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Created by Mitch Kapor, what killer app spreadsheet was named for
the padmasana yoga position?
a. Microsoft Excel
b. Lotus 1-2-3
d. Quattro Pro
When the University of Cambridge was closed due to plague, I
retreated to Woolsthorpe, where I did some of my most important work on motion, optics and mathematics. Who am
a. Isaac Newton
b. Michael Faraday
c. John Locke
d. Thomas Hobbes
Proving you can't be a genius all the time, William Shockley
shocked folks with shocking racist theories. But he and his crew at Bell Labs also developed what invention,
which replaced vacuum tubes and changed the technological world?
b. Fiber optics
c. Particle accelerator
d. Microwave ovens
As a boy, Joseph Meister was the first person I saved from rabies.
And he in turn became caretaker of the institute named for me. Who am I?
a. Jonas Salk
b. Joseph Lister
c. Louis Pasteur
d. Bernard Christian
The ceremonial first American AMPS cellular call was made on
October 13, 1983, at Soldier's Field in Chicago, when Bob Barnett, Ameritech Mobile's president, called what
inventor's grandson in Berlin?
a. Werner Von Braun
b. Alexander Graham Bell
c. Nikola Tesla
d. Thomas Edison
Possibly because it does less damage when it hits its targets, what
less lethal metal does the Lone Ranger have his bullets made from?
What constellation would you take by the horns if you wanted to see
the Crab Nebula and such star clusters as the Hyades and the Pleiades?
d. Ursa Major
Element 106 was the first element that IUPAC named for somebody
still alive, although only after adamant Americans rejected any other compromise. Who?
a. Glenn Seaborg
b. Stephen Hawking
c. Carl Sagan
d. Ernest Lawrence
While working with a magnetron at Raytheon, Percy Spencer noticed
that its rays melted the candy bar in his pocket. What rays were these?
b. Gamma rays
d. Manta rays
Irving Kahn invented the TelePrompTer for what body, which wanted
it for presentations to Congress?
a. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
b. National Bar Association
c. US Army
What is 16, raised to the power of one half?
Found in the constellation Bootes, what third brightest star in the
night sky is mentioned twice in Job, at 9.9 and 38.32, where it is called Ash?
Roy Plunkett was working on refrigerating coolants for Du Pont when
he came across polytetrafluoroethylene. Marc Gregoire went fishing in France, and found that it helped keep
his tackle from tangling. What is it?
Brooklyn chemist Robert Chesebrough lived to be 96, crediting his
longevity to daily ingestion of which product, which he invented in 1879?
b. Corn flakes
d. Ice cream
In a famous ecology bet in 1980, economist Julian Simon bet
biologist Paul Ehrlich that the price of a portfolio of $200 of each of five mineral commodities would fall
over the next 10 years. He even let Ehrlich pick the metals - copper, chrome, nickel, tin, and tungsten. The
loser would pay the difference in the 1990 price. What happened?
a. Ehrlich paid Simon $576.07
b. Simon paid Ehrlich $576.07
c. Ehrlich paid Simon $57.60
d. Simon paid Ehrlich $57.60
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