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Science Current Affairs Quiz - December 2017

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1. Government launched Noxeno, a nasal foreign body removal device developed by start-up InnAccel Technologies, under Biodesign program. Noxeno is first dedicated tool for anterior NFB (__________) removal that allows doctors in any setting to quickly and safely remove objects that people (mostly children aged 2 to 10 years) put into their noses ?

Nasal foreign body
Native foreign body
Nasal fuel body
Naturally frozen body
None of These


2. ___________ scientists of University of New South Wales (UNSW) discovered a new species of marsupial lion which has been extinct for at least 19 million years. Named Wakaleo schouteni, it was a predator about the size of a border collie dog ?

American
British
Australian
Russian
None of These


3. California Institute of Technology (_______________) scientists made world’s smallest recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, through a technique dubbed as DNA origami. Scientists folded DNA into desired self-assembling structures using 64 tiles, which were 100 nanometers wide. ?

UK
Russia
Spain
USA
None of These


4. India has been declared free from infective __________ which is a contagious bacterial infection of the eye, that causes inflamed granulation on inner surface of lids ?

Hepatitis - B
Hepatitis - C
Rabies
Polio
Trachoma


5. NASA will launch SuperTIGER Balloon in Antarctica, to study heavy cosmic particles, collect information on cosmic rays that enter Earth’s atmosphere every day.

  1. SuperTIGER stands for ______________ and is balloon-borne instrument to study rare heavy nuclei, which hold clues about where and how cosmic rays attain speeds up to nearly the speed of light.
Super Trans-Iron Genetic Element Recorder
Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Rider
Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder
Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Radar
None of These


6. Paleontologists from ____________ Academy of Sciencesdiscovered approx 300 fossilised eggs of Pterosaurs, a group of extinct winged dinosaur. It is world’s first such mass dinasaur egg discovery ?

Chinese
British
Russian
Frensch
None of These


7. Researchers from University of California and University of Illinois (____________) confirmed existence of new form of matter called excitonium, made up of excitons and exhibits macroscopic quantum phenomena just like a superconductor.

  1. Technique called momentum-resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy (M-EELS) was used by researchers to prove existence of excitonium
UK
US
Russia
Bolivia
None of These


8. World’s heaviest bony fish ever caught weighing 2,300 kilograms has been identified in __________, confirmed by researchers from Hiroshima University. Bony fish have skeletons made of bone rather than cartilage ?

Japan
China
Vietnam
Myanmar
None of These


9. ______________'s Three Gorges Corp. started building world’s biggest floating solar power plant in Anhui Province, expected to be launched by May 2018 ?

China
Japan
Russia
Vietnam
None of These


10. Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (_____________) found a novel way to induce plants to give off dim light by embedding specialised nanoparticles into their leaves.

  1. It has great significance as it will make plants function as a desk lamp, powered by energy metabolism of the plant itself and not by electricity connection.
  2. To create glowing plants, scientists has used to luciferase, an enzyme that gives fireflies their glow. Luciferase acts on molecule called luciferin, causing it to emit light.
Spain
Russia
UK
USA
None of These


11. Mainstream space agencies in world proposed creation of a climate observatory to combine acquired data and share it with scientists around globe, during One Planet Summit in Paris (_____________).

Denmark
Poland
Russia
France
None of These


12. _____________'s NASA discovered 8th planet in Our Solar System, circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star which is 2545 light-years far from Earth. Newly-discovered planet Kepler-90i was discovered in data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, using Machine Learning from Google. ?

UK
USA
Russia
France
None of These


13. _______________ based National High Magnetic Field Laboratory tested world’s strongest superconducting magnet 32 T, producing 32 teslas (a unit of magnetic field strength), 33% stronger than previous record.

  1. 32 T will allow physicists studying materials to explore how electrons interact with each other and their atomic environment.
France
Spain
Russia
UK
USA


14. ___________ based SpaceX for first time ever has successfully launched used Dragon spacecraft with a used Falcon 9 rocket, as part of resupply mission to International Space Station (ISS). It was SpaceX’s 13th of 20 Missions under a $1.6 billion contract with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

USA
Spain
Japan
Vietnam
None of These


15. Scientists from Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) discovered new frog species in the fast flowing streams in Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) in Lower Subansiri district of _________________. It is named Odorrana arunachalensis.

Assam
Nagaland
Mizoram
Arunachal Pradesh
None of These


16. _________ developed world’s smallest 8-gigabit DRAM chip, with improved energy efficiency and data processing performance. In these chips, only 1 transistor and a capacitor are required per bit, compared to 4 to 6 in SRAM.

Microsoft
Intel
Samsung
Facebook
None of These


17. Scientists discovered new scorpion species named Schaller’s wood scorpion (Liocheles schalleri) from at Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary (__________________). It has been named in honour of celebrated wildlife biologist George Schaller who has studied wildlife across world.

Mizoram
Tripura
Meghalaya
Nagaland
None of These


18. A new LIGO (_________________________) gravitational wave detector will be built in India by 2025 (world's 3rd after 2 in USA).

  1. In 2016, LIGO detectors discovered gravitational waves produced by two giant merging blackholes. LIGO detector in India will help to pinpoint origin of gravitational waves that are detected in future.
Laser International Gravitational-Wave Observatory
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
Laser Internal Gravitational-Wave Observatory
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-World Observatory
None of These


19.________________ ’s AG600n (also known as Kunlong), world’s largest amphibious aircraft took off its first flight from Zhuhai City. It has huge wingspan of 38.8 metres and can land and take off from water.

Myanmar
Vietnam
Japan
China
None of These


20. Scientists from University of Michigan (_________________________) developed a new type of neural network chip using reservoir computing system to improve efficiency of teaching machines to think like humans.

  1. Network developed using this system can predict words before they are said during conversation and help predict future outcomes based on present.
USA
UK
Russia
Japan
None of These


21. ___________ Researchers discovered a new water-adapted species of spiders named ‘Desis bobmarleyi’ in Queensland, named after noted singer and songwriter Bob Marley.

Australian
Russian
German
French
None of These


22. New species of blind fish “Schistura larketensis” has been discovered in East Jaintia Hills district of __________________. The fish had lost its pigments and eye sight after living in darkness of the cave.

Mizoram
Meghalaya
Nagaland
Tripura
None of These


23. 2 new ant species Tetramorium krishnani and Tetramorium jarawa discovered in islands of ______________, named after late scientist K.S. Krishnan of NCBS, and Jarawas – indigenous people of ______.

Nicobar
Puducherry
Lakshadweep
Andaman
None of These


24. Botanical Survey of India (BSI) scientists discovered two new species of Ginger - Hedychium chingmeianum (Nagaland) and Caulokaempferia dinabandhuensis (____________).

Mizoram
Nagaland
Tripura
Meghalaya
Manipur


25. _______________ launched world’s largest human genome research project to document genetic makeup of 1 lakh people, to detect genetic links between health and sickness and use that information to generate precision medicines for future.

Japan
Vietnam
China
Russia
None of These


26. __________tested its first photovoltaic (solar) highway in Shandong province, becoming 2nd country (after France) to construct a photovoltaic highway.

  1. This photovoltaic highway is constructed using solar panels with thin sheet of transparent concrete on top of them.
  2. The photovoltaic panels of the highway are built to transfer energy to electric vehicles passing on top of them.
  3. Tested 1 KM segment of solar highway can generate 817.2 KW of electricity and can generate 1 million KW hours of electricity yearly.
China
Japan
Vietnam
Myanmar
None of These


27. ___________ will build a Martian village (simulating environmental conditions on Mars) in Qinghai Province, in red rock area of the Qaidam basin in western Qinghai.

Japan
China
Vietnam
Myanmar
None of These


28. Scientists discovered new species of frog named Mewa Singh’s night frog (Nyctibatrachus mewasinghi) in Kozhikode’s Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary, ____________ in Western Ghats.

Karnataka
Telangana
Kerala
Andhra Pradesh
None of These




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