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Science Quiz #218

Science and Nature Quiz for 20 March 2013

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In 1846, using mathematical predictions by French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier, German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle became the first person to observe which planet?

A
Uranus
B
Saturn
C
Neptune
D
Mercury
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2

Castoreum, which comes from a beaver, is used as an ingredient in what?

A
Perfume
B
Eyeliner
C
Lipstick
D
Mascara
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3

What was the common name of the Volkswagen Type 14, a 2+2 sold from 1955 to 1974 in coupe and convertible bodystyles, which was then the car most imported to the USA?

A
Dino
B
911
C
Karmann Ghia
D
Beetle
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4

What is a lemniscate?

Note: This question was updated in February 2021
A
A type of antelope
B
A furry-skinned fruit
C
The mathematical symbol for infinity
D
A pair of green-coloured roller blades
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5

Between 1901 and 1909, Karl Landsteiner, Jan Janský and William Moss worked on the classification of what?

A
Moths
B
Roses
C
Dinosaurs
D
Blood groups
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6

What is the overall name for a branch of applied mathematics used to study behaviour in strategic situations, in which an individual's success in making choices depends on the choices of others?

A
Game theory
B
Von Neumann's examination of mixed strategy equilibria
C
Logarithmics
D
Minimax mixed strategy
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7

What type of highly directional microphone, commonly used on television and film sets, in stadiums, and for field recording of wildlife, was invented by Fritz Sennheiser in the 1950s?

A
Sneaky
B
Laser
C
Poker
D
Shotgun
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