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Science Quiz #591

Science and Nature Quiz for 13 May 2020

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What highly flammable metal, easy to ignite when powdered, producing a brilliant white light, and difficult to extinguish, being able to burn in both nitrogen and carbon dioxide, was used in incendiary weapons for firebombing cities in World War II and as a source of illumination in the early days of photography?

A
Lime
B
Magnesium
C
Charcoal
D
Silicon
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2

What is the Caspian Sea Monster?

A
A giant sturgeon which has eluded fishermen
B
A creature said to resemble the Loch Ness monster
C
A giant lighthouse
D
An experimental sea-skimming ground effect vehicle
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3

Which infectious disease, usually occurring in childhood, is characterised by eruptions of successive crops of vesicles?

A
Mumps
B
Chickenpox
C
Measles
D
Whooping cough
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4

What is voretigene neparvovec?

A
A virus which affects the nerve centres
B
A gene therapy for one of the inherited eye malfunctions
C
A therapy for cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in HIV-positive patients
D
Treatment for head and neck cancers
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5

In January 2006, what space probe was sent to investigate Pluto?

A
Uncle Mickey
B
Discovery
C
New Horizon
D
Charon
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6

What does the chemical symbol "Au" stand for?

A
Silver
B
Aluminium
C
Gold
D
Titanium
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7

What is one of the world's most prestigious scientific journals, first published on 4 November 1869, one of the few that publish original research articles across a wide range of scientific fields?

A
Science
B
Nature
C
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
D
The Scientific American
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