Oct 21, 2015


The Svalbard Seed Vault (also dubbed the "Doomsday Vault") is located in the Arctic, where it holds seed samples of different types of crops from across the world.

In 2015, researchers from the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas requested a "bank withdrawal" for some seeds. This was because their research centre's gene bank at its headquarters was no longer available, due to a conflict.

If the HQ has now moved to Beirut in Lebanon, where was it previously housed - the largest city in a nearby country?

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Oct 20, 2015


In Buddhism, this word means "place of the deathless" and has philosophical significance. It later became the name of a place in India with Buddhist temples. In Hindu myths, it is the city with the court of Indra.

In 2015, a place with this name is formally coming to being. Which place?

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Oct 19, 2015


"The Long Utopia" is the fourth in a series of books called "The Long Earth" series, which is co-written by British science fiction writer Stephen Baxter and another author, who passed away in 2015.

Which author?

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Oct 18, 2015


Image: National Theatre, UK

The actor Benedict Cumberbatch is seen here on the sets of a 2015 play he is starring in. (This is during a recording of the play, for viewing in cinemas).

Which play is he acting in?

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Oct 17, 2015


On the occasion of this author's 125th birth anniversary in 2015, an international festival to celebrate the occasion was held in Torquay in England, where this author was born.

Which famed author?

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This day last year: Q.1478