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Iceland Genes

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Radioactive Reindeer

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Nordic Sagas:
Viewer Challenge Quiz


Watch Scientific American Frontiers Show 803: Nordic Sagas, and test your knowledge by answering these questions:

VIKING SHIPS
1. Vikings dominated the seas in the northern hemisphere during this era:
    a. A.D. 700 to 1000
    b. A.D. 100 to 400
    c. 700 to 200 B.C.
    d. A.D. 1000 to 1400
2. Identify three technological innovations made by Viking shipbuilders that enabled the Vikings to be such successful sailors.

ICELAND GENES
3. In this story, deCode Genetics is tracking the genes for which disease?
    a. Parkinson's
    b. macular degeneration
    c. Huntington's
    d. multiple sclerosis
4. Why is the Icelandic population ideal for genetic research?

ISLAND LIFE
6. What do people in Iceland mainly use to heat their homes?
    a. wood stoves
    b. hot water
    c. natural gas
    d. oil
5. What happened in 1986 that caused the number of new plant species on Surtsey to increase dramatically?

ISAAC AND FRIENDS
7. Who or what is Isaac?
    a. a computer
    b. a telephone
    c. a camera
    d. a GPS satellite navigator
    e. all of the above
8. How do Stig and Thomas, the two Swedish men in the story, communicate?

RADIOACTIVE REINDEER
9. What is the principal source of food for the Sami people?
    a. whale meat
    b. caribou
    c. musk ox
    d. reindeer
10. How did the lichen become contaminated?



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