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Second Annual Chandler Science Pub Quiz, Ig Nobel Edition


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Chandler Science Cafe at Gangplank Hack Night, Second Annual Science Pub Quiz. Do you watch Nova? Listen to Science Friday? Our hour-long quiz is about the 2014 Ig Nobel Awards.

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Second Annual Chandler Science Pub Quiz, Ig Nobel Edition

  1. 1. Second Annual Chandler Science Café Science Pub Quiz The Ig Nobel Edition
  2. 2. Chandler Science Cafe Every First Wednesday of the month, 7 PM at Gangplank Chandler Hack Night. Science Cafés are live—and lively— events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic.
  3. 3. January 2015 Chandler Science Cafe Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 7pm, “The Drone Dilemma: Commercial UAVs, the FAA, and You.” Discussion led by Garrick Williams, Young Professionals chair for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as well as the External Chair for the Orbital Early Career Network (OECN) at Orbital Sciences in Chandler.
  4. 4. The Ig Nobels The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, and then THINK. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology. Every September, in a gala ceremony in Harvard's Sanders Theatre, 1100 splendidly eccentric spectators watch the new winners step forward to accept their Prizes. These are physically handed out by genuinely bemused genuine Nobel Laureates. The 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony happened on Thursday, September 18, 2014.
  5. 5. Science Pub Quiz  Round 1: 3 questions worth 5 points each (15);  Round 2: 3 questions worth 10 points each (30);  Round 3: Paper Airplane Challenge Distance 10 points, Time in Air 10 points;  Ultimate Question: bet all, some or no points earned.
  6. 6. The Rules  Put your team name on all of the answer sheets provided.  All questions are from 2014 Ig Nobel Awards.  You have one minute to answer each question after it is read aloud.  Turn in your answer sheet when time called.  No more than four people per team.
  7. 7. Round 1, Question 1 The 2014 Ig Nobel Award for Physics went to: A. "Frictional Coefficient under Banana Skin," Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai. B. “Absence of red structural color in photonic glasses, bird feathers, and certain beetles, “Sofia Magkiriadou, Jin-Gyu Park, Young- Seok Kim, and Vinothan N. Manoharan. C. “Universal Power Law Governing Pedestrian Interactions,” Ioannis Karamouzas, Brian Skinner, and Stephen J. Guy.
  8. 8. Round 1, Answer 1 A. 2014 PHYSICS PRIZE: Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that's on the floor. 5 Points
  9. 9. Round 1, Question 2 Who portrayed The Human Spotlight (male) at the 2014 Ig Nobel Awards:
  10. 10. Round 1, Question 2 Who portrayed The Human Spotlight (male) at the 2014 Ig Nobel Awards: A. Brad Pitt, Actor. B. Howard Berg, Herchel Smith Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard. C. James F. Bredt, co-inventor of 3D printing.
  11. 11. Round 1, Answer 2 C. James F. Bredt, co-inventor of 3D printing. Jim Bredt founded Z-Corp – “which was at one point the world's largest 3d printer manufacturer, teaches at MIT, owns the powder printing research lab Viridis 3d, and is the human spotlight at the Ig Nobel Awards.” Super-Releaser 5 Points
  12. 12. Round 1, Question 3 Who won the 2014 Neuroscience Ig Nobel Award? A. “Neural Correlates of Interspecies Perspective Taking in the Post-Mortem Atlantic Salmon: An Argument For Proper Multiple Comparisons Correction,” Craig Bennett. B. "Seeing Jesus in Toast: Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Face Pareidolia," Jiangang Liu, Jun Li, Lu Feng, Ling Li, Jie Tian, Kang Lee. C. “Mechanisms of brain evolution: Regulation of neural progenitor cell diversity and cell cycle length,” Victor Borrell, Federico
  13. 13. Round 1, Answer 3 B. "Seeing Jesus in Toast: Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Face Pareidolia," Jiangang Liu, Jun Li, Lu Feng, Ling Li, Jie Tian, Kang Lee. 5 Points CC Joshua Kehn
  14. 14. Round 2, Question 1 The 2014 Ig Nobel Biology prize established when defecating and urinating, dogs prefer to align their body axis with which of Earth’s geomagnetic field lines? A. East-West B. Inner Van Allen Belt C. North-South D. Outer Van Allen Belt
  15. 15. Round 2, Answer 1 C. North-South WikiCommons, Mike Finkelstein "Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth's magnetic field," Vlastimil Hart, Petra Nováková, Erich Pascal Malkemper, Sabine Begall, Vladimír Hanzal, Miloš Ježek, Tomáš Kušta, Veronika Němcová, Jana Adámková, Kateřina Benediktová, Jaroslav Červený and Hynek Burda, Frontiers in Zoology, 10:80, 27 December 27, 2013. 10 points
  16. 16. Round 2, Question 2 The 2014 Ig Nobel Public Health prize was awarded “for investigating whether it is mentally hazardous for a human being to own a cat.” Which study was cited for the award? A. "Changes in personality profile of young women with latent toxoplasmosis." B. "Decreased level of psychobiological factor novelty seeking and lower intelligence in men latently infected with the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii Dopamine, a missing link between schizophrenia and toxoplasmosis?“ C. "Describing the Relationship between Cat Bites and Human Depression Using Data from an Electronic Health Record.“ D. All of the above
  17. 17. Round 2, Answer 2 D. All of the above. Jaroslav Flegr, Jan Havlíček and Jitka Hanušova-Lindova, and David Hanauer, Naren Ramakrishnan, Lisa Seyfried. WikiCommons, Yumi Kimura 10 points
  18. 18. Round 2, Question 3 The 2014 Ig Nobel Arctic Science Prize went to Eigil Reimers and Sindre Eftestøl, for testing how reindeer react to seeing humans who are disguised as: A. Seals B. Wolves C. Polar Bears D. Lions
  19. 19. Round 2, Answer 3 C. "Response Behaviors of Svalbard Reindeer towards Humans and Humans Disguised as Polar Bears on Edgeøya," Eigil Reimers and Sindre Eftestøl, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 10 points
  20. 20. Ultimate Question The Ig Nobel awards feature 24/7 LECTURES, in which several of the world's top thinkers each explains her or his subject twice: FIRST : a complete technical description in 24 seconds, THEN: a clear summary that anyone can understand, in 7 words.
  21. 21. Ultimate Question This 7 word summary describes which body of study: “The rich get richer. The poor... don't.” A. Mechanism Design Theory B. Management of Common Pool Resources C. Gini Coefficient D. Asymmetric Information Improbable Research bet all, some or no points earned
  22. 22. Ultimate Question Answer C. “The Gini coefficient is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income distribution of a nation's residents, and is the most commonly used measure of inequality.” Eric S. Maskin, Economics, 2007, recognized with Leonid Hurwicz and Roger Myerson “for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory.” bet all, some or no points earned
  23. 23. Paper Airplane Challenge  Use only paper provided;  You may tear the paper;  You may not add anything (such as paperclips or weights);  15 Points for longest distance (measured in front of launcher down the hallway from the door);  15 Points for longest time in the air without being touched, blown or propelled after launch.