Weird Science: The Friday News Quiz (Aug. 23, 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: Bolivian villagers, Vietnamese worms and Viking pioneers.
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1.AnewinitiativebyNASAaimstoprovideastronautswithwhat?
  • AN EXOSKELETON SUIT
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The X1 Robotic Exoskeleton, which NASA is developing with outside companies, is a 57-pound suit with motorized joints, worn across the legs back and shoulders. The suit brings astronauts one step closer to looking like Iron Man, which NASA officials termed as "obviously and infinitely preferable" to looking like Thor.
  • AN INTRAVENOUS DIET
  • AN ULTRALIGHT BEER HELMET
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2.AnewspeciesofwormhasbeendiscoveredinVietnamthatspitswhat?
  • GLUE
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The newly discovered species of velvet worm hunts prey by squirting a thick, viscous liquid from their backsides, which they subsequently re-ingest. Results were published in the refreshingly straightforward quarterly journal, "Everything About This Field of Study Is Disgusting."
  • GLUTEN
  • DOPE RHYMES
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3.Morenewsfromtheworldofglue:Anewlaboratoryadhesiveisbeingdevelopedfromwhatsourcematerial?
  • STRAWBERRY SEEDS
  • STRING CHEESE
  • STREPTOCOCCUS PYOGENES
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: In our recent roundup of superglue projects, we reported on one molecule-binding substance that's derived from the Streptococcus bacteria. Other glues have been developed from beetles, worms and gecko feet. Scientists are striving to achieve the coveted "Frito-Lay Ratio," which represents the adhesive quality of whatever that stuff is they put on Cheetos.
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4.RecentreportssuggestavillagerinBoliviamaybewhat?
  • THE WORLD'S OLDEST MAN
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: According to public records, Carmelo Flores Laura of Bolivia turned 123 last month. Bolivian civil officials showed The Associated Press a registry that lists Flores' birthdate as July 16, 1890 -- coincidentally, the same date as Larry King's high school graduation.
  • THE WORLD'S FIRST SUPERHERO MUTANT
  • THE WORLD'S LAST ALEX RODRIGUEZ FAN
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5.Newresearchsuggeststhatawolf'showlcanindicatewhat?
  • LONELINESS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: A study published in Current Biology suggests that a wolf's howl is indeed related to loneliness and affection for missing pack members. Research determined that wolves howled longer and louder when the missing wolf was a close compatriot, or of high status within the pack. Or if the researchers played old Hank Williams songs on the lab radio.
  • LAZINESS
  • LIVIDITY
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6.Anewtechniqueunveiledthisweekwillimprovetheworld'smostaccurateclocksbymeasuringwhat?
  • INDIVIDUAL MOLECULES
  • INDIVIDUAL ATOMS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: As reported in the journal Science, the new technique ensures that atomic clocks are extremely constant, with the interval between ticks varying by less than two parts in 1 quintillion. A few of the more rascally researchers suggested building in a 10-quintillion snooze button, but the request was denied.
  • INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED SNICKERS
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7.AhighschoolmathclassinNewYorkthisweekmadeastartlingdiscoveryaboutwhat?
  • PI
  • PIE
  • DOUBLE STUF OREOS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: As part of a class project, math students in Queensbury, N.Y., determined that Double Stuf Oreos do not, in fact, contain twice as much filling as regular Oreos. Republicans were quick to insist that such a thing would never happen under a Chris Christie administration.
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8.NewarchaeologicalevidencesuggeststhatVikingpioneersintheninthcenturywerewhat?
  • VEGETARIAN
  • CANNIBALISTIC
  • 500 YEARS TOO LATE
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The evidence suggests that the Faroe Islands, located off Iceland, were colonized far earlier than previously thought -- and not by the Vikings, long considered to be the pioneers of those isles. Experts say that, on reflection, it wasn't much of a surprise that the Vikings didn't get there first: "What with the late-night pillaging and the mead, they were really the least punctual of the seafaring Germanic peoples."
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9.Arecentsportssciencestudyconcludesthereislittlemedicalbenefittothepracticeofwhat?
  • LIFTING FREE WEIGHTS
  • TAKING ICE BATHS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: In the study, 20 male college students ran for 40 minutes on a slight downhill grade. Then half the runners were made to stand for 20 minutes in a recycling bin filled with ice water, while the other half stayed dry. Results showed no difference in recovery time between the two groups. The study's full title: "Ice Baths and Sports Science: Abusing Undergraduates for Fun and Profit with Federal Grant Money."
  • PARTYING LIKE IT WAS 1999 OR EARLIER
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10.MITresearchershavediscoveredaplanetthatorbitsitssuneverywhat?
  • EVERY 8.5 DAYS
  • EVERY 8.5 HOURS
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The newly discovered planet Kepler 78b, located about 700 light-years from Earth, makes a full orbit around its star every 8.5 hours. The Earth-sized planet has one of the shortest orbital periods recorded so far. Or to break that down further: Kepler 78b turns a year into just a few hours, whereas Adam Sandler movies turn just a few hours into what feels like a year. Thank you! Good night!
  • EVERY NOW AND THEN, WHEN IT FEELS LIKE IT
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