassentencedthisweekforstealingthousandsofdollarsworthofwhat?
  • LEGOS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Thomas Langenbach, vice president at SAP Labs' Integration & Certification Center, was convicted of stealing Legos from area Target stores by counterfeiting bar code tags. Investigators discovered a huge collection of Legos at the man's $2 million Bay Area home. Langenbach was sentenced to a month in jail and awarded Silicon Valley's coveted Nerdiest Criminal of the Month award.
  • LITHIUM ION BATTERIES
  • LARRY ELLISON'S LUXURIOUS YACHT
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9.Solarphysicistsannouncedthisweekthat,inthecomingmonths,thesunisexpectedtodowhat?
  • FLIP ITS POLARITY
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The sun's magnetic field will flip polarity in the coming months, as part of its regular 11-year solar cycle. The phenomenon will trigger increased levels of turbulence, such as sunspots. Scientists say the event won't have any impact on Earth, except for the occasional Opposite Day effect, in which night becomes day, everyone likes Alex Rodriguez and hamburgers eat people.
  • RISE IN THE WEST
  • GET TRADED TO CLEVELAND
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10.Excitingnewsfromtheworldofmarinebiology--newresearchseemstoindicatethatbottlenosedolphinshavewhat?
  • NAMES
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences asserts that dolphins sometimes use a "signature whistle" in group settings to distinguish individuals in group settings. The findings suggest that signature whistles aren't just noises dolphins produce, they're names to which they respond. Researchers are still working on translation issues, but note that a curiously high percentage of dolphins are, apparently, named Steve.
  • NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS
  • LITTLE TO NO SENSE OF HUMOR
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