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Science Quiz #36

Science and Nature Quiz for 23 September 2009

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1

Canis Major is also known as what?

Note: This question was updated in March 2022
A
The Horsehead Nebula
B
Betelgeuse
C
The Great, or Greater, Dog
D
The Dog Star
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2

The foundations for which science were laid by Adam Smith in 1776 and followed up by people such as John Stuart Mill and David Ricardo?

A
Economics
B
Acoustics
C
Thermodynamics
D
Hydraulics
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3

The main ingredients of gunpowder are saltpetre, charcoal and what else?

Note: This question was updated in February 2022
A
More carbon
B
Sulphur
C
Lead
D
Hydrochloric acid
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4

What name is given to a substance which, when swallowed, injected or inhaled, will induce vomiting?

A
Emetic
B
Enema
C
Endemic
D
Epidemic
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5

The Moray is a type of what?

A
Octopus
B
Eel
C
Shark
D
Whale
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6

What is the name for an alcoholic preparation of opium widely used in the 18th and 19th centuries to treat a number of different complaints?

A
Laburnum
B
Laudanum
C
Londinium
D
Laudanosine
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7

Which flowering plant in the pea family, cultivated as feed for cattle, horses, sheep, and goats, is known in the UK, Australia and New Zealand as lucerne, as lucerne grass in south Asia and as Kuthirai Masal in Tamil?

A
Clover
B
Alfalfa
C
Corn
D
Wheat
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