General Knowledge Quiz – 43

Q.1 Karakoram pass is located in J & K. It connects India to ………

Q.2 Who will be conferred with the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015?

Q.3 Which is the best picture award winner at the 88th annual Academy Awards 2016?

Q.4 What is the campaign theme of 2016 International women’s day?

Q.5 Which King had gifted the Valuable Kohinoor diamond to the British and later it was petitioned to claim the Kohinoor Diamond ?

Q.6 When is the National Safety Day observed in India?

Q.7 March 15 is celebrated across the world as?

Q.8 The idea of Indian National Army(INA) was first conceived in Malaya by whom?

Q.9 Which of the following statements is NOT correct?

Q.10 Who has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Romania?

Feed Your Brain

Q. Why can owls turn their heads so far?
A. Because they hunt in near darkness. To capture more light, owls have evolved very large eyes with a tubular shape that prevents movements inside their head, so they have to swivel their whole head instead. Extra bones in their necks increase flexibility, allowing them to turn their necks through 270o. This is enough to look behind without making a noise that might scare off potential prey.

Q. Will robots be doing all our jobs in the future?
A. Robots will certainly do many of our jobs in the future. There are already robots, including the commercially available PR2 by Willow Garage, that can perform tasks like making cookies, folding towels and serving drinks. it may not sound all the exciting but they’re considerable robotic feats compared to the predictable, repetitive world of the factory production line.
It’s hard to envisage tasks that bots will never accomplish, but the long-term challenge is achieving human-like physical agility and adaptability.

Robots are getting better at many specific tasks but general-purpose intelligent artificial beings are still way off, and may never be produced. It reminds us that the human condition is special and impossible to replicate fully.

Q. Why can’t we see clearly underwater without wearing goggles?
A. In air, light is refracted as it passes though the cornea at the front of the eye, and then again as it travels through the lens. The lens is mainly there to provide fine adjustment because the cornea is fixed; in fact, two-thirds of the focusing power of the eye is supplied by the cornea.
Underwater, however, the refractive index of the cornea is virtually the same as the water in front of it, and so it loses almost all of its focusing power. The lens has a higher refractive index but it can’t compensate enough, so you become extremely longsighted.
If you’re shortsighted, the effect is diminished enough to eliminate it completely.

Goggles or a mask restore focus by putting air in front of the cornea. Light is still refracted when it enters the goggles but, as the glass or plastic is flat, it doesn’t change but only makes things look larger and nearer.

Q. Which animal has the biggest brain?
A. The sperm whale with its 8kg (18.6Ib) brain. An elephant’s weighs around 5kg (11Ib), a bottlenose dolphin’s is 1.5-1.7kg (3.3-3.7Ib) and a human’s is 1.3-1.5kg (2.9-3.3Ib). But although brain size correlates with intelligence, neither absolute size nor size relative to the body predicts an animal’s intelligence. Some crows and African grey parrots are very intelligent but have tiny brains around 6g and 9g (0.2 and 0.3oz) respectively.

Q. Will future telescopes enable us to see the Big Bang?
A. The Big Bang took place around 13.7 billion years ago, and since then the Universe has been expanding. As a result, not only is the light from events back then incredibly faint, it’s also been stretched by the cosmic expansion to even longer wavelengths, putting it forever beyond detection by conventional light telescopes


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