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Science Quiz #294

Science and Nature Quiz for 3 September 2014

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Apart from the platypus what are the only living examples of egg-laying mammals?

A
Red Kangaroo
B
Tiger Quoll
C
Echidna (spiny anteater)
D
Capybara
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2

Which infective disease caused by toxins is characterised by the violent and prolonged contraction of skeletal muscle fibres?

A
Leprosy
B
Pneumonia
C
Tuberculosis
D
Tetanus
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3

What miners' oil lamp, invented in 1815, had a wire cylinder to enclose the flame, preventing the explosion of coal-gas?

A
Night Light
B
Davy Lamp
C
Black Light
D
Canary Lamp
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4

About how much of the human body is composed of water?

A
60 per cent
B
40 per cent
C
75 per cent
D
10 per cent
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5

What is in a human's thoracic cavity?

A
Lungs
B
Liver
C
Spleen
D
Pancreas
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6

Which of these is an instrument for recording electrical discharges associated with mental activity?

A
Electroencephalograph
B
Electrocardiograph
C
Electromagnet
D
Encephalophone
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7

What dye used in cooking for crimson tints is made from the body of a female insect inhabiting Peru and Mexico?

A
Chickory
B
Liquorice
C
Vanilla
D
Cochineal
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