Weird Science! The Friday News Quiz (Aug. 2, 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. This week: Orbital delivery systems, odd news from the North Pole and some disturbing details on smart phones.
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1.U.K.physiciststhisweekreleasednewdataonthefeasibilityofwhattechnology?
  • SUPER HD TELEVISION
  • 'STAR TREK' TELEPORTATION
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Students at University of Leicester have estimated the time it would take to actually teleport a person -- that is, convert the human body into pure data, then reassemble the body in another location. Even at optimal bandwidth rates, transmitting the genetic code and neural information would take around 4.5 quadrillion years. "Current means of travel remain more feasible," the team concluded. Solid conclusion, that.
  • SENTIENT TELEPROMPTERS
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2.ACaliforniastart-upcompanyisdevelopingarobotdesignedtodowhat?
  • DRAW ARCHITECTURAL SKETCHES
  • DRAW INTUITIVE CONCLUSIONS
  • DRAW BLOOD
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Veebot is a robotic device designed to automate the process of blood drawing and IV insertion. The patient's arm is inserted through an inflatable cuff, then -- by way of infrared and ultrasound sensors -- Veebot finds the best vein and inserts the needle. Details were published in the quarterly journal Frankly Terrifying Medical Initiatives.
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3.Accordingtoanewsurvey,oneintenpeopleadmittousingasmartphonewhiledoingwhat?
  • TAKING A SHOWER
  • USING ANOTHER SMART PHONE
  • HAVING SEX
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: One in 10 people surveyed said they use smart phone during sex, and if you break it down to the 18-34 demographic, it's 1 in 5. Respondents were not asked exactly how they use their smart phones during sex, and for that we are all profoundly grateful.
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4.AprofessorattheUniversityofOttawahasdevelopedamathematicalequationforpredictingwhat?
  • EARTHQUAKES
  • THE WORLD SERIES
  • THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The equation in question -- (bN)(S/N)Z = bSZ, if you're keeping notes at home -- is intended to calculate the the rate of zombie infection, with N representing total population, S the number of susceptible people, Z the zombies, and b the likelihood of transmission. The research inspired the new SyFy channel original movie, Math vs. Zombies, starring Jan-Michel Vincent and Fibonacci's reanimated corpse.
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5.AcompanyinVirginiaisproposingamethodfordeliveringpayloadsintospacebywayofwhat?
  • SLINGSHOT
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: HyperV Technologies Corp. is currently raising funds for the Slingatron, a 5-meter diameter steel spiral track that accelerates objects, theoretically, to 1 kilometer per second. Acceleration at launch would reach thousands the times of Earth’s gravitational force No commentary on this one, just a quiet admiration for the term Slingatron.
  • NUCLEAR DETONATION
  • POSITIVE THINKING
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6.Anewstudysuggeststhatfeelingsoffearandanxietycanbetriggeredbywhat?
  • MICROWAVES
  • THE MUSIC OF JOHN TESH
  • HORMONES
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Oxytocin, sometimes called the "love hormone," is a neuromodulator in the brain that can kick in during romantic or bonding moments between people. It produces feelings of elation, but a new study suggests oxytocin can also trigger feelings of extreme fear and anxiety. Science, in other words, has just discovered the junior prom.
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7.Anewhead-mounteddevicefromSonyisdesignedtodeliverwhat?
  • VIRTUAL REALITY FOR GAMERS
  • MASSIVE MIGRAINE HEADACHES
  • X-RAY VISION FOR SURGEONS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Well, it's not quite X-ray vision, but it's close: Sony’s 3-D head-mounted image processor lets surgeons view high-definition 3-D images while performing laparoscopic surgeries. The device features a picture-in-picture element, where two images can be viewed at once. Early prototypes also included the option to watch the Mets game during surgery, but this was discontinued after several unfortunate incidents.
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8.Newdatasuggestwhichofthefollowingsettingsisastatisticallysaferplacetolive?
  • THE CITY
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Surprisingly, new statistics suggest that the city is the safer place to live, with people in urban areas being 20 percent less likely to die on average. Some further details from the study: Gun-related deaths are about the same in both settings, but car accidents are twice as likely to produce fatalities in rural areas. Unfortunately, thanks to advances in broadband technology, you're just as likely in either setting to get an unsolicited photo text from Anthony Wiener.
  • THE COUNTRY
  • TULSA, FOR SOME REASON
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9.Aprominentscientistthisweekcameoutinsupportofwhatcontroversialproposal?
  • CLONING MAMMOTHS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Dr. Ian Wilmut told the The Guardian newspaper this week that he supports the idea of cloning a mammoth from recently discovered, 10,000-year-old tissue samples. Wilmut, you may recall, is the researcher who brought the cloned sheep Dolly into the world. “If there are reasonable prospects of them being healthy, we should do it. We can learn a lot about them," he said. Wilmut's comments diverge from general consensus on the issue, that cloned prehistoric animals should only be used for chasing Laura Dern around secret islands.
  • LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
  • REANIMATING NIXON
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10.NewphotosreleasedthisweekfromtheNorthPoledepictwhatmysteriousphenomenon?
  • AN INVERTED GLACIER
  • A DRUNK, SURLY ELF
  • A DISAPPEARING LAKE
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Remember that viral image from a couple weeks back, of the meltwater lake that formed on the North Pole? Well, it's gone now, according to the most recent photos, likely having drained through a crack in the underlying ice. Scientists were surprised when the lake disappeared, but really perplexed when it popped up again Friday in the backyard of retired Tampa Bay postal worker Dottie Milchner. "It's all aggravation to me," Milchner said.
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