General Knowledge Quiz – 19 (Based on KBC)

Q.1 Which ancient king got the title of Ashwamedha-Parakramah after performing the ‘Ashwamedha Yajna’?

Q.2 Which of these personalities has been often referred to as the ‘poorest chief minister in India’ by many newspapers?

Q.3 What is your relation with your grandmother’s granddaughter?

Q.4 In which of these movies is Salman Khan not called Prem?

Q.5 According to Indian science and technology what are Kamini, Purnima and Zerlina?

Q.6 Complete this road safety slogan ___ ___ durgatna ghati.

Q.7 In which of these places can you take part in an elaborate Ganga Arti?

Q.8 Which is the longest westward flowing river of India?

Q.9 In which county was the Chikungunia virus first detected in the 1950s?

Q.10 Which of these features are you most likely to find in electronic equipments?

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32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow

( Source : “NYTimes” portal)

You need a lot of water to put out a sizable blaze, and the chemicals used in fire extinguishers can be toxic (halons, the most effective chemical fire suppressant, create holes in the ozone layer). So the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Pentagon has developed a hand-held wand that snuffs out fires, without chemicals. According to the program’s manager, Dr. Matt Goodman, an electric field destabilizes the flame’s underlying structure rather than blanketing the fire to smother it. Eventually, the technology could be used to create escape routes or extinguish fires without damaging sensitive equipment nearby. Nathaniel Penn
Frozen food may soon be on par with anything you can get at a three-star restaurant. Sous vide — a process in which food is heated over a very long period in a low-temperature water bath — has been used in high-end restaurants for more than a decade. (Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud were early proponents.) But the once-rarefied technique is becoming mass market. Cuisine Solutions, the company that pioneered sous vide (Keller hired it to train his chefs), now supplies food to grocery stores and the U.S. military. Your local Costco or Wegmans may sell perfectly cooked sous vide lamb shanks, osso buco or turkey roulade. Unlike most meals in the freezer aisle, sous vide food can be reheated in a pot of boiling water and still taste as if it were just prepared. And because sous vide makes it almost impossible to overcook food, it’s perfect for the home cook. Fortunately, sous vide machines are becoming more affordable. “It’s like the microwave was 30 years ago,” Keller says. Michael Ruhlman
It’s depressing to think how much food packaging there is in your kitchen right now — all those juice cartons, water bottles and ice-cream containers. But what if you could eat them? “We’ve got to package in the same way nature does,” says a Harvard bioengineer named David Edwards. And so he has devised a way to convert foods into shell-like containers and films that he calls Wikicells. Yogurt will be encased in a strawberry pouch, for instance. You could wash and eat the packaging, like the skin of an apple, or you could toss it, like the peel of an orange, since it’s biodegradable. The newly wrapped ice cream and yogurt will be available later this month at the lab store in Paris, with juice and tea coming within the next year or two. Nathaniel Penn
Rather than spray water, fertilizer and pesticides across their fields, many industrial farms are taking a more targeted approach, using wireless soil sensors and G.P.S.-enabled equipment to determine which spots need the most attention. Soon, you’ll be able to use similar technology in your front yard. The home landscaping company Toro already has a line of consumer-grade moisture sensors that turn on the sprinkler system when your lawn is dry. It’s a good start, but Sanjay Sarma, of the Field Intelligence Lab at M.I.T., is working to produce tiny, inexpensive sensors that you scatter across your lawn by the dozens and that will track everything from bug infestations to mineral deficiencies. Then they’ll tell you what to do about it: three spritzes of pesticide to the tomato plants, stat. Howie Kah
Petting a living animal has long been known to lower blood pressure and release a flood of mood-lifting endorphins. But for various reasons — you’re at work, or you’re in a hospital, or your spouse is allergic to dogs — you can’t always have a pet around to improve your mental health. So researchers at the University of British Columbia have created something called “smart fur.” It’s weird-looking (essentially just a few inches of faux fur) but its sensors allow it to mimic the reaction of a live animal whether you give it a nervous scratch or a slow, calm rub. Creepy? Yes. But effective. Clay Risen

Researchers at Merck have created a pill called suvorexant that essentially makes you a narcoleptic for a night. It turns out that might be the best cure for insomnia. Unlike existing sleep aids, the drug (which will likely be reviewed by the F.D.A. later this year) works by turning off wakefulness rather than by inducing sleep. “There’s good reason to believe this pill brings on more R.E.M. sleep and better rest,” says Dr. Emmanuel Mignot of Stanford University. “It’ll be less of a hammer on the brain.” Howie Kahn
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