Friday, 29 May 2009

The 1st Question 52 - 26 May 09

In accordance with our new segment Word-UP, we now have a word of the week-
Thank you Explorer Dastardly for “Bubbieliscious” which a word to describe herself.


Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.
Omar N. Bradley

The human mind, if it is to keep its sanity, must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality.
Irving Babbitt

Literature is the question minus the answer.
Roland Barthes


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1) Ahoy is used to hail a ship, a boat or a person, or to attract attention. Traditionally, when used from a ship to hail an approaching boat, the standard responses are: "aye aye", if a commissioned officer is in the boat. What is the correct response if there isn’t an officer in the boat?

2) This is a fictional foundation in the Lost television series. It was formed by an arms purveyor, who turned his attention from "keeping the world safe through the development of sophisticated weapons systems" to focus instead on the development of new technologies to "create a brighter future for all humanity." The greeting "Namaste" is used by the organization's members. What is the name of this?

3) Its coverlet senses patient respiration and heartbeat as well as movement. It's a zip-on mattress cover with an embedded sensor array, including pressure switches. The wall monitor presents this information, and transmits it to the other communication systems in the hospital. The technology transforms any hospital bed, which invisibly tracks a patient's basic vital signs without any connection to the patient whatsoever. However, if the patient begins to deteriorate, it immediately notifies the hospital nursing staff -- all invisible to the patient. Apparently, this system has been tested extensively. Star Trek fans (classic Trek, natch) recall the amazing sick bay beds that always knew everything about patients lying on them. What is this?

H: After the show he was told by one of the organizers that he ought to return to Memphis to resume his truck-driving career. In the 1960s, as the hippie counterculture movement built, the Opry maintained a straight-laced, conservative image; "longhairs" were almost never featured on the show. However one 60’s band did take the stage- which one was it?

5) He was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of U.S. wilderness. His direct activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club was founded by him. Left almost blind by an accident he devoted himself to his great love, nature and walked in 1867 from Indiana to Florida which he recounted in his book A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf. He camped with Roosevelt in Yosemite, convinced Robert Underwood Johnson to lobby Congress for the preservation for pristine lands and was among the first to realize the impact glaciers had in the formation of terrain. Who was he?

6) Australia's Entecho has come up with an operating prototype. Air is drawn into a ring of vents on the upper side of the aircraft, then forced downward through the rotors, which spin inside the shell of the aircraft. The resulting pressure differential lifts the aircraft off the ground with good hovering stability, even in crosswinds. And makes for a very simple and reportedly intuitive 360-degree steering process via a joystick. What is it?

7) He was an American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial led to the first posthumous pardon in New York history. In 1951, he was arrested in Miami, for impersonating a priest, soliciting charitable donations. Later in his semi fictional autobiography “How to Talk Dirty and Influence People,” he revealed that he had made approximately $8,000 in three weeks, sending $2,500 to the leper colony and keeping the rest. He also wrote a children's film, The Rocket Man, and was asked by Frank Zappa to sign his draft card (he refused.) Who was he?

8) He graduated from West Point in 1915 as part of a class that contained many future generals, and which military historians have called "the class the stars fell on". 59 generals from that graduating class, including this man and Dwight Eisenhower. He taught mathematics at West Point- and has a reputation even today as a general who was very patient with the officers under his command, compared to his most famous colleague, George S. Patton, but the truth is complicated. He sacked more than a dozen generals during the Second World War with little provocation, whereas Patton actually fired only one and in Patton, Karl Malden played this man, who was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. And Chairman of the Board of the Bulova Watch Company? Who was he?

P: 9) A self-sustaining toilet concept from students that calls on yoga principles in its quest to define the lavatory of the future. The designers say that using this transcendental commode is "akin to yoga" because its ergonomics require a squatting position that strengthens abdominal and back muscles. The sustainable design reuses water and needs just one gallon of water for flushing. It's also free of mechanical parts and independent of electric power, with flushing dealt with via an electromagnetic ball valve. “We hope our design will alter the toilet archetype by the year 2030,” What is the ASU design team name for this toilet of the future?

H: 10)It is "the study of, or belief in, the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits As a social movement it reached its height of popularity in the early decades of the 20th century. In Sweden, the "Sterilization Act of 1934" provided for the voluntary sterilization of some mental patients. At its pre-war zenith, the movement often pursued pseudoscientific notions of racial supremacy and purity By the end of World War II it had been largely abandoned,. - It’s post-war that the movement went into decline, of course because of “the Final Solution” Although one modern implementation of a form of this was a "genius sperm bank" (1980–99) created by Robert Klark Graham, from which nearly 230 children were conceived, What is this control by breeding called?

11Arcadia was supposed to be a haven for the French from Canada, but turned out to still be under this countries rule at the exodus of French. Two great fires destroyed the old French colonial buildings leaving the colony's new overlords to rebuild it according to more modern tastes—and strict new fire codes, which mandated that all structures be physically adjacent and close to the curb to create a firewall. When La Nouvelle Orléans was founded in 1718, the city was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in French) as it was known then. Who rebuilt the City of New Orleans after the fires of the late 1700’s?

12) Strictly hush hush, as reported by the BBC- "No reporters are invited in and while confidential minutes of meetings are taken, names are not noted... In the void created by such aloofness, an extraordinary conspiracy theory has grown up around the group that alleges the fate of the world.” Royal Heads of state have attended the annual meetings,. Prominent politicians from North America and Europe are past attendees. In recent years, board members from IBM, Xerox, Royal Dutch Shell, Nokia and Daimler too. The original conference was held at a hotel in the Netherlands for which the group is named beginning in 1954. It was initiated to stem anti-Americanism in Western Europe, although the orchestrated fall of the USA has been a reported take away, according to Notes from Gollitsyn certainly the European Common market was hatched there. A record is made of the club’s discussions in which, however, the name of the speaker is never published. What is this organization where the only obligation is not to publish or disclose anything?

13) An amazing UFO formation was evident and captured on video. Multiple small ships were centered in a formation with 2 larger ones outside, while other footage taken that night shows a straight line of the lights. In what state did this recent sighting, now on YouTube, take place?

The 1st Question 51 - 19 May 09


Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
Ralph Marston

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Lou Holtz
Maya Angelou


1) She is the Queen of the Galaxy and her movie is a science fiction B-movie released in 1968. With the help of a Blind Angel, she defeats the The Matmos, a semi-intelligent lake of 'pure evil' that sits beneath the evil city of Sogo. And Durand Durand as well as the Queen played by Anita Pallenberg, Keith Richards girlfriend at the time. Who is the heroine of this movie whose space ship is named like mine, the Alpha Seven?

2) Silent Talk is the name of a new project to “allow user-to-user communication on the battlefield without the use of vocalized speech through analysis of neural signals.” And yes, that's in addition to the money spent to investigate wireless transmission of decoded thoughts. The intent of the program is to detect "pre-speech" - word-specific neural signals in the brain, analyze them and then send the content to team members. Obviously, they're just in the investigative stage. And want to know if it is possible to map EEG patterns to individual words - for one person. Then, determine if everyone has similar patterns. Finally, decode the pattern and broadcast the words to team mates in the field. Who is behind this project?

3) He was known as "Buster" to friends and family, his only failing grade in school was an F in music class and an early impression came from the 1954 western Johnny Guitar, in which the hero carries no gun but instead wears a guitar slung behind his back. His first gig was with an unnamed band in the basement of a synagogue. After too much wild playing and showing off, he was fired between sets. When he got into trouble with the law, he was given a choice between spending two years in prison or joining the Army, he enlisted. He played guitar with his teeth and said”. The idea of doing that came to me in a town in Tennessee. Down there you have to play with your teeth or else you get shot. There’s a trail of broken teeth all over the stage...” He made his first recorded TV appearance on Nashville's Channel 5 "Night Train" He died at 27 and is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music. Who was he?

4) Taiwanese-based Agios spent two years developing the Podio - a portable digital Hi-Fi player. The cylindrical, pocket-sized music machine has been designed to produce sound, which is intended to be listened to without the need for earbuds. The Podio, which stands for "portable audio", has a microamp and full-range speakers. It has 2GB memory capacity. For what was the Podio made specially but not exclusively for?

5) It is your first big decision when you play world of warcraft-What is the 4th type of realm you can be in besides player versus player, Role playing normal, and role playing player versus player?

6) What newspaper has rolled out a new "Unplug. It's Sunday" campaign to promote the old-school Sunday newspaper as a refuge from the constant buzzing and beeping of smart phones, instant messages and e-mail that marks the modern workweek. The campaign, which runs until the end of the year, urges people to just say no to logging in. What paper is it?

P7),We all know of Rosa Parks who in 1955 began the modern Civil rights movement by refusing to go to the back of a bus, but in 1890’s a man planned a civil disobedience which tested racial segregation. He announced while sitting in a first class “whites only” compartment that he had African Amercian Ancestors, and was arrested when he refused to change his seat. His name is part of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation even in public accommodations (particularly railroads), under the doctrine of "separate but equal". The decision was handed down by a vote of 7 to 1,. "Separate but equal" What was the name of the suit which stood as standard doctrine in U.S. law until its repudiation in the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education?

(8) Rats are trained to run in a straight, alley like maze for a food reward which was located at the end of it and they performed almost automatically on reflex. Upon learning the maze over time, the rats started to run faster through each length and turn. By the stimulus of the maze, their behavior became a series of associated movements, instead of stimulus from the outside world. This routine continued even if the length of the path changed. Once the rats were well trained they were released into a shortened alleyway, yet they would run straight into the end of the wall. This experiment was named for the sound the rats made when they hit the wall, what is it?

P: 9) Australian premium pet products company, Pets Palace, is launching a range of natural mineral water for dogs. Even more remarkably, the top-of-the-line sparkling natural mineral water named Bellaqua comes in handmade crystal bottles, encrusted with jewels no less, and costs how much per bottle?

10) In philosophy, it is an element used in a variety of thought experiments intended to draw out certain features of our ideas of knowledge, reality, truth, mind, and meaning. It is drawn from the idea, common to many science fiction stories, that a mad scientist might remove a person's brain from the body, suspend it in life-sustaining liquid, and connect its neurons by wires to a supercomputer which would provide it with electrical impulses. According to such stories, the computer would then be simulating a virtual reality (including appropriate responses to the brain's own output) and the person with the "disembodied" brain would continue to have perfectly normal conscious experiences without these being related to objects or events in the real world. What is this called?

11) His work focuses upon such subjects as disaster sites, conspiracy theories, and religious cults. He constructs miniature versions of specific sites or buildings where significant events have taken place. He uses simple materials with little detailing, creating a distance from the real event, leaving it to the viewer’s own imagination to fill in the missing information, referring to the elusiveness of real understanding in a media saturated environment. He constructed a complete model of the seven buildings which made up the site, and then meticulously destroyed the model using a scalpel. Who is this 30-something old artist?

12) This is a fictional foundation in the Lost television series. It was formed by an arms purveyor, who turned his attention from "keeping the world safe through the development of sophisticated weapons systems" to focus instead on the development of new technologies to "create a brighter future for all humanity." The greeting "Namaste" is used by the organization's members. What is the name of this?

13) Ahoy is Used to hail a ship, a boat or a person, or to attract attention. Traditionally, when used from a ship to hail an approaching boat, the standard responses are: "aye aye", if a commissioned officer is in the boat; What is the correct response if here isn’t an officer in the boat?

H:14) It started out as the Barn Dance in the new fifth-floor radio station studio of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville. And began a program featuring "Dr. Humphrey Bate and his string quartet of old-time musicians.” later long-time announcer and program director George D. Hay, who was also named the most popular radio announcer in America launched this with 77 year old fiddler Uncle Jimmy Thompson on November 28, 1925, which is celebrated as the birth date of this place- what is it?

Friday, 15 May 2009

The 1st Question Golden Anniversary - 12 May 09


To follow, without halt, one aim: that's the secret of success.
Anna Pavlova

Like after a nice walk when you have seen many lovely sights you decide to go home, after a while I decided it was time to go home, let us put the cubes back in order. And it was at that moment that I came face to face with the Big Challenge: What is the way home?
Erno Rubik

This week before the questions I want to say a few words about our great show & panel-

Every panelist this illuminating evening was a SciLands Senator!

And The show won the Bronze for the Online Machinima Film Festival and I want to thank everyone as well for this.

Plus we have a gorgeous new studio that has so much style and substance. Clean lines, enough seating and the world at our feet from The amazing Gwen Carillon. And in a news flash heard around the globe - I finally have a tartan designed for the Clan Amsterdam. Yes, there is a "P" in it too. Gwen did a fantastic job, and the outside of our StudioDome is now a glowing translucent pearl.

The show was a real tribute to so much that has happened over the year as we had the panel from the very first shows, even before the show was broadcast on network. Looking back at that show was like taking a telescope and looking backward in time. I am so proud of everything that has happened for us this year, and as there is "no place like dome" we are eon to a great future together indeed. With we will all go further than ever before in bringing the best entertainment possible to the edge of your seats. Don't sit back and relax, but rather lean forward, get comfortable and join in the fun!

-Troy McLuhan returned to the panel and it is always great to see him. In March of 2008 a tornado left me in the CMP Auditorium,(I hadn't been back in SL since that first and only hour in 2006 I made & left my avatar abandoned in a Circuit City parking lot.)I remember reading a comment this rather broad shouldered man made which stunned me in its perception and insight. I was 100% n00b, but I didn't care I friend requested him and he accepted. Soon after that when I wanted to create the show, he patiently sent IM's back and forth to me helping me vet a name. I asked him to be on the show, I had to send him the first run of show, and he said yes. The man is a pioneer, & my first guest I hadn't realized was the head of the Science Center. When he said yes, everyone else did too. A great friend and a wonderful man. And his well documented love of chicken is legendary. Thanks Troy.

-Clowey Greenwood is a great educator. I had met her on the lawn of a talk I went to in those first few weeks. Her brilliant observations and encouragement of all, to also feel free to contribute made her a very important guest for me to have on the show. She graciously said yes and joined that first night in April so long ago it seems. She is going to have a discussion scheduled soon again for all who wish to hear each others great cogs of thought. Yes, it is a discussion, and all are welcome. You never know where that spark of genius is going to come from. Clowey has it ready for us too. It's for the group "teaching science" and it will be on teaching concepts that are constantly changing

May 20 at 4SLT on the lawn of Biome. Thank you, Clowey.

-Paradox Olbers is the man who really is responsible for so much in my Second Life. He is The Guru, the man I met those fateful few days I realized I had to stay and could make the Golden Age of the Internet happen here. We met after the CMP conference one day, and he said, obviously quite moved, that Arthur C. Clarke had just passed away. That struck me too as a profound kind of changing of the guard moment, and we commiserated. I have told this story before and do on the show so I won't go into again here, but well if it wasn't for Paradox taking a chance on a n00b as he did and welcoming me into the Scilands under his auspicious guidance, certainly all that has happened very possibly would not have. You are truly a guiding light to me. Thank you Paradox from the bottom of my wee Pooky heart.

-Patio Plasma is an incredible person; I mean you just don't meet people who are as intuitive, bright, intrigued by life and talented as he is. Patio is head scientist at the Real Exploratorium in San Francisco, an MIT graduate in Physics and currently writes Isaac Asimov's old column. Of course this make it Patios column now. He also runs the SPLO! which is the greatest science museum in Second Life, with over 50 exhibits all interactive, and all guaranteed to have your jaw dropping. Yes I rode the cannonball around the earth based on writings by Sir Isaac Newton! And survived to tell the tale, it is one great adventure in science as only Second Life can give you again & again. Patio also on the first broadcast show last May 15th spoke for the first time using SL voice! Thank you Patio!

(And if I get to the SLCC conference somehow this year- The 1st Question might be able to do a LIVE show in the real Exploratorium! Oh help me get there! Hah, Got Miles?)


For the answers go to The 1st Question blog at SLCN

1) Aphrodite, had two names, this one signifying "heavenly" or "spiritual", that distinguished her from her more earthly aspect of "Aphrodite Pandemos" or "Aphrodite for all the people" The two were used (mostly in literature) to explain the more sacred love of body and soul from purely physical lust. What was Aphrodite’s more celestial name?

2) At the Mountain View, CA headquarters of Google, these have been employed as a low-carbon alternative to gasoline lawnmowers. About 200 are used for a week at a time and also fertilize as they consume. These weed abaters are rented. What are they?

3) He enlisted in the Union Army during the American Civil War, eventually given command of a force of cavalry. After the war, he attempted to run a plantation in Mississippi but failed. He opened his own business in 1876 with plans to manufacture drugs and market them wholesale to pharmacies. Two of the early advances he pioneered were creating gelatin capsules and fruit flavoring for liquid medicines. His was the first pharmaceutical company of its kind; staffed a dedicated research department and put in place numerous quality assurance measures. Many of his suggested reforms were enacted into law in 1906, resulting in the creation of the Food and Drug Administration. He was also among the pioneers of the concept of prescriptions. Who was he?

4) He worked for Google as Chief Internet Evangelist.. During his graduate student years, he worked in a data packet networking group that connected the first two nodes of the ARPANet. He led the engineering of the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet. He is also working on the Interplanetary Internet, together with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It will be a new standard to communicate from planet to planet, using radio/laser communications that are highly tolerant to signal degradation Who is the computer scientist most often called 'the father of the Internet'

5) Made up of more than 1200 mirrored heliostats surrounding a huge 54 story high tower, the world's largest solar power tower plant is now operating where?

6) Grocon plans to build this country’s first carbon neutral office building on a former brewery site– and possibly the first of its kind in the world. According to the developer, the $6 million, four-storey building has been designed to generate more energy on the site than it uses, offsetting the carbon emissions produced to operate it – “Any carbon emissions used in the building’s ongoing operation will be offset by renewable energy from large photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roof as well as wind turbines,” What country is this going to be in?

7) These microbes are probably one of the earliest domesticated organisms. It’s cells are organized into complex structures enclosed within membranes and are classified in the kingdom Fungi, with about 1,500 species . Most reproduce asexually by budding, although a few do so by binary fission. They are largely unicellular, yet size can vary greatly depending on the species. Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been used for thousands of years.. Researchers have used it to gather information into human biology. At present it is estimated that only 1% of its species have been described. What is it?

8) A 1982 film, It has a distinctive visual style, The hero of the story is digitized into the mainframe of a computer game and finds himself standing in the digital world. This film featured parts of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — and is the only movie to have scenes filmed inside this lab. After several Wall Street investment analysts attended a screening and were largely unimpressed with what they saw, Disney stock dropped 4% in active trading. The inspiration for it occurred in 1976 when writer Steve Lisberger looked at a sample reel from a computer firm called MAGI and saw Pong for the first time. What is the name of this film which was one of the first films from a major studio to use computer graphics extensively?

9) He was responsible for positing numerous cosmological theories that have a profound impact on understanding of our universe today. His first wife’s money was instrumental in the funding of the Palomar Observatory during the Great Depression. His museum in Switzerland contains his ideas relating to "morphological analysis, and his tombstone reads”In this home the astronomer who discovered neutron stars and the dark matter of the universe. “Who was he?

This is formed when the light from a very distant, bright source (such as a quasar) is "bent" around a massive object (such as a cluster of galaxies) between the source object and the observer and is one of the predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. Zwicky said galaxy clusters could become them. What is this process known as?

Pop art is the movement that emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the US. Pop art challenged tradition by asserting that an artist's use of the mass-produced visual commodities of popular culture is contiguous with the perspective of Fine Art.. Eduardo Paolozzi. is considered the initial standard bearer of “pop art” and first to display the word "pop"and he showed this collage in 1952 as part of his groundbreaking Bunk! series in London. What was the title of this seminal work?

12) He was an Austrian zoologist, animal psychologist, and Nobel Prize winner. He is often regarded as one of the founders of modern ethology,the study of animal behavior, He studied instinctive behavior in animals, especially in greylag geese and jackdaws. Working with geese, he rediscovered the principle of imprinting (originally described by in the 19th century) in the behavior of birds. He wrote King Solomon's Ring and On Aggression. Who was he?

13) It plays drums, serves drinks and learns whatever you care to teach it – it’s Hawk, your very own bot for the home. It is a human-like robot with hawkish head and long claw-like arms. The companies’ scientists and engineers previously designed robotic systems for various space agencies. The Hawk uses a dual-camera animated head, an indoor GPS system and sensors to both navigate about the layout of the house, Its arms have six degrees of freedom. Sitting on a wheeled base, Hawk can be controlled by wireless remote “tele-operation” or a small touch screen on the robot’s chest. The robot can carry enough weight to bring you a tray of drinks. What small Canadian robotics company is Hawk from?

14) He is a robot in need of friends on Facebook. This "facebot" is part of the College of IT of the United Arab Emirates University. It can distinguish faces of humans and the pictures they post on Facebook. "The robot will create a personal entry for itself in Facebook. Upon meeting a human it has not encountered before, it will ask for his/her name, and search for him in Facebook. The human's Facebook entries will serve as a starting point for simple dialogs." The project, entitled "Facebots: Robots utilizing and publishing social information in FaceBook", has received funding from Microsoft. Note that this is a different use of the term "facebot" - it does not refer to a malicious botnet. Who is the robot named and modeled after?

15) The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an international environmental treaty that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants. Lindane was just added to the list of the original dirty dozen, which has grown over the years. There are exemptions most notably for the use of these as what?

16) He created a small museum in his childhood home, and displayed a love for nature- his first book was Fatu Hiva, (Hunt for Paradise). His more famous book Kon-Tiki, named after the balsa wood raft, demonstrated that it was possible for a primitive raft to sail the Pacific with relative ease and safety. . This book has been translated into over 50 languages and the documentary won an Academy Award in 1951.Who was this writer and adventurer?

17) In New Hampshire computer games unfold at human scale. The object at these gaming theaters is to combine the experiences of large-screen presentation with multiplayer gaming as experienced online - but better. No long waits for downloads, no screen lag - more like you might experience in a LAN party in which everyone had a $5,000 screen and PC rig. And, even better, you can fortify yourself with food and drinks, all ordered onscreen and delivered right to your seat. "Basically, this is a video gaming theater... like a movie theater for gaming. Everybody gets a state of the art PC and at least a six-foot screen. The first SciFi interactive, participatory environment – it is named after something out of Star trek. What is it?

Monday, 11 May 2009

The 1st Question 49.75 - 5 May 09


The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
Jonas Salk

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Vince Lombardi


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1) This is a one-of-a-kind scientific display located at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is 3-story structure and one of the largest immersive chambers in the world. There are soon to be multiple high-resolution video projectors for it, and 3-D audio. Other clusters include simulation, sensor-array processing, real-time video processing for motion-capture, render-farm/real-time ray-tracing and content and prototyping environments. What is this which a team of physicists could stand in and be inside of an atom, or a team of doctors observe within the brain?

2) Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh, made a controversial film about Islamic culture, was stabbed and shot dead in Amsterdam. What film was he killed for?

3) See Moon, it is a Moody, cerebral thriller set on hyper-realistic one-man lunar base. Starring Sam Rockwell, apparently all by himself. It's Cast Away meets Solaris! Except maybe good! Who is the Director? The director’s father was a well known space oddity himself.

4) The emperor of this book is Paul Atreides and features the following- the Axolotl Tank - A device to regenerate or reshape organic material, The Ghola , A living, functioning person who is regrown or recreated from the tissues of a dead person. Face Dancers who have the ability to Mimic through genetic manipulation and Stillsuit Desert Boots Special boots that offered parasitic power harvesting. What book did these come from?

5) These are new fangled kitchen utensil designs, For example, with a simple bouncing motion, the Chop Chop is a plastic ball with a lid, you can efficiently slice and dice whatever is thrown into it The designers have come up with additional tops for mashing softer vegetables and tenderizing meat. Also The Pear, a flexible ring embedded with a cutting blade and board. By squeezing the ring with your hand, the blade pares, slices or chops. Kitchen Cruiser looks and works a little like a child’s toy. Drive it over a block of cheese like a car and it grates as you go, spitting grated cheese out the sides. What is the name of this kitchen utensil design company?

6) The words “global economic downturn” are not a part of Bellperre’s vocabulary, as evidenced by the release of its new high-end Nero Gold series. The Netherlands based company offers handcrafted tailor made items using “0% plastic”, The Nero Gold collection is available in six casings including silver, and gold. Add to this the option of choosing between alligator, shark, lizard or buffalo skin Precious gemstones like diamonds, rubies and sapphires are also available to decorate these one-off creations. What does Bellperre make?

7) This is a software and hardware platform for reading electronic books developed by, you can download books from a variety of sources, for various prices. New York Times bestsellers go for $10. While classic can be had for $1.99 and you can get subscriptions through it too. And self publish- What is this?

8) She was an English biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made important contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, viruses, coal and graphite. Her pictures of DNA have been called, "amongst the most beautiful x-ray photographs of any substance ever taken". The possibility that she played a major role in the discovery of the true structure of DNA was not revealed until her colleague wrote his personal account, The Double Helix. She died at 37. Who was she?

9) Though the validity of the text may not be called into question, sometimes who wrote it is. In Antiquity this was "an accepted and honored custom practiced by students/admirers of a revered figure. This word includes falsely attributed works, texts whose claimed authorship is unfounded; and whose real author attributed it to a figure of the past. What is this false attribution of authorship called?

10) Although made every effort to gain the secret of the philosopher's stone, this man was not thought to have been successful. He was a Polish alchemist, philosopher, and medical doctor. A pioneer of chemistry, he developed ways of purification and creation of various acids, metals and other chemical compounds. He discovered that air is not a single substance and contains a life-giving substance-later called oxygen-170 years before Scheele and Priestley. He is said to have used this philosopher's stone to convert large amounts of gold from quicksilver, including during an exhibition in the presence of the Emperor Rudolph II. Who was this man?

11) It is known as The devil’s cigar, when it emerges from the ground, it somewhat resembles a dark brown cigar, and in maturity it splits open into 4–6 rays to form a star-shape. This is often accompanied by a distinct hissing sound, and the release of a smoky cloud of spores. It’s a unique mushroom and is found in only two places. Name one?

Sunday, 3 May 2009

The 1st Question 49.5 - 28 Apr 09


What the human mind can conceive and believe it can accomplish.
David Sarnoff

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Bruce Feirstein

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
Mark Russell


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1) Musicians use their brain waves to play computer-generated notes while led by an 'emotional conductor' in this city. The graphs of those brain waves are projected onto one of two large screens above the orchestra. The performers launch sounds or affect their frequencies using EEG systems that measure their brain activity.In what city did this recently take place?

2) Beautification engine' software uses special algorithms to subtly make your face more attractive. Alas, cosmetic surgery addicts, it only works on your digital image. Software created by researchers at Microsoft and Tel Aviv University uses data and 234 measurements between facial features (lips to chin, forehead to eyes, etc.) to find the human ideal. When provided with a picture of a human face, their software can apply these ideal proportions, remaking the face to bring it closer to what people agree is beautiful. This is reminiscent of the video-manicuring program from Bruce Sterling's 1985 novel which spoke of Manipulating live video images in real time. What was the title of the book?

3) It is the tendency of a fluid jet to stay attached to an adjacent curved surface that is very well shaped. The principle was named after Romanian aerodynamics pioneer who was the first to recognize the practical application of the phenomenon in aircraft development. It is the same principle with which water will flow on the curved surface of a spoon, What is this effect known as?

4) ) Just launched this prints and binds books on demand in five minutes, a Time magazine "invention of the year" is billed as the most revolutionary development in books for 500 years, Titles may increase to over a million by the end of the summer – the equivalent of 23.6 miles of shelf space, or over 50 bookshops rolled into one."This could change bookselling fundamentally as It's giving the chance for smaller locations, independent booksellers, to have the opportunity to truly compete with big stock-holding shops and Amazon ..From academics keen to purchase reproductions of rare manuscripts to wannabe novelists after a copy of their self-published novels, this machine is amazing, what is it called?

5) In 1894, this Bengali Indian physicist, demonstrated publicly the use of radio waves in Calcutta, but he was not interested in patenting his work. He ignited gunpowder and rang a bell at a distance using electromagnetic waves, showing independently that communication signals can be sent without using wires. In 1896, the Daily Chronicle of England reported on his UHF experiments: but he was not interested in the commercial applications of the experiment's transmitter. He did not try to file patent protection for sending signals. Who was this man?

6) Pre-1960 grassroots activism against DDT in Nassau County, New York, had inspired Rachel Carson to write her shocking bestseller. What was it called?

7) The concept of Earth Day was first proposed in a memo to JFK . The first earth day celebration was in 1970. The nationwide event included opposition to the Vietnam War on the agenda, but this was thought to detract for the environmental message. Pete Seeger was a keynote speaker and performer at the event held in Washington DC. Which was most notable organization to protest the event?

8)He was the inventor of the first navigable submarine in 1620 and an innovator who contributed to the development of measurement and control systems, optics and chemistry. He even took James I on a test dive beneath the Thames, making him the first monarch to travel underwater. To re-oxygenate the air inside one or more of these submarines, he likely generated oxygen by heating potassium nitrate or sodium nitrate in a metal pan.. He also invented a chicken incubator and a mercury thermostat. He also developed and demonstrated a working air conditioning system. Who was this man?

9) Though he scoffed at astrology, he is said to have spent a lot of time pursuing alchemy, especially the philosophers' stone. Metius published treatises on the astrolabe and on surveying. He also manufactured astronomical instruments, and developed a special form of Jacob's staff. In 1585, his father had found for the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, later called pi, the approximate value 355/113. He later published his father's results, and the value 355/113 is traditionally referred to as his number. Who was he?

10) The first walk-in cocktail is currently being provided by Alcoholic Architecture and the idea is that the very atmosphere of a drinking establishment itself is the drink - Patrons are asked to don plastic coats. Forty minutes in here apparently equates to drinking one gin and tonic, although the knowing injunction to "breathe responsibly" suggests that were you to adopt a greedier, gulpier approach to inhalation, you might feel like you'd had quite a few more. A genteel-sounding gin-and-tonic "mist" is what's promised, but it's actually more of a dense fog that makes seeing beyond a few inches impossible. A single, green-tinged light bulb (presumably to signify a squeeze of lime) does little to stop people bumping into each other. Where is this bar?
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