Science quiz-“Science Whiz of the Week!”
The first person to answer all three correctly will be the “Science Whiz of the Week!”
1 Between October 7 and October 14, a Swedish institution will make a series of six announcements, each announcement naming one to three persons or the name of an organisation. Each person or organisation will receive a very prestigious medal (as an award) and, all the persons in each announcement will share a $1.2 million cash prize. Name this award.*
2 As of now, most of the Japanese nuclear power plants are offline because, after Fukushima disaster, the government asked them to revise their safety standards. On September 27, the company that managed the Fukushima plant, TEPCO, applied for two of its reactors to be reopened saying that it had made them safer. Expand TEPCO.
3 On September 26-27, NASA scientists announced that, using the Curiosity rover, they had found water on Mars. However, it was present as liquid water. Instead, they had found water molecules bonded with amorphous substances in the soil. What is an amorphous substance?*
4 The test to check for if a person has difficulty distinguishing between red and green colours is called the ________ test. Fill in the blank with the name of the Japanese physician who invented this method in 1917.
5 Small spiders, especially those in windy regions, are sometimes known to use very fine silk from their bodies to make small, triangular parachutes. Hanging on to them, they fly relatively long distances. Many scientists believe that the small spiders use this technique to scatter their young ones over a wider area to give them a better chance of survival. What has the fine spider silk been called since 1325?
6 On September 27, Google celebrated its 15th birthday, and released a new search algorithm called Hummingbird. However, this is not Google actual birth-date; what is it?
7 On September 29, which language edition of Wikipedia celebrated its 10th birthday?
8 The IPCC is an organisation set up by the United Nations to help governments worldwide respond to and protect against climate change. Expand IPCC, and tell us why it has been in the news recently.*
9 Since 1958, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has been awarding an esteemed prize to those conducting outstanding research in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, mathematics or engineering in India. Last week, the nominees for 2013 were announced. The award is named after a famous Indian chemist, who is considered the father of research labs in the country. Name him.
10 September 23 was the 136th death anniversary of which French mathematician who was one of the discoverers of Neptune?
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