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2011/12.2, December 21 -- Santa Speaks Up, Top Ten Ripples, Sizing Up the Situation and more

December 21, 2011 WATERSHAPES.COM
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Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the four questions below.

1. NASA has announced it will rent out, on a part-time basis, its Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, an enormous astronaut-training pool, to Petrofac Training Services. The global oil services company will use the facility to train oil and gas workers in offshore survival techniques. How much money does NASA expect to earn from the deal?

a. $1 million per year c. $1 million over the next 10 years
b. $1 million over the next five years d. $1 per year (a token fee)

2. Federal officials are investigating whether a foreign-based cyber attack took place against an Illinois water utility in November. Early indications are that the alleged attack may have been launched from a computer in which country?

a. China b. Vietnam c. Russia d. France

3. The magazine Christian Century reported in mid-November that a growing number of Southern Baptists are making a pilgrimage to, and swimming in, the lake on whose shores John Calvin presided over his religious flock. The lake is:

a. Lake Como (Italy) c. Lake Champlain (U.S. and Canada)
b. Lake Geneva (Switzerland) d. Loch Ness (Scotland)

4. The Czech government and the European Union are providing large subsidies for constructing ponds on private land in the Czech Republic. Why?

a. To reduce the damage caused by floods in the country.
b. To give habitats to birds migrating from Europe to Africa and back.
c. To convince Czech voters to support joining the EU.
d. To create more jobs for the country’s manual laborers.

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