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Science Quiz #290

Science and Nature Quiz for 6 August 2014

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1

How many poles are there related to the planet Earth?

A
4
B
2
C
10
D
6
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2

How far is our Earth from its sun?

A
approximately 8 light minutes
B
4 light years
C
8 light years
D
9.3 light seconds
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3

When SARS was discovered in 2003 it was only the third human coronavirus known, but by the end of 2012 a further three had been identified the last now known as MERS; what coronavirus is MERS most closely related to?

Note: This question was updated in July 2016
A
One found in bats
B
SARS
C
New Haven
D
One found in the civet
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4

What is the name of the scientific discipline that deals with the measurement and representation of the Earth, including its gravitational field, in a three-dimensional time-varying space?

A
Metroscopy
B
Geomatics
C
Geodynamics
D
Geodesy
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5

The first uses of what on a large scale in civil engineering were the construction of the Canal du Midi in France (1681), the Erie canal in New York (1825), the Box Tunnel on the railway line between London and Bristol, England (1841), and the Mont Cenis Tunnel between France and Italy (1870)?

A
Pneumatic drill
B
Gunpowder
C
Scaffolding
D
Wheelbarrows
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6

Bamboo is the main diet of which of these animals?

A
Siberian tiger
B
Giraffe
C
Giant panda
D
Sloth
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7

What is the most frequent definition in mathematics of a straight line?

A
A set of points obeying a linear relationship when some other fundamental concept is left undefined
B
None - it is considered a primitive (undefined) concept
C
Quantity which has only one dimension, i.e. length
D
A line which is equally extended between its points
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