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Scibiztech finals, Eclectiza 2017

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Final round of SciBizTech quiz in Eclectiza, Thapar University, 2017

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Scibiztech finals, Eclectiza 2017

  1. 1. SciBizTech finals • Special Thanks to Abhimanyu Bhadauria for effective guinea-pig.
  2. 2. WR1: Fictional Companies, +10 each.
  3. 3. 1. Which company’s goof-up?
  4. 4. 2. Acquisitions by which company? Which comedy group is this from? • O. Verpaid Associates Ltd. • E. Normons and Sons • R. Devious Inc. • V. Rich and Son • D.Odgey Enterprises Ltd. • D. Crepid Holdings • X. Tortion World Wide Ltd. • Super Big Ltd.
  5. 5. 3. This is a list of notable employees of which bank (X)? • X- founder • Ragnok • Y • Ricbert • Bogrod • Gornuk • Nagnok • Blordak
  6. 6. 4. • Which fictional corporation, a result of a merger, is headquartered in Tokyo, London, San Francisco, the Sea of Tranquillity, and the exoplanet Thedus?
  7. 7. • Exchange sheets
  8. 8. 1. Which company’s faux-pas?
  9. 9. Dunder Mifflin paper company.
  10. 10. 2. Acquisitions by which company? Which group is this from? • O. Verpaid Associates Ltd. • E. Normons and Sons • R. Devious Inc. • V. Rich and Son • D.Odgey Enterprises Ltd. • D. Crepid Holdings • X. Tortion World Wide Ltd. • Super Big Ltd.
  11. 11. • The Very Big Corporation Of America, from Monty Python
  12. 12. 3. This is a list of notable employees of which bank? • X- founder • Ragnok • Y • Ricbert • Bogrod • Gornuk • Nagnok • Blordak
  13. 13. • Gringotts, and Griphook
  14. 14. 4. • Which fictional corporation, a result of a merger, is headquartered in Tokyo, London, San Francisco, the Sea of Tranquillity, and the exoplanet Thedus?
  15. 15. • The Weyland-Yutani corproration from the Alien franchise.
  16. 16. • Infinite bounce and pounce, clockwise +10 +10
  17. 17. 1. Seen here is the fest’s name written in a typeface designed by New York designer Michael Allen. What is it’s appropriately portmanteau-y name?
  18. 18. • Alphabeard.
  19. 19. 2. • a class of asymmetric ligands for asymmetric synthesis, the name derives from the class of Phospholanes (Phos) it belongs to, and the fact that the ligand consists of two 2,5- alkyl-substituted phospholane rings. It’s shortened form, however, is a reference to the company that manufactured it. Which company? What shortening?
  20. 20. • DuPhos, from DuPont.
  21. 21. 3. • Upon the severing of the corpus callosum, the right and left halves of the brain are often reported to be working independently of their own accord. In one such case, a woman’s right brain half developed suicidal tendencies and guided her left hand to choke her throat, whose attempts would be thwarted by her left hand. This led to naming the syndrome as the WX syndrome. As this condition was also portrayed in a movie, it is also known as the YZ syndrome. Give both names.
  22. 22. • Alien Hand Syndrome, and Dr. Strangelove Syndrome.
  23. 23. 4. • With a $350000 grant from Google’s Impact Challenge of 2015, what object of aid will get a 3D printed makeover developed by IIT Bombay, which replaces the traditional material of rubber for a high-density plastic and chops off (heh) about five hours of manufacturing time?
  24. 24. • The Jaipur Foot.
  25. 25. 5 • Most of X's code, written in the Go language in around a week, determines which screenshot frame of the series is most pertinent to the quote the user searches for by cutting each scene of all the episodes into 100 buckets of matching size amount. The standard colour of each bucket is then used to compare it with a frame of the bucket in the previous frame, and the image is saved if these two buckets are different enough. In addition to parsing episode video files with ffmpeg and cgo, the code also analyses subtitle files, matching the timecodes of both the subtitles and the series' screenshots. • Newsweek wrote that it "may be the greatest feat of Internet engineering we've ever seen". • Which search engine is being described?
  26. 26. Frinkiac
  27. 27. 5. • Explain how Fatfingers.com aims to provide you with significantly cheaper bids on eBay.
  28. 28. Type in what you are looking for on eBay and it will pull up items that were listed incorrectly by spelling that have no bids as no-one can find them.
  29. 29. 6. • Will Knight, of Vermont, packs two garage-sized barns with wooden frames, built in grids, hanging from the ceiling. • After his “artwork” is created, he sprays each work with white spray paint to make it more visible, and then passes a wood plaque through the hole, preserving the work. Add a few coats of lacquer, and Knight has perfectly mounted and preserved an intricate work of art. He then proceeds to sell them for ~$30, often online on a very adorable comic-sans font-rich website he calls “home of the original website”. How are they created?
  30. 30. Spiders create webs he then frames.
  31. 31. 7. • What was the appropriately punny name for the chimpanzee who was part of an extended study of animal language acquisition, refuting a belief held by a leading theorist in his (related) field?
  32. 32. Nim Chimpsky
  33. 33. 8 • While it is speculated that the artist Martin Drolling may have used this uniquely sourced pigment for Interior of a Kitchen(1815), it is as yet unknown if he knew about it. But when Edward Burne- Jones did find about it’s origins, he is reported to have immediately rushed to his backyard and buried it. What is the source, or what is the name of this colour?
  34. 34. Mummy brown.
  35. 35. 9. • To cater to the weekly dietary needs of Catholics, the boss man originally came up with something called a Hulaburger. But an outlet of the fast food giant in a region with a significant population of said religious group was already selling an invented alternative that beat the Hulaburger hands down. Which was why the alternative was adopted later. • What is the alternative? • What was the principal ingredient of the Hulaburger, which atleast on the QM’s opinion(the right one) caused it’s downfall?
  36. 36. • Filet O Fish. The original Hulaburger contained pineapples. Which do not go on junk food.
  37. 37. 10. As found by plastic surgeon Dr David Song of UCMC, X uses less _______ than Y. This seems to overturn what popular adage? X Y Platysma (2 _______) Zygomaticus major (2 _______) Orbicularis oculi (2 _______) Orbicularis oculi (2 _______) Corrugator supercilii (2 _______) Levator labii superioris (2 _______) Procerus (1 ______) Levator anguli oris (2 _______) Orbicularis oris (1 ______) Risorius (2 _______) Mentalis (1 ______) Zygomaticus minor (2 _______) Depressor anguli oris (2 _______) 11 _______ total 12 _______ total
  38. 38. • Smiling uses lesser muscles than frowning 
  39. 39. 11. • What specific reason did Carl Freidrich Gauss give for discouraging his children from picking up a career in mathematics?
  40. 40. • Because he was afraid that they will not turn out to be as good as he was and therefore will tarnish his family name.
  41. 41. 12. • Upon correcting the mispronunciation of gigawatts as jigawatts by the host of a comedy club in Seattle called “Almost Live”, who received the future name of his TV show in the form of the following retort: “Who do you think you are, ____ ___ ___ _______ ___?”?
  42. 42. 13. Quartz.com ‘s hateful rant against which recent fast-food rollout? • Stingy, soggy, and strange • “definitely among the worst breakfasts” • this stuff is just dull, flat, and stale without ever having had a chance to be fresh. • It’s not just the weird bread, dense but pore- less as a baby’s skin.
  43. 43. McDonald’s new McDosa burger
  44. 44. 14. • The JB Wetherspoons franchise has multiple pubs in London named The Moon Under Water. This title was inspired by this author’s essay of the same name, which contained his description of the perfect British pub. Which author?
  45. 45. • George Orwell.
  46. 46. 15 • White went from coconut to baby powder. Black, from licorice to a smell like a leather jacket. Peach, from an apricot scent to a smell like lumber. • "One kid told us he loves the scent of fresh lumber and always asks his dad to take him to the hardware store," Ms. Horner, a spokesperson for the company said. • And brown, which had a chocolate scent, now smells like dirt. Dirt? "Kids love dirt," Ms. Horner said. What company that makes this beloved children’s item made these transitions? What were the parents’ complaints that prompted these changes?
  47. 47. • Crayola crayons; the parents felt that the smell of edible crayons may cause dumb kids to ingest them.
  48. 48. 16. The online version of what is this the promotion for? • Football.mp4
  49. 49. • Online Rummy, specifically Ace2three.com
  50. 50. 17 • Toy Biz v United States was a landmark court ruling that angered a lot of fans of the X-men. Because at the time, the import tariffs on dolls were higher than that of toys, the ruling came about from an appeal for reclassification of the X-men by Toy Biz in order to reduce import tariffs. The fans maintain that this ruling was the polar opposite of the struggle their characters face. What classification, that hinged on the crucial difference between a toy and a doll?
  51. 51. • They argued that the X-men weren’t human, hence as non-humans and therefore non- dolls, lower tariffs require to be paid.
  52. 52. 18 • While many gloat over the fact that India’s PSLV made a massive jump to 104 from Russia’s best at 37, it is not widely noted that 80-90 satellites could be deployed by Spaceflight Inc. ‘s free- flying secondary payload dispenser equipped with its own power, propulsion and pointing systems, if not for technical delays. It is designed to launch as a piggyback payload and, after separating from its carrier rocket, deploy as many as five satellites, each weighing up to 300 kilograms, in their desired orbits. • What is it’s called, inspired by an earthly profession similar to this dispenser’s working?
  53. 53. • SHERPA
  54. 54. WR2 : Fictional technologies
  55. 55. • It is interesting to note that the name for the female-voiced-Irish-accented AI replacement to JARVIS for Iron Man after his transformation into Vision comes from the term meaning one’s go-to, right-hand man, which in turn has it’s origins from a Daniel Defoe novel. ID the name.
  56. 56. • “X(abbr.) is something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't let us see, because we think that it's X(expanded).... The brain just edits it out, it's like a blind spot. If you look at it directly you won't see it unless you know precisely what it is. Your only hope is to catch it by surprise out of the corner of your eye. X can be run for over a hundred years on a single torch battery.”
  57. 57. • V'ger is a superintelligent sentient vessel surrounded by an immense energy cloud. X, at the heart of V’ger, was provided with sentience and said energy cloud, by a race of living machines in order to help it complete what the latter interpreted to be its primary programming: "learn all that is learnable," and return that knowledge to its creator. Which explains why the crew of the USS Enterprise rendezvous with the ship 55 hours away from Earth. What is X?
  58. 58. • Exchange sheets.
  59. 59. • It is interesting to note that the name for the female-voiced-Irish-accented AI replacement to JARVIS for Iron Man after his transformation into Vision comes from the female equivalent to a term meaning one’s go- to, right-hand man, which in turn has it’s origins to a Daniel Defoe novel. ID the name.
  60. 60. • FRIDAY, from girl Friday, from Man Friday.
  61. 61. • X(abbr.) is something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't let us see, because we think that it's X(expanded).... The brain just edits it out, it's like a blind spot. If you look at it directly you won't see it unless you know precisely what it is. Your only hope is to catch it by surprise out of the corner of your eye. X can be run for over a hundred years on a single torch battery.
  62. 62. • Somebody Else’s problem.
  63. 63. • V'ger is a superintelligent sentient vessel surrounded by an immense energy cloud. X, at the heart of V’ger, was provided with sentience and said energy cloud, by a race of living machines in order to help it complete what the latter interpreted to be its primary programming: "learn all that is learnable," and return that knowledge to its creator. Which explains why the crew of the USS Enterprise rendezvous with the ship 55 hours away from Earth. What is X?
  64. 64. • Voyager. Here the Voyager in question is a fictional Voyager 6 probe.
  65. 65. • ID this advanced lie detector, which, apart from using iris contractions to tell if someone is lying, also tells the presence of invisible airborne particles. If the questions for this polygraph are engineered to evoke empathy, people of which profession use this?
  66. 66. • The Voight-Kampff machine, used by Blade Runners.
  67. 67. Anticlockwise Bounce and Pounce, +10 each
  68. 68. 19 • The headquarters of this office in Kyoto was blessed by a rainbow a few hours after the death of this individual. Who? Fans have taken to calling this rainbow, the “_______ ____ to Heaven”. FITB.
  69. 69. • Satouru Iwata, the Rainbow Road to Heaven
  70. 70. 20 • When NineBot Inc, a Chinese company, began to manufacture those atrocious hoverboards and sell them in the US, Segway Inc. stepped in to complain that it holds patents which give it exclusive rights to sell self-balancing scooters in the United States. How did NineBot resolve this issue?
  71. 71. • It went ahead and straight-up bought the Segway corporation.
  72. 72. 21 • One of South Africa’s most popular fast food items, the bunny chow, contrary to what the name implies, does not contain any rabbits. Who, then, are responsible for it’s name?
  73. 73. • Baniye.
  74. 74. 22. • In a practice probably derived from the L sign for Learning drivers, Japanese car owners have taken this sticker concept to another level with the Wakaba mark for Shoshinsha and the Koreisha mark for Koreisha. What are these marks minimalist illustrations of? If you get Part 1, Shoshinsha and Koreisha are what subsections of the driving Japanese public?
  75. 75. • They use leaves; green to represent the young and inexperienced drivers, and autumn colours to represent the aging population that is slowly losing competence.
  76. 76. 23. What is this interactive billboard from Mazda counting?
  77. 77. • The number of heads turned to look at the billboard.
  78. 78. 24. Put funda • What differentiates prehistoric Olduvan tools (first found in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania) from Acheulean tools (first found in Saint- Acheul, France)?
  79. 79. • The Acheulean tools are the first tools to have been “designed” by early man, so to speak. Olduvian tools were merely stones and sticks that were already and conveniently tool- shaped.
  80. 80. 25. • Upon disputing charges levied by this shady website as it did not offer the experience it promised (male users were always connected to bots instead of female users), which website replied with this threat?
  81. 81. • Ashleymadison.com, which is a dating site for people actively looking for an extramarital affair.
  82. 82. 26. • The new X Y Z, for example, will be able to absorb grenades and some rockets, while also being equipped with technology to help the aircraft avoid radar detection, as well as other features to help it evade missiles. • The plane will also feature a working operating theater in case of emergency surgery, as well as foods in storage capable of feeding 2,000 people, Nineteen televisions, in addition to the capability to refuel mid-air.
  83. 83. • Air India one.
  84. 84. 27 • The robes of this monk part of an offshoot of Francisian Friars in the Catholic Church gave rise to the names of : • 1) A much-loved beverage, and 2) The common name of a primate. Identify both.
  85. 85. Cappucino, and the Capuchin monkey.
  86. 86. 28 In 1963, who asked Reverend Peter Bernard Pereira to relocate a small church dedicated to St Mary Magdalene in a town The Better India describes as “A quintessential Kerala fishing hamlet with thatched huts, coconut groves and peaceful sea”? Why was this done?
  87. 87. • Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, for the first APACHE launch by India from Thumba.
  88. 88. 29 • To combat drop-out rates in Maharashtra State-board schools, teachers are required to partake in what activity every day, starting next year? Apart from this activity, they are also required to upload their names and aadhar numbers to the SARAL system hosting Maharashtra’s educational database.
  89. 89. They are instructed to take a selfie with their students.
  90. 90. 30. Which scientific law-maker’s invention is being tested in this wonderful painting by Joseph Derby?
  91. 91. • Robert Boyle’s air pump.
  92. 92. 31. Celaenia excavata is a species of spider that escapes detection from predators by doing no more than sitting motionless. What is it’s name?
  93. 93. • Bird dropping spider.
  94. 94. 32 • Housed in an RCC structure in Khwairamband Bazar of Imphal, what unique establishment dating from the 16th century, which may be the largest one of it’s kind in Asia, resulted due to the enforcement of the Lallup-Kaba, an ancient forced labour system in Manipur that sent away the men of the Meitei community to cultivate faraway lands and fight wars?
  95. 95. • Asia’s largest, oldest and possibly only all- female market. Every one of the 4000 shops in the region is operated by women.
  96. 96. 33. Designed by IISc students, what astronomical formation usually found around a massive object is being depicted? What analogy is being described by the Sohrai-style painting to explain the same?
  97. 97. The formation of accretion disks around a black hole, and the migration of families from rural to urban lifestyles.
  98. 98. 34: Who? • While it has not been accepted just yet, this person recently received the nomination to join the board of Directors of Starbucks. Starbucks said X was put forward for X’s “invaluable insight in international operations and distribution” and, of course, a potential to strengthen the company’s tech focus.
  99. 99. • Satya Nadella.
  100. 100. 35: • The app Trigger works in a similar way to IFTTT, but geared towards finances. The examples to the right display how it works. • What new trigger added recently by the app have I blanked out?
  101. 101. • Trump’s tweets.
  102. 102. 36: Seen in the next few slides is the top five elements of a list in descending order, put together by Nerdist.com. What is this a list of?
  103. 103. • Most painful legos to step on.
  104. 104. WR3:Fictional fields of science
  105. 105. • In the Civil War comic series, Mr Fantastic double- checks his support for the Superhuman Registration Act by having his math checked out by the Mad Thinker. Mr Reed says that the de- fictionalized a field of science from a novel he read as a child, but as it’s the Marvel Universe, it is still fictional to us. ID the field and the In- universe fictional work.
  106. 106. This eventually gave way to which field of mathematics?
  107. 107. • What otherwise elective field of study was made compulsory by Lord Voldemort when he assumed control of the Ministry of Magic, and by extension Hogwarts? In what indirect way was he involved in teaching that subject?
  108. 108. TVTropes.org’s rant on which fictional science found across media? • With this [existing scientific field a keyword fit into the front], you can fiddle with DNA wherever you like, intentionally or accidentally, and all the cells will change overnight (if that). Just wake up and presto! Wings! Fur! Gills! Hulking muscles! Giant brain! Stem cells! You don't even have to eat the equivalent of your entire body mass to create all those new body parts; the old cells and the new ones are just cobbled together like X. That part is usually Hand Waved if not lampshaded.
  109. 109. Exchange sheets
  110. 110. • In the Civil War comic series, Mr Fantastic double- checks his support for the Superhuman Registration Act by having his math checked out by the Mad Thinker. Mr Reed says that the de- fictionalized a field of science from a novel he read as a child, but as it’s the Marvel Universe, it is still fictional to us. ID the field and the In- universe fictional work.
  111. 111. • Psychohistory, from Asimov’s Foundation
  112. 112. This eventually gave way to which field of mathematics?
  113. 113. Bistromathics
  114. 114. • What otherwise elective field of study was made compulsory by Lord Voldemort when he assumed control of the Ministry of Magic, and by extension Hogwarts? In what indirect way was he involved in teaching that subject?
  115. 115. • Muggle Studies
  116. 116. TVTropes.org’s rant on which fictional science found across media? • With this [existing scientific field a keyword fit into the front], you can fiddle with DNA wherever you like, intentionally or accidentally, and all the cells will change overnight (if that). Just wake up and presto! Wings! Fur! Gills! Hulking muscles! Giant brain! Stem cells! You don't even have to eat the equivalent of your entire body mass to create all those new body parts; the old cells and the new ones are just cobbled together like X. That part is usually Hand Waved if not lampshaded.
  117. 117. • LEGO Genetics
  118. 118. Fin

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