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Science Quiz #382

Science and Nature Quiz for 11 May 2016

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Which of these is subject to scientific debate about whether it is a bear (classified in the Family “Ursidae”), a racoon (a "Procyonidae") or a type all of its own ("Ailuridae")?

A
Giant Panda
B
Sloth Bear
C
Red Panda
D
Sun Bear
Select from the options above.
2

What genus of grass is also known as kaffir corn, dhurra, Guinea corn and Indian millet?

A
Alfalfa
B
Saffron
C
Spinifex
D
Sorghum
Select from the options above.
3

A placenta in which the umbilical cord is attached at the placental margin is called what?

A
Battledore placenta
B
Placenta previa
C
Placenta accreta
D
Placenta increta
Select from the options above.
4

What characterises a regular polygon?

A
Right angles
B
Same length sides and size angles
C
Equal opposite angles
D
A pair of sides the same length
Select from the options above.
5

What computer that began operation in 1954 at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, UK, could make calculations in 20 seconds that, it was said, "would keep 100 girls using calculating machines occupied for 8 hours"?

A
ERNIE
B
TRIDAC
C
Big Blue
D
HAL
Select from the options above.
6

What scale initially related wind conditions to their effects on the sails of a man of war, from "sufficient for steerage" to "which canvas sails couldn't withstand."

A
Carvill Index
B
Richter scale
C
Mercalli scale
D
Beaufort scale
Select from the options above.
7

Apart from a syringe which of these could also be called hypodermic?

A
A freckle
B
A deep stab wound
C
Some bruises
D
A hernia
Select from the options above.
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