The 1st Question - 13 Mar 2011 - Questions

1) Neurocinema is the method of using neurofeedback to help moviemakers’ vet and refine film elements. It doesn’t seem fair does it, but at these prices you want emotions not scenery. The term "neurocinematics" was coined in Princeton, based on an fMRI study, which found certain types of films (e.g. horror, action, sci-fi) produced high activation scores in the amygdala region, the part that controls disgust, anger, lust, and fear. So by precisely editing films to maximize amygdala excitement means success at the theater. This director, commented that more neurons are actively engaged in processing a 3-D movie than the same film seen in 2-D, becoming a very important proponent of this technology-Who is he? Which Director was the first to talk about his open use of Neurocinema for his film?

2) If you are a star you have shine all your own, like our beautiful panel does. Most people still need light and electricity which is going to get more expensive, are there any organic alternatives, besides being a natural born star? Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are promising technology but not fully organic, as small amounts of precious metals are still required. Researchers from the University of Michigan have created metal-free organic crystals that shine. The light itself comes from molecules of oxygen and carbon called “aromatic carbonyls.” which bond with halogens to maximize energy that produces this, what is it?

3) Speaking of the cost of lighting the darkness - the situation in Libya has caused a spike in fuel prices worldwide. The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Science Center (BESC) is making progress on an important gasoline replacement. Ethanol is not as high a grade of fuel as isobutanol which can be burned in regular car engines.To make biofuels cheap you need something that gets synthesized directly from cellulose & this does without modification. The U.S. Energy Secretary visited the lab to congratulate the research team, saying, "Today's announcement is yet another sign of the rapid progress we are making in developing the next generation of biofuels that can help reduce our oil dependence. " The US energy secretary’s name is?

4) We have seen dancing robots, child robots, fish robots and now, here come the pharmaceutical robots. And if this isn’t a title for a film by John Waters, I don't know what is. This university's Medical Center is starting to use them, robots are often brought in as a cost-cutting measure, to minimize the chances of patients receiving the wrong drugs. So far, it seems to be working out, of 350,000 doses of oral and injectable medication, not a single error has occurred. And yes, they are bar-coded. Next will be for the nurses to use bar code readers, to confirm that the right medication ends up going to the right person. Robots nurses don’t sound friendly for some reason though. From what university is this new way of dispensing medicine making waves?

5) The year is 1967, I’m a Believer by The Monkees is the top song of the year. In the Heat of the Night is the first detective mystery to win the Best Picture Oscar, and the first Best Picture in Academy history to feature a police officer as its central character. It was an extraordinary year. Also, in 1967 an electric car made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. While the upcoming electric Ford Focus has more than double the range and double the top speed at 84 mph, this 1967 car also from FORD, was remarkable for its day. With a top speed of 40 mph and a range of 40 miles, and that was 40 years ago. What is the name of this car well ahead of its time?


6) An American company has released what is believed to be the first of its type. Stimulation Systems is a Texas-based company specializing in 'electronic consumer products that bring pleasurable, life-enhancing solutions to the world. 'The company's first such product is a hand-held device which works by stimulating the nerve pathways (in much the same way that acupressure or acupuncture does) associated with arousal. The device attaches to the ankles via two electrode pads and sends minute electrical charges to signal sexual arousal to the pelvic region. Unlike other sexual aids, it does not bring on orgasm, but induces a pre-orgasmic state and testimonials provided by the manufacturers suggest it is very successful. What is this called?

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