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Science Quiz #276

Science and Nature Quiz for 30 April 2014

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1

Obsidian, caused naturally when lava cools very quickly, is what type of substance?

A
Glass
B
Pumice
C
Crystal
D
Granite
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2

What is the name for a rotating rod with oblong lobes sticking out of it, that is fitted in a car's engine block?

A
Connor shaft
B
Camshaft
C
Cartershaft
D
Chris-shaft
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3

Why was an item at the Simbridge Wetland Centre in the UK, put under round-the-clock guard in 2013?

A
It was thought escaped convicted murderer and burglar Paul Flint might have drowned there
B
Remains of Mesolithic dwellings being excavated there were thought to contain platinum ore
C
It was the first common crane egg laid outside captivity in western Britain for 400 years
D
A plant of dwarf spike rush, extremely rare in the UK, was found growing there
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4

What does the International Avogadro Project aim to achieve?

A
Redefine the kilogram in terms of a fixed number of atoms in a sphere of silicon
B
Re-express the Avogadro constant
C
Explore new uses for the Avogadro constant
D
Apply the Avogadro constant to sports science
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5

The Colorado beetle destroys what kind of crop?

A
Wheat
B
Potato
C
Coffee
D
Grapes
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6

Which of these is a contagious disease, an upper respiratory tract illness characterised by sore throat, low fever, and an adherent membrane on the tonsils, pharynx, and/or nasal cavity, once common, that has largely been eradicated in industrialised nations through widespread vaccination?

A
Quinsy
B
Epilepsy
C
Diphtheria
D
Tonsillitis
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7

Where did the borzoi dog breed originate?

A
Russia
B
Mexico
C
Egypt
D
France
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