Weird Science! The Friday News Quiz

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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: Internet outages, DNA mysteries and the enduring majesty of Scottish science.
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1.Scientistsannouncedthisweekthattheyhavesuccessfullyusedstemcellstocreatewhat?
  • miniature horses
  • miniature brains
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Researchers with the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna published their results in the journal Nature. The mini brains are technically referred to as "cerebral organoids" or, as the zombie community calls them, appetizers.
  • mini coopers
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2.NewDNAtestinginTexasappearstohaveunraveledthemysteryofwhat?
  • the JFK assassination
  • the mythical beast El Chupacabra
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The mysterious carcass, found on a Texas ranch, was described as having large ears, large fanged teeth and grayish-blue elephantine skin. DNA analysis has concluded that the beast is actually a wolf-coyote hybrid with a severe skin disease. Further testing revealed that Zach Galifianakis is also a wolf-coyote hybrid with a severe skin disease.
  • the Houston Astros starting rotation
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3.ResearchersattheUniversityofWashingtonthisweekannouncedastartlingbreakthroughinthefieldofwhat?
  • telecommunications
  • telemarketing
  • telepathy
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: By way of EEG caps and a "transcranial magnetic stimulation coil," professor Rajesh Rao was able to telepathically move the hand of an assistant professor across campus. Rao will present his findings on the upcoming ABC variety show reboot, 'That's Utterly Terrifying!'
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4.Newtechnologyunveiledthisweekpromisestoimprovetheprocessoffreeze-dryingwhat?
  • Spices
  • Sperm
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Japanese researchers have developed a new freeze-drying technology designed to help endangered animal populations. The sperm, extracted and flash-frozen, was taken from two endangered primates and a type of giraffe, who must be wondering if there's any end to these indignities imposed by mankind.
  • Sportscasters
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5.ScientistsinScotlandclaimtohaveshatteredpreviousrecordsbycreatingwhat?
  • The world's fastest-spinning object
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Created by scientists earlier this year at the University of St. Andrew, the microscopic sphere spins at an incredible 600 million rotations per minute. It was the fastest spinning object ever observed until the record was broken -- just last week -- by Walt Disney, in his grave, after seeing Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards.
  • The world's slowest-moving liquid
  • The world's most delicious ham sandwich
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6.RecentoutagestoTwitter,GoogleandNASDAQhavepromptedspeculationonthepossibilityofwhat?
  • A backup Internet
  • An Internet crash
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Despite an inherently durable architecture of redundancy systems, it's not impossible that the Internet could crash, experts say. But it would require a coordinated cyberattack and an ultra sophisticated computer virus. That, or a re-release of Windows Vista.
  • A cybermarines corps
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7.Newresearchsuggeststhathumanscanformastateof"co-being"withwhat?
  • Their spouses
  • Their horses
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Published in the latest issue of the journal Social Anthropology, the study suggests that horses and their human riders can share an incredibly close mental and physical bond. Speaking on behalf of horse-crazy 12-year-old girls throughout history, sixth grader Tammy Milchner replied simply -- and we quote -- "Uh-doy."
  • Their recliners
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8.Anupcomingscientificconferencewillexaminethepossibilityofusinglaserstodowhat?
  • control the weather
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The Conference on Laser, Weather and Climate (LWC2013) will be held later this year in Europe. Among the topics: Using high-powered lasers to control the weather. The conference will be hosted by a consortium of comic book supervillains, operating from a secret volcano base in the Alps.
  • predict earthquakes
  • make little baby lasers
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9.ScientistsinSwedenannouncedthisweekanewadditiontowhat?
  • The value of pi
  • The periodic table
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The new super-heavy element was created in the lab by shooting a beam of calcium, which has 20 protons, into a thin film of americium, which has 95 protons. The new element flashed into existence for a split second with, yes, 115 protons. Someone needs to tell these guys that there are easier ways to do math.
  • The back of the house, and it's lovely
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10.NewarcheologicalevidencesuggestsStoneAgehuntersandfarmersregularlytradedwhat?
  • pigs
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: A new study in the journal Nature Communications claims to provide the first evidence of live animal trade between nomadic hunters and settled farmers more than 7,000 years ago. The two groups are believed to have made sporadic contact, as suggested by excavated axes and pottery, plus an old program from the 4543 B.C. Hunter-Gatherer Pro-Am Softball Tournament.
  • potatoes
  • thinly veiled insults
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