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Science Quiz #287

Science and Nature Quiz for 16 July 2014

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On 30 August 2012 NASA launched Radiation Belt Storm probes to look at the two doughnut-shaped Van Allen radiation belts of high energy particles encircling the Earth. Three days after the launch they discovered what?

A
The main probe sensors failed
B
The magnetic field holding the belts in place showed a weak point, which strengthened a week later
C
The proportion of alpha particles in the belts was increasing
D
A third belt
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2

In 1960 an international agreement defined the metre in terms of the wavelength of the light from which gas, when burnt?

A
Oxygen
B
Argon
C
Krypton
D
Neon
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3

Why, during World War I, were some munition workers nicknamed "canary girls" or simply "canaries"?

A
They sang to ensure that they didn't bump into each other when their vision was obscured
B
They wore yellow overalls
C
Handling TNT can cause the skin to turn bright yellow-orange
D
They did most of their work in blast-proof cages
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4

Which of these is the greatest angle?

A
Obtuse
B
Reflex
C
Right angle
D
Acute
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5

A study of bacterial DNA through the 1960s and 1970s isolated and identified a new branch of the tree of life many of whose members live in places extremely hostile to other forms of life. What is it called?

A
Monera
B
Archaebacteria
C
Archaea
D
Eukaryota
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6

In October 2010 it was announced that the longest genome (genetic code) of any organism belonged to what?

A
Marbled lungfish
B
Paris Japonica
C
Human being
D
African elephant
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7

Gynophobia is an abnormal fear of what?

A
Banks
B
Women
C
Exercise
D
Alcohol
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