21 August 2010

National Science Week 2010: Not So Trivial

To celebrate National Science Week 2010, why not test your knowledge with these science-themed trivia questions - answers to be posted on Wednesday 25 August.

  1. How many legs does a spider have?
  2. What does a caterpillar become?
  3. Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?
  4. Do humans and giraffes have the same number of vertebrae?
  5. Where does sound travel faster, water or air?
  6. What is a veterinarian?
  7. How many queen bees are there in a hive?
  8. Which Australian state or territory has the smallest area?
  9. What is a single unit of quanta called?
  10. What will fall off of the Great Sphinx in 200 years due to pollution and erosion, according to scholar Chikaosa Tanimoto?
  11. What suntan lotion was developed by Dr. Ben Green in 1944 to protect pilots who bailed out over the Pacific?
  12. What was Friedrich Serturner the first to extract from opium and use as a pain reliever?
  13. What substance nets recyclers the most money?
  14. What are you shopping for if you are sized up by a Brannock Device?
  15. What animal travels at 25 mph under water but finds it easier to toboggan on its belly on land?
  16. What's the itchy skin condition tinea pedis better known as?
  17. What uncooked meat is a trichina worm most likely to make a home in?
  18. How many of every 10 victims infected by the Ebola virus will die in two days?
  19. What computer company was named after a founder's memories of spending a summer in an Oregon orchard?
  20. What butterfly-shaped gland is located just in front of the windpipe?
  21. What's short for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"?
  22. What planet is the brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon?.
  23. What weapon did German gunsmith August Kotter unload on the world in 1520?
  24. What type of machine did 19-year-old French genius Blaise Pascal invent to help his dad do taxes in 1642?
  25. What do leukaemia sufferers have too many of?
  26. What Benjamin Holt invention was good news to farmers in 1900?
  27. What weather phenomenon is measured by the Beaufort scale?
  28. What do itchy people call the "rhus radicans" they were sorry they came into contact with?
  29. What fruit were Hawaiian women once forbidden by law to eat?
  30. Who invented the stump jump plough?
  31. In which decade was the bionic ear developed? 
  32. What was the first city to be levelled by a plutonium-based atomic bomb?
  33. What high-level computer language was named after a French mathematician and philosopher?
  34. What Mercury astronaut had a pulse rate of 170 at lift-off-John Glenn, Alan Shepard or Gus Grissom?
  35. What type of vessel was powered by a hand-cranked propeller when first used in combat in 1176?
  36. What creature proved to be much faster than a horse in a 1927 race in Sydney, Australia?
  37. What computer was introduced in 1984 Super Bowl ads?
  38. What male body part did Mademoiselle Magazine find to be the favourite of most women?
  39. What planet is named after the Greek god who personified the sky?
  40. What fat substitute got FDA approval for use in snack foods, despite reports of diarrhoea and cramps?
  41. What plant's meltdown was dubbed "Russian Roulette" by nuclear power wags?