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Science Quiz #463

Science and Nature Quiz for 29 November 2017

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In quantum mechanics and particle physics, what is the usual term for an intrinsic form of angular momentum carried by elementary particles, composite particles (hadrons), and atomic nuclei?

A
Valence
B
Spin
C
Orbit
D
Flow
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2

Which of these describes a widespread hedgehog behaviour?

A
Pronking
B
Shedding
C
Self anointing, or anting
D
Fully retracting its claws
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3

What condition caused by spasm of arterioles and sometimes small veins, results in the formation of small raised areas that are white or red, affecting mainly fingers and toes, which later throb and itch?

A
Chilblains
B
Varicose veins
C
Rheumatism
D
Gangrene
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4

What physics principle is important in operating a funicular railway?

A
Flotation
B
Inertia
C
Wave theory
D
Counterbalance
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5

Which of these words means "a morbid craving for alcoholic stimulants"?

A
Dipsomania
B
Diphtheria
C
Diplodocus
D
Determinism
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6

Where can a grunion be found?

A
In debates or arguments, particularly supporting the right of Americans to keep and bear arms
B
Off the coast of California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico
C
Round the shaft of millwheel
D
Ramming the wadding into the bore of a cannon
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7

What is trona?

A
A species of seaweed
B
A naturally occurring mineral form of soda ash
C
A round of the game kabaddi
D
A form of macramé
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