Scoring scheme for QCfixion: Preliminary round contains 4 written quizzes, each on a different set of topics. All participating teams must attend all four quizzes. The topics are: 1. ST- Science and Technology 2. BP- Business, Politics and Current Affairs 3. HL- History, Culture, Heritage and Literature 4. EN- Sports and Entertainment. Teams have to give their priority for these quizzes, based on their confidence in the respective topics. For highest priority quiz, the team will get 5 points for each correct answer. For second highest priority quiz, the team will get 4 points per correct answer. For third highest priority quiz, the team gets 2 points per correct answer and for the least prior set, only 1 point will be awarded per correct answer. If a team chooses not to mention the priority order, 3 points will be given for each correct answer in each quiz.
1. In medieval times, which element X was often seen as beneficial for the health, in the belief that something that rare and beautiful could not be anything but healthy. Even some modern esotericists and forms of alternative medicine assign it a healing power. In modern times, injectable X has been proven to help to reduce the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis and tuberculosis. It can be used in food and has the E number 175. It also forms an important ingredient of a traditional German herbal liqueur produced in what is today Gdańsk, Poland, and Schwabach, Germany. What is X?
2. The Qur'an explicitly mentions it as a great sin. It was once regarded as the worst kind of usury, and was severely condemned by Roman law, as well as the common laws of many other countries. Richard Witt's book Arithmeticall Questions, published in 1613, was a landmark in the history of the subject. It was wholly devoted to the subject (previously called anatocism), whereas previous writers had usually treated it briefly in just one chapter in a mathematical textbook. What are we talking about?
8. What constituent of some modern day televisions can also be found in lightning, solar winds, the electric arc of a arc welding lamp, neon signs and in the area in front of a spacecraft’s heat shield during its reentry into the atmosphere?
9. Why is this bee incredibly special for modern biologists or biologists, in general?
11. A bohrbug (named after the Bohr atom model) is a bug that manifests itself consistently under a well-defined (but possibly unknown) set of conditions. A heisenbug (named after the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) is a computer bug that disappears or alters its characteristics when an attempt is made to study it. Deduce the name of the bug that manifests only after someone reading source code or using the program in an unusual way notices that it never should have worked in the first place, at which point the program promptly stops working for everybody until fixed.
12. Credited with the discovery of Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Boron and Barium, he had Michael Faraday as his laboratory assistant. Identify this gentleman:
13. Identify this Institute of National Importance, set up by Prashant Chandra Mahalanobis in 1931. The logo of this institute shows the Great Banyan from Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Gardens.
16. The version released on 22nd March 2011 is called Tumucumaque. The previous version was called Namoroka. The first version was called Pescadero. The first version with the product’s current name was called Royal Oak. What are we talking about?
17. Name India’s Reusable Launch Vehicle, shown in the third picture and find the link between the three pictures.
18. What suffix, usually used for roadster class of cars, connects these:
19. On what scale are electronegativities of elements measured, calculated as per their bond-energies?
20. Lead researcher Daniel Nocera says it’s been one of the Holy Grails of science for decades. It uses nickel and cobalt as catalysts to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen by facilitating oxygen-oxygen bonding. Oxygen and hydrogen molecules are then sent to a fuel cell that can produce electricity. If the device is placed in a one-gallon bucket of water in bright sunlight, it can reportedly produce enough electricity to power a house in a developing nation. What are we talking about?