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Science & Nature

50 randomly selected Science & Nature questions for quizmasters.

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1.Dame Jane Goodall is considered to be the world's foremost expert on what animal?
2.What is the Latin medical term for your shoulder blade?
3.Beovision is a line of televisions by what company?
Bang & Olufsen
4.Launched in October 1957, what was the name of the first man-made satellite to orbit the Earth?
Sputnik 1
5.What is the chemical symbol for Arsenic?
As (Ar is the symbol for Argon)
6.What 'A' is a more common name for the hormone epinephrine?
7.Replacing old analogue systems like PAL, NTSC and SECAM, DVB is one of several open standards being adopted for modern television around the world. What does DVB stand for?
Digital Video Broadcasting
8.What is the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight?
9.Riboflavin, Niacin, and Folic Acid are all types of what?
Vitamin (B2, B3 and B9)
10.What set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals get their name from the Greek word for "unquenchable"?
Asbestos (Greek: άσβεστος)
11.Myopathy is a term used to describe any abnormality or disease affecting what part of the body?
Muscle / Muscle tissue
12.A satellite of Jupiter, what is the largest and most massive of the Solar System's moons?
13.What naturally occurring family of silicate minerals get their name from the Ancient Greek for "inextinguishable"?
Asbestos (Ancient Greek: ἄσβεστος)
14.A much faster and more reliable alternative to mechanical hard disk drives, what do the initials SSD stand for?
Solid-state drive/disk
15.California ebony, Texas brown, Costa Rican red, Mexican pink, and Peruvian pinktoe are all types of what?
Spider (Tarantula)
16.What 'M' describes the curve on the surface of a liquid?

17.To the nearest whole number, what percentage of the Earth's atmosphere is nitrogen?
78 (78.084%)
18.In human anatomy, where are the metatarsals?
19.In the International System of Units (SI), what single unit of measurement is equal to 1 billion kilobytes?
20.What is the binary number 11111111 in decimal?
21.What 'F' is used to describe the large, divided leaves of ferns and other similar plants?
22.What alkaline earth metal has the atomic number 12 in the periodic table?
23.What 'A' describes any invertebrate with a segmented body, jointed limbs, and usually a chitinous shell; including insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and myriapods?
24.What is the collective noun for a group of crows?
Murder / Horde
25.What 'J' describes this tree, native to Western Australia, with flowers that are used to make honey, and long, straight trunks that provide a deep rich reddish-brown, termite-resistant wood with an attractive grain?
Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata, historically known as Swan River mahogany)
26.What 'D' can describe: a device attached to the stern of a boat to slow it down in a storm; a parachute deployed to slow down a rapidly moving object; or a pilot parachute to deploy a larger parachute?
27.What four-letter word is the common name for the soleus muscle?
28.What boy's name is also the SI derived unit of electrical inductance?
29.How many Troy ounces are there in a Troy pound?
30.Invented at IBM by Alan Shugart in 1967, the first floppy drives introduced in 1971 used a disk that was how many inches in diameter?
8 (evolving into the 5.25-inch disk that was used on the first IBM Personal Computer in August 1981)
31.What do Chiropterans have that most other mammals don't?
Wings (i.e. bats)
32.What creatures live in a formicary?

33.Containing approximately 75% of the atmosphere's mass, and also where all weather takes place, what name is given to the lowest portion of the Earth's atmosphere?
34.What vitamin is produced by the action of ultraviolet light on the skin?
D (D3 - cholecalciferol)
35.A member of the horse family, what animal is divided into three species: the plains, the Grévy's and the mountain?
36.Which element is most commonly added to silver to make sterling silver?
37.A gas above -269 °C, at -272.2° C, what chemical element has the lowest freezing point?
38.What 'S' describes this breed of dog?
39.What animal's name is derived from the Afrikaans for "earth pig"?
40.The tallest and heaviest of its kind, what species of penguin is this?
41.A family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages, what does the acronym BASIC stand for?
Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
42.The United States has 100 nuclear power plants, more than any other country. What European country comes second with 58?
43.Deuterium oxide (2H2O or D2O) is commonly known as what?
Heavy water
44.From what continent do Guinea Pigs originate?
South America
45.Native to Africa, what 'S' describes this wild cat?
46.What 4-letter word can be spelt using the chemical symbols for lithium, nitrogen, and potassium?
47.Nepetalactone is the chemical compound that gives what species of plant its characteristic scent?
Catnip / Catswort / Catmint (Nepeta cataria)
48.Name the only two islands on which orangutans can be found in the wild?
Borneo and Sumatra
49.What 'C' describes the intelligent personal assistant released by Microsoft for several of its operating systems in 2014?
50.What 'S' is used to describe a young domestic pigeon?

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