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Science Quiz #170

Science and Nature Quiz for 18 April 2012

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The first European scientific observation of a transit of Venus (when Venus passes between the Sun and Earth, and can be seen as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun) was made by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree in England in what year?

A
1639
B
1751
C
1867
D
1769
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2

What name is given to describes the phenomenon of the gradual mixing of two different substances which are in contact?

A
Diffusion
B
Diffraction
C
Refraction
D
Debacle
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3

In November 1938, while attempting to obtain a respiratory and circulatory stimulant (an analeptic), Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann became what?

A
A werewolf
B
The "inventor" of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
C
Radioactive
D
Comatose
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4

What is measured using the Rankine scale?

A
Rainfall
B
Wind speed
C
Temperature
D
Earthquake intensity
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5

What name is given to a vicious elephant that separates from the herd?

A
Cad
B
Scoundrel
C
Rogue
D
Rascal
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6

What sign of the zodiac is represented by a sheep?

A
Aries
B
Taurus
C
Pisces
D
Gemini
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7

Which of these is a professional body and learned society established in 1957 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1984, which has over 70,000 members in over 100 countries?

A
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
B
The Royal Academy of Arts
C
The Royal Society of Chemistry
D
The Geological Society of London
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