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Science Quiz #101

Science and Nature Quiz for 22 December 2010

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1

What is a terrifying and disturbing dream?

A
Nightshade
B
Nightlight
C
Nightmare
D
Nightmove
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2

Until 1965, it was thought that which planet was synchronously tidally locked with the Sun, rotating once for each orbit and keeping the same face directed towards the Sun at all times, in the same way that the same side of the Moon always faces the Earth?

A
Mercury
B
Saturn
C
Jupiter
D
Earth
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3

In medicine, which suffix denotes "inflammation of"?

A
-itis
B
-ology
C
-opsy
D
-ectomy
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4

Which fabulous animal is attested to by Pliny around 77 AD , Aristotle around 350 BC and the Bible?

A
Unicorn
B
Minotaur
C
Hydra
D
Moa
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5

Normally called a wolverine in North America, what is the largest carnivorous mammal in the weasel family, which, it is said, has a habit of hiding articles which are no use to it?

A
Gourmand
B
Glutton
C
Epicure
D
Hungary
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6

Which of these has fish as its normal diet?

Note: This question was updated in November 2017
A
Iguana
B
Pelican
C
Vulture
D
Giraffe
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7

Hideki Yukawa, the first to postulate the existence of particles in an atom of less mass than a proton and greater mass than an electron, was the first Japanese person to do what in 1949?

Note: This question was updated in March 2017
A
Walk across the continental USA
B
Appear on the "Fear Factor" TV series
C
Fly an aeroplane through the sound barrier
D
Win a Nobel Prize
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