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Science Quiz #390

Science and Nature Quiz for 6 July 2016

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1

What is the name given to the recurrent period of 28 years, whereby the days of the week recur on the same days of the month in any corresponding year?

A
Semi cycle
B
Cosmic year
C
Solar cycle
D
Gregorian cycle
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2

What is the peptide hormone produced in all vertebrates and some others to promote the absorption of glucose from the blood to muscles and fat tissue?

A
Lipids
B
Insulin
C
Haemoglobin
D
Bile
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3

Which journey by James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise in 1970 almost ended in disaster?

A
Apollo 13
B
Apollo 12
C
Apollo 11
D
Apollo 10
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4

What purpose does the inguinal canal serve in the human body?

A
Conveys the spermatic cord in men, and in women the round ligament of uterus
B
Carries the cilia which enable balance
C
Links the small and large intestines
D
Carries the root of a tooth
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5

Which tree native to Mexico, South America and Central America, part of a family of flowering plants, produces a fruit (technically a large berry) that contains a pit which may be egg-shaped or spherical?

A
Avocado
B
Chinese Gooseberry (or Kiwi)
C
Pear
D
Banana
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6

What is the radius of a circle whose area is 154 square inches?

A
22 inches
B
7 inches
C
44 inches
D
5 inches
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7

What is the etymology of "malaria"?

Note: This question was updated in October 2018
A
Bad air
B
Singing sickness
C
Apple fever
D
Illness
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