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What is the national soft drink of Peru?
Inca Kola is a hugely popular and altogether iconic beverage in Peru. The yellowy, sweet, carbonated soft drink—often described as bubblegum in a bottle—doesn't have the sophistication of other national treasures such as pisco and ceviche, but it's just as much a part of the national identity. He is a source of national pride and patriotism in Peru, a national icon. Inca Kola is sold in bottles and with an Inca motif.
Coconut water can be used as...
Blood plasma. The story of coconut water being similar to human blood plasma originated during World War II when British and Japanese patients were given coconut water intravenously in an emergency because saline was unavailable. Since then, this rehydration technique has been used only for short-term emergency situations in remote locations where plasma is not available.
What is the Brazilian island, Ilha da Queimada Grande, known for?
It is the home of the venomous snakes. Ilha de Queimada Grande is the only home of one of the world’s deadliest and most endangered snakes, golden lancehead vipers. These vipers’ venom can kill a person very quick hence the Brazilian government strictly controls visits to the island.
Which Indian state was previously a kingdom, ruled by Palden Thondup Namgyal and his American wife Hope Cooke, before its annexation to India in 1975?
Sikkim. The Kingdom of Sikkim was a hereditary monarchy from 1642 to 1975 in the Eastern Himalayas. It was ruled by Chogyals (kings) of the Namgyal dynasty. Its 12th and the last king was Palden Thondup Namgyal who married Hope Cooke, which brought worldwide media attention to Sikkim. In 1975, as the result of a referendum, Sikkim became a state of India and the monarchy was abolished.
To whom does the .tv internet domain belong?
Country of Tuvalu. The domain name is popular, and thus economically valuable, because it is an abbreviation of the word television. The domain is managed by VeriSign company, which signed the contract with the Government of Tuvalu.
Where is the "Warm Breeze"?
Inside the Solar System. Warm Breeze is a component of interstellar gas flowing into the interior of the Solar System. In 2014, scientists from the USA, Switzerland and Poland, analyzing data obtained by IBEX, discovered a previously unknown stream of atoms, which is filled with rare and partially ionized matter at a temperature of about 7500 K.
According to the U.S. Supreme Court (2013), what cannot be patented?
Genes. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 held that human DNA was a "product of nature", a basic tool of scientific and technological work, thereby placing it beyond the domain of patent protection. It struck down patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc, a Utah company, on two genes linked to a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The ruling represents a major shift in the law, overturning three decades of patent awards by the US government and could have a profound effect on the biotechnology and drug industry.
What country has got the most permanent research stations in Antarctica?
Argentina maintains the most permanent polar stations - 6, Chile - 5, Russia - 5.
In which sport the final match result may be 10 - 1?
Basketball. It is not possible to get a single point in American Football. In beach volleyball and table tennis, the sets are finished when 21 (volleyball) and 11 (table tennis) points are reached.