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Science Quiz #68

Science and Nature Quiz for 5 May 2010

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1

What is the name of the dark nebula in the constellation Orion that is approximately 1500 light years from Earth?

A
Elephant-trunk
B
Catspaw
C
Horsehead
D
Sheepshank
Select from the options above.
2

Which of these is a dog, of which there are several breeds, including English, German, American, South African, Brazilian, Spanish, Pyrenean, Neapolitan, Nebolish, Anatolian, Tibetan, French, Japanese and Korean?

A
Tariff
B
Sheriff
C
Bailiff
D
Mastiff
Select from the options above.
3

What is the more common name for the white crystalline salt called hydrated sodium pyroborate?

A
Fire lighters
B
Heroin
C
Borax
D
Boron
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4

What was the name of George Stephenson's first steam engine, which first ran on the Manchester and Liverpool Railway in 1830?

A
Puffing Billy
B
The Rocket
C
The Flying Scotsman
D
The Cheltenham Flyer
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5

What is the name of the rose coloured gaseous envelope outside the incandescent surface of the sun?

A
Chromosphere
B
Photosphere
C
Corona
D
Stratosphere
Select from the options above.
6

What is the name for a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors rather than from any actual profit earned?

A
The Pool-side Hustle
B
A Tontine
C
A Ponzi scheme
D
A Madhoff Pyramid
Select from the options above.
7

What is the name for a mysteriously flattened area in a field?

A
Crop circle
B
Wheat triangle
C
Maize maze
D
Cricket oval
Select from the options above.
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