Time to test your memory (Picture: Getty/SWNS)
It’s Saturday science quiz time, picking out some of the quirkiest stories from science and tech this week.
Weird how, you ask? Well what about a study into the evolution of, erm, self-love that found our ancestors were engaging in a little ‘me time’ 40million years ago?
And those energy drinks linked to obesity, high blood pressure and cardiovascular issues? Well it turns out one of the ingredients may also slow ageing.
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In out-of-this-world news, a former US intelligence officer has alleged that the US government has been hiding physical evidence of ‘intact and partially intact’ alien vehicles – while in China a company has built a flying saucer for humans.
At the moment it can only fly for about 15 minutes, so you won’t be commuting to work in one for a few years yet – but when you do, look out, because the boss might also be reading your mind.
Read on to test your knowledge of the week’s news, and let us know your score in the comments.
Iani smithi, a new dinosaur found in Utah (Picture: Jorge Gonzalez/SWNS)
1. A new dinosaur, Iani smithi, has been discovered in Utah – but how long ago did it live?
a) 65million years ago
b) 99 million years ago
c) 126million years ago
d) 150 million years ago
Winston Churchill was a fan of animals (Picture: Fox Photos/Getty)
2. A species long extinct in Britain that was a favourite of Winston Churchill has been spotted again. What is it?
a) The Dalmatian pelican
b) The European pond turtle
c) The black-veined white butterfly
d) The Eurasian lynx
A crocodile in Costa Rica has made a splash (Picture: Getty)
3. A crocodile from Costa Rica has done something pretty special. What was it?
a) She made herself pregnant, having never lived with a mate
b) Survived two weeks in swimming pool after falling in and getting trapped
c) Grew another tail after losing hers in a fight
d) Swam across the entire Atlantic, giving holiday makers in Morocco a fright when walking up the beach
Turbulence costs the airline industry more than £120million a year (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
4. Bad news for nervous flyers – turbulence is getting worse. But why?
a) Budget airlines are flying bumpier routes because it’s cheaper
b) Climate change is causing more warm air, which leads to more clear-air turbulence
c) As the number of planes in the sky increases, they’re flying closer together, causing turbulence in their wake
d) Safer, more flexible wings amplify the plane’s vertical movement
More and more people are reaching 100 (Picture: Getty/iStockphoto)
5. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen think they may have discovered the secret to living until 100. What is it?
a) Early retirement
b) A glass of red wine every day
c) A particular gut bacteria
The Apple Vision Pro (Picture: Apple/Getty)
6. Apple unveiled its long-awaited AR/VR headset this week, Vision Pro. How much will it cost when it hits the shelves next year?
1. b Iani smithi, an ornithopod, lived around 99million years ago, during the Cretaceous period
Despite releasing hundreds of black-veined whites, Churchill’s efforts failed to establish a sustainable population (Picture: TT News Agency/PA)
2. c The black-veined white butterfly, long considered extinct in Britain, has made a mysterious comeback – captivating the attention of naturalists and butterfly enthusiasts
3. a The first case of a ‘virgin birth’ in crocodiles was recorded after she laid an egg containing a foetus that was 99.9% genetically identical – helping support the theory that dinosaurs could also self-reproduce
4. b Aeroplanes are experiencing more turbulence than in previous decades because of climate change, new research has shown
5. c Researchers from the University of Copenhagen studied 176 centenarians from Japan and found they had a ‘unique’ combination of gut bacteria – unfortunately it’s not something individuals have any control over
6. c The price tag has been set at $3,499 – about £2,800
Why is a crocodile in Costa Rica so special?