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  • AMD and the K series of processors
  • It is Scorched Earth, the mother of all games, as the Gulf war was touted to be the ‘mother of all wars’
  • (Sci)Tech Quiz Prelims

    1. 1. [citation needed]The (Sci-)Tech Quiz<br />Kumar Shaurya Shankar<br />
    2. 2. <ul><li>No negatives
    3. 3. Star marked questions tie breakers</li></ul>Prelims<br />2<br />
    4. 4. 1<br />3<br />
    5. 5.  <br />3<br /> <br />
    6. 6. 2<br />George de Mestral named his invention X which is a portmanteau of the two French words velours, meaning 'velvet', and crochet, or 'hook'<br />
    7. 7. 4<br />
    8. 8. 5<br />The name was inspired by a puzzle question that Vincent Connare heard within Microsoft headquarters. The question was "can you make a X that could launch a person from main campus to the new consumer campus about a mile away? Mathematically, is it possible and how?" and Mr. Connare "thought that would be a great name for a font that launches words across the Internet".<br />
    9. 9. 6<br />This company’s first in house product was launched ‘96. The product’s name has a ‘K’ which is a reference to Kryptonite, being the only substance that could harm Superman. It was a dig at the world leader in its segment. Identify this computing behemoth.<br />
    10. 10. 7<br />Identify the trend setting game, with something that the famous individual said.<br />
    11. 11. 8<br />A very famous Science (and Tech) image<br />Identify the lady, and claim to fame<br />10<br />
    12. 12. 9<br />X is an autonomous organization set up in 1988 under the Department of Science & Technology to look ahead in technologies, assess the technology trajectories, and support technology innovation by network actions in select technology areas of national importance.<br />In 1993, X embarked upon the major task of formulating a Technology Vision for the country in various emerging technology areas. The outcome of the Technology Vision 2020 exercise led to the set of 17 documents, including sixteen technology areas and one on services. The effort was a unique and pioneering exercise that involved more than 5,000 experts including scientists, technologists and corporate managers from academia, industry and the government. X continues to strive for technology development of the country by leveraging technology innovation through sustained and concerted programmes in close association with academia and industry. <br />11<br />
    13. 13. 10<br />X works a bit like taking a flash-lit photo of an object using a normal camera. There the image forms from photons that come out of the flash, bounce off an object and into the lens.<br />The new technique also uses a light source to illuminate an object. However, the image is not formed from light that hits the object and bounces back. Instead, the camera collects photons that do not hit the object, but are paired through a quantum effect with others that did.<br />The same method could one day be employed to produce satellite images of objects hidden behind clouds or smoke, using the sun's radiation as the photon source. Doing that may require a photon counter beneath the clouds, but could allow a top-down view not possible using conventional methods.<br />12<br />
    14. 14. 13<br />
    15. 15. <ul><li>No negatives
    16. 16. Star marked questions tie breakers</li></ul>Prelims - Answers<br />14<br />
    17. 17.  <br />A Rubik Cube solver built completely in a Lego Mindstorms kit. It can solve any random 3x3 Rubiks cube within 13 seconds.<br /> <br />
    18. 18. Velcro<br />16<br />
    19. 19. Search Engines after comic characters. Actually, Archie wasn’t named after the character, but the other two were.<br />17<br />
    20. 20. Microsoft Comic Chat, or simply Microsoft Chat<br />It  is a graphical IRC client created by Microsoft, first released with Internet Explorer 3.0 in 1996. It was developed by Microsoft researcher David Kurlander, with Microsoft research's virtual worlds group and later a group he managed in Microsoft's internet division.<br />Its main feature, which set it apart from other IRC clients, is that it enabled comic characters to represent a user; this character could express a specified emotion, possibly making IRC chatting a more emotive and expressive experience. All of the characters and backgrounds were initially created by comic artist Jim Woodring. Later, available tools allowed user-created characters and backgrounds.<br />18<br />
    21. 21. This font - Trebuchet<br />19<br />
    22. 22. AMD<br />20<br />
    23. 23. It is Scorched Earth, the “mother of all games” (or so the developer thought), as the Gulf war was touted to be the ‘mother of all wars’<br />21<br />
    24. 24. Lenna, <br />Standard test image<br />22<br />
    25. 25. Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC)<br />23<br />
    26. 26. Ghost Imaging<br />24<br />