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Science Quiz #586

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1

What did the 1975 Viking programme aim to do?

A
Resurrect ancient Scandinavian languages
B
Salvage the Swedish warship, Vasa
C
Study the Scandinavian origins in depth of areas in Estonia, the Ukraine and Sicily
D
Observe the planet Mars, in orbit and on the surface
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2

A set square is designed to be used in which of these?

A
Country dancing
B
Engineering and technical drawing
C
Playing chess
D
Creating Christmas decorations
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3

In a paper published in "Physical Review Letters" in 1964, British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs proposed a theory in physics. What was it?

A
A mechanism for an all-pervasive energy field which interacts with its environment to give mass
B
Force-carrying particles in the electroweak force
C
A theory of molecular vibrations
D
Mechanism in the formation of topological defects
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4

What has been seen as one of the intermediate vectors of the coronavirus, Covid-19, which appeared in 2020?

A
Human use of pangolins
B
Cows
C
Octopus as a food
D
Cats
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5

Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in what year?

A
1959
B
1955
C
1967
D
1961
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6

The "phylloxera epidemic" affects what?

A
Grapevines
B
Poultry
C
Horses
D
Rubber trees
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7

For what is the RSA algorithm used?

A
To determine delivery of content on social media, based on calculated preferences
B
Cryptography
C
To calculate a fixed-size bit string value from a data file
D
Multimodal optimisation
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