Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 25-4-12: Blue Genes

25th April, 2018

Right … we’ve officially got water problems.

Just so you know!

Apparently?   There’s a burst main in the Queens Road area: that, according to the nice young man I spoke to at Essex and Suffolk Water.

Quite when it’ll be fixed?   He couldn’t say.

But at least something’s happening.


Can I make a confession?

I shop in Sainsbury’s: and use their self service checkouts.

I filmed this, whilst I was there, yesterday … 

Notice that?   The little demo video that tells us where any change — in notes — will be, is showing dollars.


I’m in the UK.

Where we don’t use the US currency.

And in Brentwood, where we don’t have many US tourists.

Sainsbury should persuade the manufacturer to do a little editing!


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Trevor*, Olga† and Debbi‡ putting in comments: gently pointing out I’d managed to post yesterday’s answers … in yesterday’s post!

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

WITHOUT giving the answers away!

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 25th April saw the publication of Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid: the paper that described DNA.   It was published on 25th April of which year of the 1950s?
Q2) Which scientific journal published the piece?
Q3) Name either of the scientists who published it.
Q4) The pair did their studies at the Cavendish Lab.   Where is that lab: Oxford University, Cambridge University or Harvard University?
Q5) The paper was about the structure of DNA.   That structure is a what: double helix, triple tetrahedron or quadruple cones?
Q6) DNA is made up of four different nucleotides.   Name any one — one — of the four letters that symbolise the common nucleotides in human DNA.
Q7) DNA is fundamental to genetics. Genetics is a field of what: chemistry, physic or biology?
Q8) DNA makes up a molecule that forms the basis of genetics.   That molecule is which ‘C’?
Q9) Genetics was first written about by Gre gor Mendel.   Who used which vegetables as the basis of his work: garden peas, runner beans or savoy cabbages?
Q10) Finally … One application of the discovery of DNA’s structuring is DNA profiling.   ALSO called DNA … what?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers, again! 

Q1) Das Ich und das Es was published: on 24th April, 1923.   The paper was a prominent one by which Austrian doctor?
A1) Dr Sigmund Freud.
Q2) Ten years later, 24th April, 1933, saw Germany’s Nazi regime close the offices of the Watchtower Society.   The marked the start of the Nazi persecution of whom: Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses or Freemasons?
Q3) A siege of The West German embassy in Stockholm ended, badly: on 24th April, 1975.   The siege had been by a group of which terrorists: the Irish Republican Army, the Baader Meinhof Gang/Ref Army Faction or the Mau Mau?
Q4) The Hubble Space Telescope was launched on 24th April, 1990.   It’s named for Edwin Hubble, a noted what: astrologer, astronomer or cheese-wright?
Q5) Finally … 24th April, 1954, saw British authorities arrest several thousand men: in a crack down on the Mau Mau.   In which African nation?
A5) Kenya.
Here’s a thought …
 “We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest.”
From Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid.
And a song …

Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day.

*        Yeah … I have to admit, Trevor, that WAS a bit of a mess!   Today’s a little better!

†        Yeah, sorry, Olga, that WAS a bit of a mess!   I can only hope the Book Fair went better than the Teaser!   I can only hope my head’s a bit more together!

‡        It’s the interests of fairness, Debbi, I didn’t want you missing out … um … 


Nik Nak said...

Oh, I’m not panicking, Debbi, just looking embarrassed … 

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1953
Q2) Nature
Q3) Francis Crick
Q4) Cambridge University
Q5) Double helix
Q6) A
Q7) Biology
Q8) Chromosome
Q9) Garden peas
Q10) DNA fingerprinting, DNA testing…
I enjoyed the day and as I only had books in English and we weren't in a very good spot so I wasn't surprised I didn't sell much, but the authors selling children's books did quite well (we were close to a school).

Debbi said...

Heh heh! :) What is with the American dollars on that machine? Clearly, it was made in the U.S. But, what is it doing there?

1. 1953
2. Nature
3. Francis Crick and James D. Watson
4. Cambridge University
5. double helix
6. A
7. biology
8. carbon
9. garden peas
10. testing