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Science Quiz #676

Science and Nature Quiz for 29 December 2021

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What is the name of a calculating machine that originally consisted of beans or stones moved in grooves in sand or on tablets of wood, stone, or metal?

A
Abacus
B
Slide rule
C
Chisanbop
D
Difference engine
Select from the options above.
2

What is the longest known non-stop, non-eating migration flight south for the winter?

A
About 11,000 km (6,835 mi)
B
Up to 37,000 km (23,000 mi)
C
About 4,800 km (3,000 mi)
D
2,400 km (1,500 mil)
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3

What was badly damaged when the ship "Shen Neng I" got into difficulties on 3 April 2010?

A
Canary Wharf, London
B
The beaches on the Côte d'Azur
C
The gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
D
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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4

What is the name of a family of satellites launched since 1995 and operated by Eutelsat, located at 13°E over the Equator (orbital position) with a transmitting footprint over Europe, North Africa and the Middle East?

A
WorldCom
B
Hot Bird
C
Telstar
D
Intelsat
Select from the options above.
5

Sunspots on the sun are the result of what?

A
Magnetism
B
Flares
C
Nearby swarms of asteroids
D
Concentrations of helium
Select from the options above.
6

Which of these is a name for a fear of flying?

A
Pteromechanophobia
B
Haemophobia
C
Cynophobia
D
Mysophobia
Select from the options above.
7

Equipment launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in December 2021 is designed to do what?

A
Experiment with all-electric airplane flight
B
Observe the near-earth asteroid 4660 Nereus
C
Replace the aging Hubble Telescope
D
Be one of three flights gathering data to provide a foundation for human deep space exploration
Select from the options above.
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