Final Year Examination

Answer three questions from each section.


Design and construct from the materials provided an interface between your own central nervous system and that of the crab supplied.
Describe how the aquarium and its surroundings appear to the crab.

: The CNS link must be broken before beginning the answer.
Papers which appear to have been written by the crab will not be marked.
"I am a Bear of Very Little Brain and long words Bother me"
A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Q. Describe the neuro-pathways which could be connected to alleviate this condition.
A neuroengineer needs which of the following:
a) sharp knife
b) wires

c) hacksaw
d) nervous patient
e) all of these.
"Two heads are better than one."
Discuss using examples from your experience.

Practical cosmology

The small container holds a mini black hole. Use it to convert the two left-handed gloves provided into a pair.
Candidates unable to return the black hole after the experiment will be disqualified.
You are provided with a large energy source and a suitable vacuum.
Prepare a system yielding intelligent life within 1.5 x 1010 years.
Estimate the probability of a false positive.

Applied climatology

"The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain."
Describe and explain the measures necessary to ensure this without affecting the climate of British Columbia.
Consider what proportion of a given area's population must decide on a  picnic on a given day to ensure precipitation.
Discuss the possibilities for desert reclamation.

Advanced techniques in genetics

Many married couples of different skin colour are known to speculate facetiously on the skin colour of their children.
Describe the procedures necessary to:
    a) produce black and yellow vertical stripes
    b) produce either blue or green
    c) justify your activities to the children concerned
Enumerate the human genes which determine political allegiance, and calculate the lowest mutation frequency which would produce a Liberal majority in the House of Commons within 100 years.

Borrowed from a long lost and long sought after correspondence in New Scientist, 13 March 1980.