Weird Science! The Friday News Quiz (Sept. 6, 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: UFO sightings in Arizona, mysterious formations in the Amazon and some serious weirdness in Germany.
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1.ScientistsintheAmazonhavediscoveredaseriesofstrangeformationsapparentlymadeoutof…what?
  • Webs
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The tiny web structures, about 2 centimeters across, resemble a tower surrounded by a picket fence. Scientists have found several clusters in the Amazon, but are baffled by the structures' origin. Although that tiny little "Welcome to Whoville" sign might be a hint.
  • Walnuts
  • Weevils
  • Wiffle balls
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2.ThelatestUFOsightingoverPhoenix,wasidentifiedthisweekasa…what?
  • A weather balloon
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The incident was the latest in a series of UFO sightings near or over the city of Phoenix, all of which have been later explained away as natural or man-made phenomena. Of course, it just takes one Romulan scorpion class attack cruiser to prove the skeptics wrong.
  • A rogue blimp
  • A solar flare
  • A mass hallucination
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3.AuthoritiesinGermanyarebaffledaftera10-year-oldboydiscoveredwhatinhisgrandparents'attic?
  • A forged Picasso
  • A human mummy
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Discovered in a sarcophagus in the corner of the attic, the remains include a well-preserved human skull with an arrow sticking out of the left eye socket. The discovery confirms that age-old scientific adage: Never poke around in your grandparents' attic. The story also wins this week's award for News Item Most Likely To Become a "Goosebumps" Book.
  • A World War I peace treaty
  • A hungry and confused David Hasselhoff
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4.AmaninLondonrecentlyhadhiscarpartiallymeltedby…what?
  • A malfunctioning car wash
  • A nearby skyscraper
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Still under construction, the facade of the new London skyscraper apparently functions like a giant parabolic mirror, concentrating sunlight to the degree that it has melted the plastic on parked cars and even set fire to carpeting. Officials say it will cost millions to resurface the skyscraper. The building is profiled in the recent Architecture Digest special report: "When 'Oops' Just Isn't Enough."
  • A city sewer grate
  • The hot new single from Maroon 5
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5.Anewstudysuggeststhatobesitymaybecausedatleastinpartby…what?
  • mandibular nerve damage
  • Microbes in the intestinal tract
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: New research shows that microorganisms in the gut may contribute to obesity. “We’re now about 6 billion pounds overweight as a country,” said Ronald Evans, a molecular biologist. In response, America said she is absolutely committed this time to getting back on her diet, and hopes to lose 3.5 billion pounds by Christmas.
  • Malfunctioning DNA
  • McDonald's 70-year reign of terror
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6.StudentsinthemiddleofthesprawlingcityofManilarecentlymadeastartlingdiscovery.Whatwasit?
  • An ancient underground temple
  • A recently fallen meteorite
  • A new species of urban waterbug
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The new species of aquatic bug, Hydraena ataneo, is also known as the "deely-bopper beetle," thanks to its wiggly appendages. No commentary this time, just a quiet appreciation for the phrase deely-bopper and the subtle poetry of entomology.
  • A new species of suburban ennui
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7.NewresearchoutoftheUniversityofPittsburghthisweekquestionstheefficacyof…what?
  • Sleeping at night
  • Working at home
  • Eating at mealtimes
  • Yelling at teenagers
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: In the study, parent's use of harsh verbal discipline with their teenage children was linked with an increased risk of subsequent conduct problems. In other words, yelling at your teenage kids doesn't work. The study will be highlighted in an upcoming episode of our newest podcast, "Stuff Everybody Already Knew."
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8.ArecentstudyfromQueen'sUniversityinCanadasuggeststhatmarriedcouplesareproneto…what?
  • Resembling each other
  • Ignoring each other
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The new research concluded that married couples can easily discern their spouses' voices over background noise, but can also effectively isolate and tune them out. "Of course, this confirms what wives have long complained about, that their husbands never listen," said lead researcher Thom Milchner. "My own wife may even have said that, but I really have no idea."
  • Competing with each other
  • throwing kitchen utensils at each other
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9.Newdetailsemergedthisweekonwhatcurioussolarsystemphenomenon?
  • Surface flares on the sun
  • Dust clouds on the moon
  • Giant storms on Saturn
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The monster storm on Saturn, first noticed by astronomers in 2010, was nearly the size of Earth when it swept across the planet. New data suggests the storm dredged up material from more than 100 miles under the planet's surface. The results were quickly refuted by climate change deniers, who insist the extreme weather event is just another fiction perpetuated by the lamestream media.
  • All night dance parties on Venus
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10.NewresearchoutoftheUniversityofCalifornia,SanFranciscosuggeststhatolderpeoplecankeeptheirmindssharpbydoing…what?
  • Consuming energy drinks
  • Playing video games
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Researchers working with a group of subjects aged 60 to 85 determined that improvement in video game skills also translated to other measures of cognitive ability. The study suggests that regular gaming could help with maintaining mental acuity among older patients. In a disturbing but somehow predictable turn of events, developer Ubisoft immediately announced plans for "Matlock: The Video Game."
  • practicing yoga
  • Trying to figure out the appeal of Channing Tatum
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