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Science Quiz #289

Science and Nature Quiz for 30 July 2014

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1

What is the name for radiations of a wavelength shorter than, and immediately next to, the visible spectrum?

A
X Rays
B
Infra red
C
Gamma
D
Ultra violet
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2

Which is the largest known of these invertebrates?

A
Jellyfish
B
Squid
C
Lobster
D
Octopus
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3

In Japan they are a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity, and are white birds with black-tipped wings and throat plus what else?

A
Red collar and cheeks
B
Black tail
C
Crimson bonnet of bare skin
D
Grey plume on the back of the head
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4

Which of these nations has officially adopted the International System of Units as its primary system of measurement?

A
Burma
B
New Zealand
C
USA
D
Liberia
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5

Which is recognised as the most massive bacterium so far discovered, reaching up to .75mm in length and large enough to be visible to the naked eye?

A
Epulopiscium fishelsoni
B
Thiomargarita namibiensis
C
Paramecium tetraurelia
D
Metabacterium polyspora
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6

What was a major significance in Europe and the western world of the book the "Liber Abaci" (1202)?

A
It introduced use of the abacus
B
It demonstrated the mathematical relationship between the circumference of a circle and its radius
C
It convincingly advocated the use of Arabic numerals in european mathematical notation
D
A discussion of the golden ratio
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7

The longest word included in English language dictionaries, and probably contrived to be so, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. What does it mean?

Note: This question was updated in July 2021
A
Matter ejected during an eruption
B
A lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs
C
An eye disease that causes a permanent squint
D
A cold sore
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