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Science Quiz #157

Science and Nature Quiz for 18 January 2012

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1

In 1979, a World Health Organization commission of scientists certified the global eradication of which human infectious disease, the first (and only) one to be completely eradicated from nature?

Note: This question was updated in July 2019
A
Polio
B
Malaria
C
Smallpox
D
Chicken pox
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2

What type of animal is a silverback?

A
Toad
B
Dog
C
Gorilla
D
Elephant
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3

The Priestley medal is awarded for excellence in what field?

A
Portraiture
B
Playwrighting
C
Chemistry
D
Gymnastics
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4

What bird has iridescent blue-green or green coloured plumage, where the train feathers have a series of eyes that are best seen when the tail is fanned?

A
Cabbagecock
B
Beancock
C
Carrotcock
D
Peacock
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5

What 3-wheeled microcar manufactured in 1962 and 1965 on the Isle of Man retailed for £199, and holds the record for the smallest-ever automobile to go into production?

A
Suzuki Alto
B
Peel P50
C
Sinclair C5
D
TRS 80
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6

In the middle ages, what infection was called "the king's evil", and, it was rumoured, could be cured by the touch of a king?

A
Rickets
B
Impetigo
C
Scrofula
D
Tuberculosis
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7

What is the substance that causes irritation from a sting by a nettle or an ant?

A
Folic acid
B
Citric acid
C
Hydrochloric acid
D
Formic acid
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