Weird Science! The Friday News Quiz (Aug. 16 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: Atheist demographics, archeological weirdness and an alarming alternative food source.
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1.Newresearchsuggeststhat,incomparisontoreligiouspeople,atheiststendtobe:
  • SMARTER
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Well, this should prove controversial: A recent review of research spanning more than 60 separate studies suggests that atheists are, on average, more intelligent than believers. Interestingly, the research also concludes that righteous rationalists can be every bit as tiresome as righteous believers, a phenomenon known as the Bill Maher Syndrome.
  • THINNER
  • MORE LIKELY TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
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2.ArecentarcheologicalfindinTurkeyhasuncoveredtheworld'soldest:
  • GUN AMMUNITION
  • GAMING TOKENS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Archeologists in Turkey have excavated a complete set of 5,000-year-old Bronze Age game tokens, including dice and representational miniatures. With the ascendancy of so-called "geek culture" in recent years -- think superhero movies, Comic-Con, etc. -- the discovery suggests old-school gamer culture has deep roots, indeed. The news was greeted with enthusiasm by the Dungeons & Dragons community, who would like to remind you that real geeks roll 20-sided dice.
  • GOVERNMENT CHEESE
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3.Accordingtopolicereports,awomaninNewZealandthisweekdroveforalmost200mileswhile:
  • SLEEPING
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The woman -- who has a history of sleepwalking and, yes, sleep-driving -- traveled more than five hours from her inland home to a beachside town south of Auckland. She awoke with no memory of the journey. We were going to make a joke about sleep-driving being statistically safer than driving with Lindsay Lohan, but we're trying to run a classy operation here.
  • HEMORRHAGING PROFUSELY
  • CLINICALLY DEAD
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4.FishermaninDenmarkrecentlypulledupaninvasivespeciesoftropicalfishknowntoeat:
  • TOFU
  • TETRAFLUOROHYDRAZINE
  • TESTICLES
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The tropical pacu fish, native to the Amazon River, is related to the piranha and has been known to attack the reproductive organs of male skinny-dippers. Loyal Discovery News readers will note we ran a story on the phenomenon with the headline: "Testicle-Munching Fish: All That Dangerous?" Reader Josh Harrison of Detroit, speaking on behalf of the entire male gender, replied "Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!"
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5.NewresearchsuggestsusingFacebookregularlycanmakeyou:
  • DEPRESSED
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The study monitored a group of 80 Facebook users and monitored their feelings of satisfaction and self-esteem over a two-week period. “Given the public nature of these sites, people end up reporting a lot of the positive things going on in their lives, and a user of Facebook might end up with a biased impression of other people’s lives,” said one researcher. To wit: People sure eat a lot of elaborate meals. And take pictures of them. For some reason.
  • DIABETIC
  • DECIDUOUS
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6.Whichofthefollowinghasbeenproposedasanalternativenutritionalmethodforhumans?
  • THE STEM CELL PROTEIN SYSTEM
  • THE ALGACULTURE SYMBIOSIS SUIT
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Designed as a conceptual art piece, the Algaculture Symbiosis Suit is a kind of food helmet that uses a series of tubes to capture carbon dioxide exhaled by the wearer. The carbon dioxide feeds algae in the tubes, which in turn is consumed by the wearer as food. “Algaculture designs a new symbiotic relationship between humans and algae," write the artists on their website. Unfortunately, potential commercial application suffered a setback when the "Got Algae?" campaign tested poorly in focus groups.
  • THE 30-DAY SOYLENT GREEN DIET
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7.Arecentstudysuggeststhat,forthefirsttime,Americansarenowspendingmoretime_____than_____.
  • SLEEPING THAN WORKING
  • EATING THAN WALKING
  • USING THE INTERNET THAN WATCHING TV
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: This year marks the first time that American adults are spending more time looking at online content than watching TV -- about five hours a day compared to 4.5 hours, according to a study released earlier this month. It's a sad day for television, which as a creative medium has provided artful scripted popular entertainment for more than six decades. On the other hand, it's a happy day for grainy videos of cats doing crazy stuff.
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8.Accordingtonewclimateresearch,thenext30yearsarelikelytobringaseverespikein:
  • HEAT WAVES
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Well, this is scary: A new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters concludes that we will see more severe and frequent heat waves over the next 30 years, no matter what we do about global warming. "(M)ore extreme events will emerge: five-sigma events which are now essentially absent will cover a small but significant fraction (about 3 percent) of the global land surface by 2040," said the study. Pressed for details, the team admitted "five-sigma" doesn't actually mean anything, it just seemed like a bad-ass thing to say. (No, not really: It's a term used in probability assessments.)
  • COLD SNAPS
  • BATTING AVERAGES IN THE A.L. EAST
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9.AsignificantarcheologicaldiscoverywasmadeinGermanythisweekby:
  • A BUTCHER
  • A BOTANIST
  • A BADGER
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Archeologists in Germany discovered a 12th-century burial ground containing valuable relics after examining items found in the den of a local badger. Researchers later determined that the artifacts -- including jewelry and a sword -- came from the graves of two upper-class Slavic warlords. "It looks impressive," said one researcher of the den. "But badgers actually have very little appreciation for 12th-century Slavic history."
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10.Governmentregulatorsthisweekissuedanofficialflyingpermitforaprototype:
  • THREE-PERSON HANG GLIDER
  • PERSONAL JETPACK
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Back to New Zealand: Aviation officials have issued a flying permit for a personal jetpack developed by Martin Aircraft, allowing the company to perform manned test flights. The device promises a Jetsons-like future, although Time magazine worryingly likened the device to "two enormous leaf blowers welded together." Meet George Jetson! His boy Elroy! And their several dozen compound fractures!
  • MENTOS-POWERED DIET COKE JET
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