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Science Quiz #15

Science and Nature Quiz for 29 April 2009

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1

What sea creature living in the Arctic has a tapering tusk, spirally grooved, 2 to 3 metres (7 to 10 feet) long?

A
Narwhal
B
Beluga whale
C
Sperm whale
D
Uniwhale
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2

Which of these animals does not provide the raw material for cat gut?

A
Sheep
B
Cats
C
Horses
D
Hogs
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3

What is the name for the temperature at which, theoretically, all molecular activity ceases and chemical reactions become impossible?

A
Ground zero
B
Freezing point
C
Absolute zero
D
Critical mass
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4

What type of design was used for London's Millennium Footbridge across the Thames, that opened on 10 June 2000?

A
Wrought iron bridge
B
Stone arch bridge
C
Steel girder bridge
D
Steel suspension bridge
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5

What is the name given to a cataclysmic nuclear explosion caused by the accretion of hydrogen onto the surface of a white dwarf star?

A
Red Dwarf
B
Nebula
C
Pulsar
D
Nova
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6

Which birds from around Papua New Guinea and brought to Europe were believed never to land and to be kept aloft by their plumes, because native traders had removed the wings and feet from the specimens?

A
Hornbill
B
Hooded Pitohui
C
Cassowary
D
Bird of Paradise
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7

Which medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal, native to Africa, is the sole representative of the mammalian order Tubulidentata?

A
Anteater
B
Armadillo
C
Sloth
D
Aardvark
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