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Science Quiz #69

Science and Nature Quiz for 12 May 2010

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In probability theory and statistics, what is a measure of the variability or dispersion of a population, a data set, or a probability distribution?

A
Standard deviation
B
A posteriori probability
C
Index of dispersion
D
Regression discontinuity
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2

Which of these is a burrowing insectivorous animal with small eyes and close fur?

A
Armadillo
B
Mole
C
Turtle
D
Daddy Long Legs
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3

A prune is the dried fruit of which tree?

A
Pear
B
Plum
C
Date
D
Apple
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4

What is taxonomy?

A
The avoidance of paying a contribution to a nation's revenue
B
The art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals
C
The science of the classification of living and extinct organisms
D
The art of cooking a Mexican dish of meat etc. in a folded or rolled tortilla
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5

What instrument for measuring radiant heat was devised by Langley, an American physicist, in 1881?

Note: This question was updated in July 2016
A
Radiometer
B
Radiator
C
Bolometer
D
Sphygmomanometer
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6

What is the name for the phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere?

A
Precipitation
B
Spectrograph
C
Kaleidoscope
D
Rainbow
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7

The highest temperature at which a liquid can have a stable existence is known as what?

A
Float
B
Stasis
C
Liquidity
D
Boiling point
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