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Science Quiz #230

Science and Nature Quiz for 12 June 2013

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1

Which of these is an alloy?

A
Tungsten
B
Copper
C
Zinc
D
Steel
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2

When did the European Space Agency launch its first successful rocket, Ariane I?

A
1979
B
1989
C
1969
D
1984
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3

After discovering a new planet, Herschel named it Georgium Sidus (George's Star), or the "Georgian Planet" in honour of King George III. The scientific community did not like the name, and decided to call it what?

A
Uranus
B
Saturn
C
Pluto
D
Mars
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4

What mineral takes its name from the Greek word for "unquenchable" or "inextinguishable"?

A
Carbon
B
Aluminium
C
Asbestos
D
Xenon
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5

Which of these speeds up chemical reactions?

A
Accelerator pedal
B
Conglomerate
C
Farrier
D
Catalyst
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6

The phrase "Stokes drift" might be used in a discussion about what subject?

A
Fluid mechanics
B
South African geography
C
Population movements
D
Driving styles
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7

Snail fever is caused by organisms of which genus?

A
Cercariae
B
Bythyniidae
C
Planorbidae
D
Schistosoma
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