The Sci Tech Quiz- NSIT Quiz Fest 2013


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The Sci Tech Quiz- NSIT Quiz Fest 2013

  1. 1. The NSIT Quiz Fest 2013 Sci-Tech Quiz
  2. 2. 1Fans speculate that the writers and directors of __________casted X as a tribute to Y. The following are some of theidiosyncratically similar behaviors that Y had too:1) Y was 62" tall and pale.2) He was meticulous in his grooming, clothing, and regimentedin his daily activities.3) He had an Eidetic memory4) Y probably suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder.5) Y was a celibate and never married, claiming that his chastitywas very helpful to his scientific abilities.6) He became a proponent of an imposed selective breedingversion of eugenics.7) Y was raised as an Orthodox Christian.Give me X and Y.
  3. 3. 1X – Sheldon CooperY – Nikola Tesla
  4. 4. 2What is this comic a reference to?
  5. 5. 2InstagramThe reference is to Instagram’s policy statingthat the user’s data will be owned by Instagram;which it was eventually forced to withdraw dueto protests from it’s users.
  6. 6. 3This is a 2007 blog post about a person’s fight with depression.Identify the person.“Surely there have been times when you’ve been sad. Perhapsyou cry. You feel worthless. You wonder whether it’s worth goingon. Everything you think about seems bleak — the things you’vedone, the things you hope to do, the people around you. Youwant to lie in bed and keep the lights off. Depressed mood is likethat, only it doesn’t come for any reason and it doesn’t go forany either. Go outside and get some fresh air or cuddle with aloved one and you don’t feel any better, only more upset atbeing unable to feel the joy that everyone else seems to feel.Everything gets colored by the sadness.”
  7. 7. 3Aaron Swartz
  8. 8. 4In case of a/an __________ , the following approaches are to beconsidered as of now:• Use of nuclear force. However an explosion would just “divide” the problem rather than solving it.• The European Space Agency is working on a mission called ‘Don Quijote’ that aims to use a large, heavy spacecraft. This method can only be used if the problem is detected with enough time to spare.• Another non-violent proposal is to use the Yarkovsky effect that describes the way in which sunlight can be used to give a gentle push.• Perhaps the most elegant, though least spectacular, solution involves a device called a "gravity tractor“. Fill in the blank.
  9. 9. 4Possible asteroid collision with Earth/Armageddon
  10. 10. 5• Google doodle on whose birthday?
  11. 11. 5Copernicus
  12. 12. 6X was developed at Y. The office on the fourth floor ofY’s building housed a database room.When the database started to grow, a number ofrequests that could not be fulfilled were answered witha standard message: ‘’__ __ : __ _ ___.’’. Later, whenprocesses were automated and people could directlyquery the database, the message IDs for errormessages remained linked to the room where theprocess took place and have led to the coining of theterm given by the blanks.Give me X and Y.
  13. 13. 6X – World Wide Web(WWW)Y - CERN
  14. 14. 7Godwins law is an observation made by MikeGodwin in 1990 that has become an Internet adage.It states: "As an online discussion grows longer, theprobability of a comparison involving X or Yapproaches 1." In other words, Godwin observedthat, given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitablymakes a comparison to X or the Y.X and Y are synonymous with each other. Give me Xand Y.
  15. 15. 7X – HitlerY - Nazis
  16. 16. 8The _____ ___________: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is theQuestion? is a 1993 popular science book by Nobel Prize-winningphysicist Leon M. Lederman and science writer Dick Teresi.The book provides a brief history of particle physics, starting with thePre-Socratic Greek philosopher Democritus, and continuing throughIsaac Newton, Roger J. Boscovich, Michael Faraday, and ErnestRutherford and quantum physics in the 20th century.Fill in the blanks.(Pic in the next slide)
  17. 17. 8God Particle
  18. 18. 9Following are excerpts from an email by one of the pioneers in his field, andthe beginning of one of the most famous flame wars in the early 90scomputer industry:From: comp.os.minixSubject: ___ _ ____Date: 29 Jan 92As a result of my occupation, I think I know a bit about where operatingsystems are going in the next decade or so...Don’t get me wrong, I am not unhappy with ___. It will get all the peoplewho want to turn MINIX in BSD UNIX off my back. But in all honesty, I wouldsuggest that people who want a **MODERN** "free" OS look around for amicrokernel-based, portable OS, like maybe GNU or something like that...FITB for the subject line.
  19. 19. 9Linux is obsolete
  20. 20. 10The twelve rules of this garage are:• Believe you can change the world.• Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.• Know when to work alone and when to work together.• Share tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues.• No Politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage).• The customer defines a job well done.• Radical ideas are not bad ideas.• Invent different ways of working.• Make a contribution every day.• If it doesn’t contribute, it doesn’t leave the garage.• Believe that together we can do anything.• Invent.What began here?
  21. 21. 10Hewlett-Packard
  22. 22. 11 X was an Indian Bengali scholar and the first director of the IndianAssociation for the Cultivation of Science, the oldest research institute inIndia.In 1909, X passed the Collegiate entrance exam, standing first among thestudents from East Bengal. In 1911 he ranked third in the ISC exam. In thesame year he went to Calcutta and joined the Presidency College to studyApplied Mathematics and found himself surrounded by numerous scholarswho later went on to become very well known as well.During his Bachelors degree, he stood second only to another prolificBengali scientist and polyglot Y who achieved immortality through aparticular nomenclature.In a tribute to X, Enrico Fermi wrote, "I still remember with great pleasurethe inspiration that I received from reading Professor Xs fundamentalcontributions to the theory of gas ionization."X and Y?
  23. 23. 11X – Meghnad SahaY – SN Bose
  24. 24. 12. What, in the World of Science, is this?
  25. 25. 12Einstein’s notebook in which he noted his workon Relativity and some other subjects, popularlyknown as ‘The Zurich Notebook’.
  26. 26. 13X is renowned for his contribution to pure and applied chemistry.In 1936, the British Government conferred the Order of BritishEmpire (OBE) on X and he was knighted in 1941 in recognition ofhis work for the war effort.After Indias independence, Y was set up under the chairmanshipof X. X played a significant part in building Indias post-independence science and technology policies and was the firstChairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC). After hisdeath, Y established the X Award for eminent scientists in hishonour.X and Y?
  27. 27. X – Dr. Shanti Swaroop BhatnagarY – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
  28. 28. 14The first of this device was invented by Hippolyte Marié-Davy in1854. Simon Lake used it in his submarines in 1902. Sir HowardGrubb perfected the device in World War I.However, Morgan Robertson (1861–1915) claimed to have tried topatent the device. In 1905, Robertsons book The SubmarineDestroyer was released. It described a submarine that used asimilar device.Which device am I talking about ?
  29. 29. 14Periscope
  30. 30. 15This first took place in New York in 1967 and was a spin-off from Y, whichuntil then was used for the purpose. The kick-off speaker for the firstevent was Bob Galvin. X is held in January each year at the Las VegasConvention Center.As of late, two of the usual organizations have scaled back their patronagefrom the event. This year, for the first time since 1999, a head from one ofthese organization did not deliver the keynote and instead Z, a leader in adifferent but similar industry took over the podium.Give me X and Z.
  31. 31. 15X – Chicago Music ShowZ - Qualcomm
  32. 32. 16This is a pictorial representation of one of the most famousexperiments in science. Which one, or what was its premise?
  33. 33. 16The Miller-Urey experiment that simulatedconditions on early Earth.It’s one of the most famous origin of lifeexperiments, and resulted in the synthesis ofover 20 different amino acids, providing insightinto how organic compounds might have beencreated from inorganic compounds.
  34. 34. 17The mathematician X published more papers than any othermathematician in history. He was known for describing proofs hefound particularly elegant as coming from "The Book", ahypothetical tome containing the most beautiful method(s) ofproving each theorem. Because of his prolific output, friendscreated the X number as a humorous tribute.His life was documented in the film N Is a Number: A Portrait of X.X is known for his idiosyncratic elements, especially of hismathematical analogies of real life people or situations.He referred to children as Greek Letter "Y" because inmathematics, particularly calculus, an arbitrarily small positivequantity is commonly denoted by the Y.X and Y?
  35. 35. 17X – ErdosY - Epsilon
  36. 36. 18X is a circumstance which occurs twice a year, during which thesetting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main streetgrid in __________.The neologism is derived from Y, where the sun aligns with thestones on the solstices with a similarly dramatic effect.During X, an observer on one of the gridded east-west streetswill see the sun setting over ___ ______ directly opposite, fromthe street, along its centerline.The circumstance has been the backdrop of many moviesincluding the Harrison Ford starrer Morning Glory and wasdepicted on the cover of the album ‘The Chemistry of CommonLife’ as it employed the dramatic nature of the event.
  37. 37. 18Manhattenhenge
  38. 38. 19The above car has a Nevada number plate with the infinity signprefixed to the number.According to the Department of Motor Vehicles"...using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the future.”What is so special about the number plates or these cars?
  39. 39. 19Google’s driverless cars
  40. 40. 20Scientists have been eyeing X as a potential storage medium for a longtime, for three very good reasons:1. It’s incredibly dense (you can store one bit per base, and a base isonly a few atoms large)2. It’s volumetric rather than planar3. It’s incredibly stable. X can survive for hundreds of thousands ofyears stored away in a box.To read the data stored in X, you simply sequence it — just as if youwere sequencing the human genome — and convert each of the basesback into binary. To aid with sequencing, each building block of X has a19-bit address block at the start, so a whole box of X can be sequencedout of order, and then sorted into usable data using the addresses.
  41. 41. 20DNA
  42. 42. 21Imagine a college housing scenario wherein 400 students haveapplied for rooms at a college that can only accommodate 100 ofthem. A selection of 100 students must be paired together inrooms, but the dean of students has a list of pairings of certainstudents who cannot room together. The total possible numberof pairings is ridiculously large — more than the total number ofatoms in the universe — but the solutions, i.e. the list of pairingsfinally provided to the dean, is easy to check for errors: If one ofthe dean’s prohibited pairs is on the list, that’s an error.This is a description of a very famous problem/ question that hasbeen unanswered or unsolved. What is the name given to theproblem?
  43. 43. 21P-NP Problem
  44. 44. 22.Graph depicting what?
  45. 45. 22Statistics of Felix Baumgartner’s space jumpcapsule.
  46. 46. 23X was the capital of Prussia from the Late Middle Ages until 1701when the capital was moved to Berlin. It is the home ofmathematicians Christian Goldbach, David Hilbert as well asphilosopher Immanuel Kant.In 1736, the mathematician Leonhard Euler used thearrangement of the citys geography as the basis for a veryfamous mathematical problem Y which led to the mathematicalbranches of topology and graph theory. Y?
  47. 47. X – KonigsbergY – The Seven Bridges of Konigsberg
  48. 48. 24Researchers at Stanford have figured out how harvester antcolonies decide when to send out more ants to get food. Antsbehave nearly the same way as the X, when searching for food.They found that the rate at which harvester ants – which foragefor seeds as individuals – leave the nest to search for foodcorresponds to food availability.A forager wont return to the nest until it finds food. If seeds areplentiful, foragers return faster, and more ants leave the nest toforage. If, however, ants begin returning empty handed, thesearch is slowed, and perhaps called off. This is similar to howtraffic on the X is managed, and has led to the coining of Y, a veryspecific term to describe the process occuring on the X.X and Y?
  49. 49. 24X – InternetY – Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
  50. 50. 25Identify the scientist in this video.
  51. 51. 25Richard Feynman