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Friday - - Mind Games -

Each of th­ese is a quiz ques­tion in its own right, but the an­swers con­nect to a common theme, which could be any­thing from plumb straight­for­ward to bizarrely lat­eral



3 Me­gadeath, a word that in­spired the name of an Amer­i­can thrash metal band, is a term for one mil­lion deaths in what kind of mil­i­tary con­flict? What two-word term de­scribes a de­lib­er­ate ter­ror­ist at­tempt to cause wide­spread vi­ral dis­ease such as small pox or ebola? A hy­po­thet­i­cal agent that pos­sesses in­tel­li­gence far sur­pass­ing that of the bright­est and most gifted hu­man minds, ei­ther by fur­ther evo­lu­tion of the hu­man mind, or su­per­com­put­ers ac­quir­ing the fac­ulty of rea­son­ing and de­duc­tion, or a

4 com­bi­na­tion of the two (such as a hu­man mind be­ing up­loaded into a com­puter), is called what? What is the sci­ence of ma­nip­u­la­tion of

5 mat­ter on an atomic, molec­u­lar, and supramolec­u­lar scale called? As op­posed to Don­ald Rums­feld’s (left) ‘known knowns’ what two-word term is ap­plied to the most un­set­tling pos­si­bil­ity that there is some­thing out there that is very deadly (such as an ex­trater­res­trial pres­ence), and we have no clue about it?

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