25 August 2010

National Science Week 2010: Not So Trivial - The Answers

Last Saturday we posted a range of science-themed trivia questions to celebrate National Science Week 2010.  Here are the answers - how did you go?


How many legs does a spider have? - Eight

What does a caterpillar become? - A chrysalis or a butterfly

Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? - Fruit

Do humans and giraffes have the same number of vertebrae? - Yes

Where does sound travel faster, water or air? - Water

What is a veterinarian? - An animal doctor

How many queen bees are there in a hive? - One

Which Australian state or territory has the smallest area? - The Australian Capital Territory

What is a single unit of quanta called? - Quantum

What will fall off of the Great Sphinx in 200 years due to pollution and erosion, according to scholar Chikaosa Tanimoto? - Its head

What suntan lotion was developed by Dr. Ben Green in 1944 to protect pilots who bailed out over the Pacific? - Coppertone

What was Friedrich Serturner the first to extract from opium and use as a pain reliever? - Morphine

What substance nets recyclers the most money? - Aluminium

What are you shopping for if you are sized up by a Brannock Device? - Shoes

What animal travels at 25 mph under water but finds it easier to toboggan on its belly on land? - The penguin

What's the itchy skin condition tinea pedis better known as? - Athlete's foot

What uncooked meat is a trichina worm most likely to make a home in? - Pork

How many of every 10 victims infected by the Ebola virus will die in two days? - Nine

What computer company was named after a founder's memories of spending a summer in an Oregon orchard? - Apple

What butterfly-shaped gland is located just in front of the windpipe? - The thyroid

What's short for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"? - Laser

What planet is the brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon? - Venus

What weapon did German gunsmith August Kotter unload on the world in 1520? - The rifle

What type of machine did 19-year-old French genius Blaise Pascal invent to help his dad do taxes in 1642? - An adding machine

What do leukaemia sufferers have too many of? - White blood cells or leukocytes

What Benjamin Holt invention was good news to farmers in 1900? - The tractor

What weather phenomenon is measured by the Beaufort scale? - Wind

What do itchy people call the "rhus radicans" they were sorry they came into contact with? - Poison Ivy

What fruit were Hawaiian women once forbidden by law to eat? - Coconuts

Who invented the stump jump plough? - Robert (Richard) Brown of South Australia

In which decade was the bionic ear developed?  - 1970s

What was the first city to be levelled by a plutonium-based atomic bomb? - Nagasaki

What high-level computer language was named after a French mathematician and philosopher? - PASCAL

What Mercury astronaut had a pulse rate of 170 at lift-off-John Glenn, Alan Shepard or Gus Grissom? - Gus Grissom

What type of vessel was powered by a hand-cranked propeller when first used in combat in 1176? - A submarine

What creature proved to be much faster than a horse in a 1927 race in Sydney, Australia? - The kangaroo

What computer was introduced in 1984 Super Bowl ads? - The Macintosh

What male body part did Mademoiselle Magazine find to be the favourite of most women? - Eyes

What planet is named after the Greek god who personified the sky? - Uranus (Ouranos)

What fat substitute got FDA approval for use in snack foods, despite reports of diarrhoea and cramps? - Olestra

What plant's meltdown was dubbed "Russian Roulette" by nuclear power wags? - Chernobyl