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Science Quiz #99

Science and Nature Quiz for 8 December 2010

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1

Which of these is a type of melon?

A
Piccolo
B
Canterbury
C
Cantaloupe
D
Francois
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2

Why did the Mars Climate Orbiter, launched on 11 December 1998, drift off course during its voyage and enter a much lower orbit than planned before being destroyed by atmospheric friction?

A
Came under the influence of the sun's gravity
B
Hit by a meteor
C
A faulty computer software specification
D
Illness of the crew
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3

Which of these represents the greatest number in colloquial terms?

Note: This question was updated in April 2017
A
Grand
B
Baker's dozen
C
Ton
D
Three score and ten
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4

What is another name for pain in one or more nerves?

A
Psittacosis
B
Hysteria
C
Neuralgia
D
Toxemia
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5

Which of these is a colourful bird found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive 'crown' of feathers, the only species left in the family Upupidae?

A
Hulahoop
B
Raven
C
Kiwi
D
Hoopoe
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6

What is the name for the chemical signals that trigger a natural response in another member of the same species that affect behaviour or physiology?

A
Gardenomes
B
Persephones
C
Pheromones
D
Mobilephones
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7

What is the sum of the digits of the product of any number between 1 & 9 multiplied by 9?

A
9
B
10
C
6
D
3
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