Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the difference?

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Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the difference?

Postby owlice » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:11 pm

Can you determine whether an image is cellular or celestial? Each day this week (Monday, December 26-Friday, December 30), a poll with new images will appear; come back each day to learn the answers to the previous day's images and to see how everyone voted. Each new poll will start around midnight EST; you may want to bookmark this page so you can easily return.

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UPDATE
Our Cellular/Celestial quiz has ended; if you are new to this and want to try your hand, click here immediately to see the daily images rather than the answers.

Thanks to all who played along and to David Orloff of The Cell: An Image Library for coming up with the idea and the needed cellular images!

Monday's answer | Tuesday's answer | Wednesday's answer | Thursday's answer | Friday's answer
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Monday's answers, responses, and more information

Postby owlice » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:41 am

Monday
The correct response is 1 -- Image 1 is cellular, image 2 is celestial

47% selected the correct response
30% selected option 2 -- Image 1 is celestial, image 2 is cellular
8% selected option 3 -- Both images are cellular
14% selected option 4 -- Both images are celestial
1% selected option 5 -- You call that art?

The Monday image 1 is cellular; it's a mouse oocyte. Check out the comment on the image source page!
Source: http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/12628

Quiz crop:
Monday1.jpg



The Monday image 2 is celestial and is an image of our neighborhood star. More information is available at the source link.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stere ... press.html

Quiz crop:
Monday2.jpg


How did you do? 0 points, 1 point, 2? Please let us know! Comments are most welcome; please reply below. Don't forget to come back to try each day's quiz!
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Tuesday's answers, responses, and more information

Postby owlice » Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:44 am

Tuesday
The correct response is 4 -- Both images are celestial

53% selected option 1 -- Image 1 is cellular, image 2 is celestial
22% selected option 2 -- Image 1 is celestial, image 2 is cellular
10% selected option 3 -- Both images are cellular
13% selected the correct response
2% selected option 5 -- I don't know art, but I know what I like!

Tuesday's image 1 is celestial, and is of the gorgeously intriguing Tycho supernova remnant; please follow the source link for more information and images. (Seriously, go look; this is one wicked cool object!) (Totally looks like a cell, though, in the image below; heck, there's even something that could be a nucleus.)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2011/tycho/more.html

Quiz image (the same, only rotated 180°):
Tuesday1.jpg


The Tuesday image 2 is also celestial and shows the mellifluously-named E0102-72, a supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud. (Can we give it a nickname? How about "Q"?)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/snrg/

Quiz image (not even rotated! Who's posting these, anyway?!):
Tuesday2.jpg


How did you do? Give yourself one point for each image you categorized correctly. Comments are most welcome; please reply below. Remember to come back to try the Wednesday quiz!
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Wednesday's answers, responses, and more information

Postby owlice » Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:03 am

Wednesday
The correct response is 3 -- Both images are cellular

29% selected option 1 -- Image 1 is cellular, image 2 is celestial
31% selected option 2 -- Image 1 is celestial, image 2 is cellular
30% selected the correct response
10% selected option 4 -- Both images are celestial
0% selected option 5 -- What an... interesting... self-portrait

The Wednesday image 1 is cellular, and shows a cell from a vervet monkey; the source page provides more information and a handy link, too, to information about vervets.
Source: http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/13700

Original:
CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. Copyright: Pirjo M. Apaja, Haijin Xu, Gergely L. Lukacs; published: JCB 2010, 191:553-570
Quiz image (the same, no cropping or rotation):
Wednesday1.jpg


The Wednesday image 2 is cellular; this very colorful image is of a human epithelial cell.
Source: http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/12288

Original:
CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. Copyright: Azusa Hotta, Tomomi Kawakatsu, Tomoya Nakatani, Toshitaka Sato, Chiyuki Matsui, Taiko Sukezane, Tsuyoshi Akagi, Tomoki Hamaji, Ilya Grigoriev, Anna Akhmanova, Yoshimi Takai, Yuko Mimori-Kiyosue; published: J. Cell Biol. 2010. 189(5):901-917
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Did you find that easy or hard? If you have anything to share about this quiz, please reply to this thread. Thanks!
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Thursday's answers, responses, and more information

Postby owlice » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:50 pm

Thursday
The correct response is 1 -- Image 1 is cellular, image 2 is celestial

67% selected the correct response
8% selected option 2 -- Image 1 is celestial, image 2 is cellular
14% selected option 3 -- Both images are cellular
8% selected option 4 -- Both images are celestial
3% selected option 5 -- I don't understand modern art
The Thursday1 image is cellular; the green in this image is corn stunt spiroplasma, and was sampled from the midgut and trachea of a leafhopper, which is its vector. More information about this image is available at the source webpage.
Source: http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/12581

Original:
CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. Copyright: El-Desouky Ammar, Saskia A. Hogenhout
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The Thursday2 image is celestial; this is part of the mostly-well-known-among-astronomy-buffs Hanny's Voorwerp, an odd blob of gas discovered by Dutch high-school teacher Hanny van Arkel, a participant in the citizen science Galaxy Zoo project. The translation of "Voorwerp" and more information about this object can be found by following the source link below.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubbl ... ddity.html

Quiz image crop:
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Did you know one or the other? Both? Neither? Would answering have been easier had the images not been cropped? (I'm thinking... yes. Yes, it would have been easier!) You are encouraged to post your thoughts to this thread.

The answers for the Friday installment of this quiz will be posted here on Saturday.
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Friday's answers, responses, and more information

Postby owlice » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:27 pm

Friday
The correct response is 2 -- Image 1 is celestial, image 2 is cellular

6% selected option 1 -- Image 1 is cellular, image 2 is celestial
72% selected the correct response
15% selected option 3 -- Both images are cellular
7% selected option 4 -- Both images are celestial
0% selected option 5 -- Knock on the sky and listen to the sound

The Friday image 1 is celestial and was taken in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It shows a galaxy containing a quasar, and at the time this image was taken in 2005, brought to 21 the number of quasars found by Spitzer. The page at the source link contains much more information about this false-color image and the objects in it.
Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/1 ... n-the-Mist

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The Friday2 image is cellular; this interesting image is of a B lymphocyte undergoing division. A chicken B lymphocyte, which brings the number of species shown in this series to... well, never mind! Great colors, and you can read what they mean by clicking on the source link; you can also explore the rest of this 3D image by using the red scroll bar on the source page.
Source: http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/12216

Original:
CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. Z. Xu, H. Ogawa, P. Vagnarelli, J.H. Bergmann, D.F. Hudson, S. Ruchard, T. Fukagawa, W.C. Earnshaw, K. Samejima; published: J Cell Biol 187, 637-653
Quiz image crop:
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How many points did you get? (Give yourself one for each correct identification.) Please let us know your thoughts on this quiz -- including whether we should plan another -- on this thread. Thank you!

And thank you for playing, and happy new year!
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby Mike42 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 5:35 am

This is cool, and I think I have at least half the answer correct. It does look like this was from a week ago, where is the answer?

and I'm looking forward to more quiz's

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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby BarerMender » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:00 am

I don't know what you mean by "cellular or celestial."
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby agulesin » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:21 am

I think they mean: One is taken with a telescope (Hubble etc.), one with a microscope (no names, sorry!).

It just goes to show what an amazing world we live in!
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby owlice » Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:01 am

Mike42 wrote:This is cool, and I think I have at least half the answer correct. It does look like this was from a week ago, where is the answer?

and I'm looking forward to more quiz's

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This quiz runs Monday, December 26 through Friday, December 30. I created the thread on December 19 as a placeholder. This means you're just in time to participate! The answer for the December 26 entry -- today's entry -- will be posted around midnight EST.
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby tphall » Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:59 pm

#1 is Celestial- the sun?
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby Fandango » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:50 pm

#2 is the sun. #1 is a human egg?
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby Starry semanticist » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:20 pm

The quiz is a really interesting brain teaser, and I'm glad to have stumbled upon it.

An important piece of feedback, though, is that our responses should be labeled as "guesses" or "answers" rather than as "votes."
A vote is the sort of thing that establishes the winning answer based on popularity of that answer. However, in your quiz, the correct answer is already established before the photographs are posted; even if we were all to guess unanimously for a particular answer, our doing so wouldn't make that answer be right.

While this may seem to be an incredibly pedantic point, I think it's an important one in terms of distinguishing between scientific empiricism on the one hand and the choice- or opinion-based components of many of our social interactions on the other.

Thanks so much--both for the interesting quiz and for your attention to the semantics of how you present it!
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby owlice » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:30 pm

Thank you, and you might be my favorite new person! I agree with you! Alas, I don't have any control over the wording on the "submit" button for polls, so it is what it is.

If I could change the text on the submit button, I would. Also on the spoiler button, because, though I've hidden a couple of responses by wrapping the "spoiler" tags around them, they should not be taken as correct.
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby eric » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:34 pm

# 1 is a cell
# 2 is the sun in x-ray I belive
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby Vlad » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:48 pm

Image 1 is taken with a microscope. It is a chloroplast (a plastid that contains chlorophyll).

Image 2 is taken with a telescope. I think, it is a solar granulation.
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby neptunium » Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:22 pm

Is the "you call that art" option basically a neither/I don't know :?:
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby abbychia » Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:57 pm

Would be nice to have a facebook upload link to share with friends.
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby bystander » Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:52 pm

abbychia wrote:Would be nice to have a facebook upload link to share with friends.


Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is on Facebook. You can share the link from there.
<< http://www.facebook.com/AstronomyPictureOfTheDay >>

Or, copy the link to this thread (below) and post it to your FB page.
<< http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=26228 >>
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby Starry semanticist » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:02 am

owlice wrote:Thank you, and you might be my favorite new person! I agree with you! Alas, I don't have any control over the wording on the "submit" button for polls, so it is what it is.

If I could change the text on the submit button, I would. Also on the spoiler button, because, though I've hidden a couple of responses by wrapping the "spoiler" tags around them, they should not be taken as correct.


Wow. Here I was, thinking that it had been such a banal day--errands and housework and the like--and now I find that in absentia I may have become someone's favorite new person. Well that's a feather to put in the cap of the day. If only my pedantry normally went across so well!
Looking forward to tomorrow's photos.
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby Yawn. » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:33 am

Q: What is the difference between a celestial cell?
A: One of the two is both the same.
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby owlice » Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:03 am

Tuesday's images are up!
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Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the difference?

Postby TNT » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:33 am

I think image one is a 1)_____, and image two is some sort of 2)____

1)star
2)bacteria :?:
The following statement is true.
The above statement is false.
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby owlice » Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:50 pm

I think TNT is onto something here! :mrgreen:

(I sequestered his spoiler; will repost it once this day's quiz is over.)
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Postby vivien.parmentier » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:21 pm

It's not possible to vote again ?
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