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Science Quiz #260

Science and Nature Quiz for 8 January 2014

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Which of these, normally encountered as a gas with a characteristic pungent odour, contributes significantly to the nutritional needs of terrestrial organisms by serving as a precursor to foodstuffs and fertilisers?

A
Chlorine
B
Nitrous oxide
C
Sulphur
D
Ammonia
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2

What word was coined by publisher Henry Holt to refer to the direct influence of mind on a physical system that cannot be entirely accounted for by the mediation of any known physical energy, such as distorting or moving an object and influencing the output of a random number generator?

A
Mind over matter
B
Telekinesis
C
Psychokinesis
D
Remote influencing
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3

A drake is the adult male of which bird?

A
Turkey
B
Goose
C
Eagle
D
Duck
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4

The left and right ventricles and the left and right atriums are found where in the human body?

A
Lungs
B
Liver
C
Heart
D
Head
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5

What was the first standardised system of measurement established in Mesopotamia?

A
Bi-Sexagesimal System B
B
Cubit of Nippur
C
Royal gur-cube
D
GAN2 System G
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6

Which of these is a fluid obtained by the distillation of resin obtained from trees, mainly pine trees?

A
White spirit
B
Kerosene
C
Methylated spirit
D
Turpentine
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7

Which of Galileo's achievements brought him into conflict with the church, resulting in his being confined to his house for the last years of his life?

A
He attempted to measure the speed of light
B
He invented the thermometer
C
He said that the Copernican view of the universe was correct
D
He attempted to measure the weight of air
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