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Pseudo Science, or The Next Frontier?
"From Copernicus and Galileo, to Einstein and Darwin, scientific visionaries have received intense criticism when they introduced revolutionary ideas. This quiz is about scientific topics that have not yet, and may never achieve broad acceptance."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Russian scientist Eugene Podkletnov claimed that experiments involving fast rotating superconductors reduced the gravitational effect. Others have tried to replicate Podkletnov's results, with no success. Which of the following did not happen after Podkletnov wrote his 1995 paper on his gravity shielding research?
The CIA offered him $3.2 million to come to work for the US
He was blocked from entering his lab at the Tempere University of Technology in Finland
His co-author disavowed knowledge of the paper
He withdrew the paper
The Great Pyramid
Many claims have been made about the Great Pyramid - which of the following theories about The Great Pyramid has not been cited in published papers and books?
The precision of the machining that was required to cut granite during the construction of the Great Pyramid (and other monuments) is difficult or impossible to duplicate today
The Great Pyramid could have been used for electric power generation
Nikola Tesla reported the Great Pyramid as the likely source of remote amplification of electromagnetic waves generated from his research lab in New York
The thickness of the courses of granite in The Great Pyramid is proportional to resonant frequencies of all elements, suggesting sophisticated harmonic coupling
One item that remains a mystery is the secret Nazi device Die Glocke - The Bell. Attributed with a variety of possible uses, including free energy, anti-gravity, and time manipulation, The Bell was supposedly the result of unique research. What belief held by Nazi leadership allegedly contributed to this unique research?
The tenets of quantum mechanics were wrong
Most advanced physics at the time was developed by Jewish scientists and therefore would not be a starting point for Nazi research
Ancient texts from Sumeria and India provided a blueprint for advanced weaponry
All of these
Red Mercury is the subject of many conjectures and hoaxes. One of the claims about Red Mercury is that it is a ballotechnic material, and as such is capable of which of the following:
It can explode with enough force to act as the trigger for a thermonuclear reaction
It ignites when configured in a specific geometry
At the molecular level is made of tightly bonded spheres
It can become a dense super-conductor at room-temperature
Zero Point Energy
In the animated movie The Incredibles, the villain Syndrome says his ray beams use 'Zero Point Energy'. What is Zero Point Energy?
The energy of the vacuum
The energy an object has when its temperature is above absolute zero
There is no such thing as Zero Point Energy - It doesn't exist
The energy of a singularity, or black hole
Scalar Field Theory
One emerging hypothesis about the source of Zero Point Energy is Scalar Field Theory. Scalar fields differ from 'normal' electromagnetic fields in that they have no direction. What is another type of scalar field?
Proponents of hyperdimensional physics claim that our universe includes more than three physical dimensions. Which of the following is not cited as 'evidence' of hyperdimensional physics?
A lack of sufficient neutrinos from the Sun
The energy output of planets such as Jupiter is greater than what they absorb
Modern military aircraft flight characteristics
Improper editing of Maxwell's equations
We still don't know where the moon originated - the prevailing theories all have significant shortcomings. What known phenomenon is cited as possible evidence that the moon was created artificially?
The mass and density of the moon is much lower that expected
Electromagnetic transmissions received by NASA
Alien ruins found by the Apollo astronauts
Radar imaging results
Some have theorized that altered states of consciousness are actually the brain retuning itself to tap into a different form of reality. Which of the following is not cited as evidence for this theory?
Cave drawings in different parts of the world
The commonality of experience across geographies and cultures
EKG monitoring during trance states
The emergence of common aspects of civilization among human ancestors at approximately the same time in history
Planetary scientists are becoming more precise in their classification of celestial bodies. The downgrading of Pluto as a planet is a recent famous example. Where do scientists believe that we may find undiscovered planets in our solar system?
In the far reaches of the Oort Cloud and Kuiper Belt
In highly eccentric orbits between Uranus and Pluto
Just beyond the orbit of Pluto
Very close to the Sun - so close they are shielded by the Sun's light
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