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  1. #1 The Ultimate (Natural) Science Quiz! 
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    Below is a set of 71 Questions ranging from all fields of science. Try and get as many right as possible. Answers can be asked via personal message. Also some might be doubly answerable. I'd invite someone else to write an additional 30 question on social science. Try and do them without looking up, and if you do, make a note of which you did look up, and see your ratio.
    Take note, there are various difficult ones in here. Good luck!



    The Science Quiz:

    1) What is the cooling mechanism called when a meteor enters the earth atmosphere and becomes
    a meteorite, so that the meteorite hits the earth 'cold'?


    2) According to Darwin what do animals need to be most responsive to in order to be successful in
    evolution?


    3) In what kind of state is glass normally in in room temperature?


    4) Name at least two of the humans senses other then sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing.

    5) What part of our human body continues to grow after we have died?


    6) What does the abbreviation LASER stand for?

    7) In mathematics, what is the factorial of 6?

    8) What contains more molecules a kilogram of water, a kilogram of alcohol or a kilogram of Neon
    gas?


    9) What is the name of the only liquid metal at room temperature?

    10) What is the force called that makes hurricanes rotate in different directions on the two
    hemisphere's?

    11) Which cells in our body do not have a nucleus?

    12) What is the opposite action of differentiation, in such that a derivative of a function becomes the
    function again?

    13) From who were the famous words 'I doubt so I am' (Cogito ergo sum)?

    14) What is the edge of a black hole called?

    15) What did Einstein get the Nobel-prize in physics for?

    16) Who received two nobel prizes in the same field?

    17) How many coating proteins are there in the bars that make up the characteristic mosaic pattern
    on the leaves of tobacco plants. It is called the tobacco mosaic virus?

    18) Which three elementary particles are allegedly oscillating and therefore seem to have a
    preferred configurations upon arrival on earth?

    19) Name two the three most important ions in the signals that make our brain work?

    20) In Uranium enrichment, Uranium is in an atom with six other atoms that make it glow green in
    ultra-violet light. What atoms are responsible for this?

    21) If two matrices anti-commute, and you were to switch them from place in multiplication, what
    constant needs to be put in front of them?

    22) Which common pet dies when it eats too much chocolate?

    23) In quantum mechanics, What is called the theory of approximation in which a weak interaction
    is turned on?

    24) Which viscous liquid is often used in road construction?

    25) Which construction material was discovered by the Romans, forgotten in the dark ages and then
    rediscovered in the renaissance?

    26) What are the atoms called that are one electron short of being noble gases?

    27) Light bulbs are often made with Wolfram steel, but what were the very first light bulbs made of,
    making them far more durable then current day light bulbs?

    28) Which programming language, still often used today in science related programming, is based
    upon plastic cards with holes in them and therefore limits every programming line to a set
    number of characters?

    29) In an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner what part inside a body is resonating?

    30) To what people are cats generally more likely to create social bonds with?

    31) Which monkey is known to use urine to make himself more attractive for the females of his
    species?

    32) Which birds in Finland are growing more and more brown feathers instead of frey due to the
    warming of the climate?

    33) In the United states, what illness is now more often caused by oral sex then by smoking?

    34) What dinosaur had his thumb initially placed on its nose, only to be put in the right place a few
    decades later?

    35) What Australian animal has seen a rapid decline due to a rare contagious form of cancer?

    36) The only known animal capable of immortality, Turritopsis nutricula, is what kind of animal?

    37) What is the force called exerted by a magnetic field on an electrical current?

    38) Males waking up with a morning erection also called “morning wood” and “morning tent” is
    only part of a series caused during the night, and can last up to thirty minutes. What part of the
    sleep cycle causes this healthy phenomena?

    39) In what European country will the water actually be lower on places at the coast when all the ice in
    the north-pole melts?

    40) What acid commonly consumed when clubbing is also responsible for buffering our blood from
    too high toxic levels?

    41) What element has the longest name and is named after a British scientist who contributed to
    quantum physics and hired Nobel-prize winning physicist because they were good at soccer?

    42) In what layer of our atmosphere lies the Ozon layer?

    43) The sequence 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55 etc. is called what?

    44) What is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US (in 2008)?

    45) What is the S.I. Unit for inductance?

    46) What was the first 'minor planet' or planetoid discovered and named after the Roman goddess of
    farming?

    47) What is the level of hell called where all the pagans end up who have not lead a sinfull life?

    48) If a matrix is hermite, and it is multiplied by its hermite conjugate, what is the resulting matrix
    called?

    49) What is the complex number?

    50) What element other then Uranium is most often used in (nuclear) breeding reactors for breeding,
    so that the net fissile fuel usage is in fact negative.

    51) What is between 630 and 740 nanometers (that is one billionth of a meter) and is often
    associated with sex and sin?

    52) What is the largest tectonic plate?

    53) How many chambers has a human heart?

    54) When light shines through mediums other then vacuum its speed is decreased causing it to gain
    what?

    55) What cells are collected at birth from every newborn in Thailand so that in the future they might
    be used to regrow limbs?

    56) What is the blood type called that has no antigens and can therefore not receive and kind of
    blood other then it's own but give to all members having either the same Rhesus factor?

    57) What is the particle meant to be found at CERN to complete the standard model?

    58) In 1983 the length of a meter was redefined to a more infallible definition. It was defined by the
    distance of what?

    59) What is the only telescope that was given spectacles, and is popularly referred to as 'project
    white elephant'?

    60) What is the classic medium through which light waves were ascribed to propagate in?

    61) Which nobel prize winner was instructed to extract gold from seawater to pay of Germany's post
    war debts?

    62) Which norm is the strongest in a society?

    63) In classical Freudian psychoanalytic theory the child's identification with the same-sex parent is
    the successful resolution of what complex?

    64) What is the effect called when a theoretical physicist walks into a lab and experiments
    magically going horribly wrong. It was in fact so bad that the physicist it was named after was
    no longer allowed in laboratories and had to converse through closed doors.

    65) The orientation of which organic compound is responsible for all the wooden mills to rotate in
    the same direction because they would otherwise break too fast?

    66) What Dutch structure is reported to be easily visible from the International Space Station?

    67) What did Einstein's patented fridge run on?

    68) In physics, what is the only classical problem to remain unsolved?

    69) If all the humans on the planet multiplied by two (that is about 14 billion people) would stand
    shoulder to shoulder, in what European country would they all fit?

    70) What is 4 to the power of 6 divided by 8 to the power of four?

    71) If 9+7 equals 3, 5+4 equals 9, and 2 times 7 equals 1, what is 3 times 5?


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    13) From who were the famous words 'I doubt so I am' (Cogito ergo sum)?

    I think therefore I am.
    If it were "doubt" the wording would be Dubito ergo sum.
    Originally expressed in French - je pense, donc je suis.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    13) From who were the famous words 'I doubt so I am' (Cogito ergo sum)?

    I think therefore I am.
    If it were "doubt" the wording would be Dubito ergo sum.
    Originally expressed in French - je pense, donc je suis.
    In the correct translation:
    "I noticed that while I was trying to think everything false, it was necessary that I, who was thinking this, was something. And observing that this truth, "I am thinking, therefore I exist "[cogito ergo sum] was so firm and sure that all the most extravagant suppositions of the sceptics were incapable of shaking it, I decided that I could accept it without scruple as the first principle of philosophy I was seeking"
    In essence I believe that since the sentences expresses his constant contemplation and not just thinking. Thinking can attribute to many thought processes. Contemplation however is a specific thought process valueing other thoughts over another. I essence the best translation would be: "I contemplate, therefore (an) I exist(s)." This is however easier translatable as, I doubt so I am.

    Also bear in mind, most of the questions are meant to rethink what you have been taught, and many will prove to do just that. So it is good that you mention it.

    p.s. from a Latin point of view. Dubito wouldn't quite cut it. as the word itself needs a prepossition ad- to make up for the use here. addubito would be more precise. however in the intransvere form it would probably be better translate as ambigo "I have my doubt"
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    24) Which viscous liquid is often used in road construction?
    Guinness!

    (In case that is not obvious, navvies [road builders] here are traditionally Irish)
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    12) What is the opposite action of derivation
    Do you mean "differentiation"?

    34) ... decenia ...
    Even spelt correctly () decennia is not a common word in English: (n) periods of ten years. "Decades" might be better.

    39) In what European country will the water actually lower on places at the coast when all the ice in the north-pole melts?
    Should this be: "In what European country will the water actually be lower at places on the coast ..." (it is slightly ambiguous at the moment).

    p.s. I know English is not your first language; so I am just picking up on some details that might help people ...
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    69) If all the humans on the planet multiplied by two (that is about 14 billion people) would stand shoulder to shoulder, in what European country would they all fit?
    Not the answer, but entertaining: Everybody Jump
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    Are these questions written by you or pulled from somewhere else? It feels more like the Science section of Trivial Pursuit than a science quiz. Still fun, though.
    "Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." -Calvin
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    Originally Posted by Kerling
    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 
    1) What is the cooling mechanism called when a meteor enters the earth atmosphere and becomes a meteorite, so that the meteorite hits the earth 'cold'?
    I was under the impression that it wasn't so much a "cooling mechanism" as that it didn't have time to heat through.
    3) In what kind of state is glass normally in in room temperature?
    Solid.
    4) Name at least two of the humans senses other then sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing
    Proprioception, balance.
    5) What part of our human body continues to grow after we have died?
    None as far as I'm aware.
    6) What does the abbreviation LASER stand for?
    Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
    7) In mathematics, what is the factorial of 6?
    6x5x4x3x2x1 = 720.
    9) What is the name of the only liquid metal at room temperature?
    Hydrargyrum!
    10) What is the force called that makes hurricanes rotate in different directions on the two hemispheres?
    I'm tempted to say Coriolis force here
    12) What is the opposite action of derivation, in such that a derivative of a function becomes the function again?
    Integration?
    13) From who were the famous words 'I doubt so I am' (Cogito ergo sum)?
    The man who "invented" that bane of all schoolkids the graph. Descartes.
    14) What is the edge of a black hole called?
    Event horizon.
    15) What did Einstein get the Nobel-prize in physics for?
    Being clever! Specifically, explaining the photoelectric effect.
    22) Which common pet dies when it eats too much chocolate?
    Dogs.
    24) Which viscous liquid is often used in road construction?
    I prefer Guinness, but it's bitumen.
    28) Which programming language, still often used today in science related programming, is based upon plastic cards with holes in them and therefore limits every programming line to a set number of characters?
    Fortran?
    30) To what people are cats generally more likely to create social bonds with?
    In my experience they tend to go for people who are scared of/ dislike them!
    46) What was the first 'minor planet' or planetoid discovered and named after the Roman goddess of farming?
    Ceres.
    57) What is the particle meant to be found at CERN to complete the standard model?
    Higgs.
    58) In 1983 the length of a meter was redefined to a more infallible definition. It was defined by the distance of what?
    The distance travelled by light in 1/~3x10^8 seconds. I'm not giving the precise number!
    70) What is 4 to the power of 6 divided by 8 to the power of four?
    1.
    71) If 9+7 equals 3, 5+4 equals 9, and 2 times 7 equals 1, what is 3 times 5?
    2.
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    Dywyddyr, if you don't mind, I have enclosed your answers in spoiler tags.
    Disclaimer: I do not declare myself to be an expert on ANY subject. If I state something as fact that is obviously wrong, please don't hesitate to correct me. I welcome such corrections in an attempt to be as truthful and accurate as possible.

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    No prob. I never thought of that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    12) What is the opposite action of derivation
    Do you mean "differentiation"?

    34) ... decenia ...
    Even spelt correctly () decennia is not a common word in English: (n) periods of ten years. "Decades" might be better.

    39) In what European country will the water actually lower on places at the coast when all the ice in the north-pole melts?
    Should this be: "In what European country will the water actually be lower at places on the coast ..." (it is slightly ambiguous at the moment).

    p.s. I know English is not your first language; so I am just picking up on some details that might help people ...
    Thanks, much appreciated
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    Are these questions written by you or pulled from somewhere else? It feels more like the Science section of Trivial Pursuit than a science quiz. Still fun, though.
    I actually made them all myself. I found them a while back. I used to parttake in a pubquiz, that posed 8 question per subject. (originally it was 72 question, however one was only doable by format of the quiz) There were 9 quizzes, I made the questions myself. Hence some of the error's before.
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    Good quiz and had fun with it, took me ages and only got 41 answers total!, of which some of those are probarbly wrong lol.
    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

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    I got 35 I was reasonably confident of and guessed another 10. I haven't checked them all yet.

    No. 64 is intriguing ...
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    64 is one I know but can't for the life of me remember. It's only the last year or so that I read about him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    I got 35 I was reasonably confident of and guessed another 10. I haven't checked them all yet.

    No. 64 is intriguing ...
    I wasn't sure of that one either but I had a Guess at Murphy's Law, only thing that sounded close to me. Also I really want to know what 69 was, I guessed Cyprus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    I got 35 I was reasonably confident of and guessed another 10. I haven't checked them all yet.

    No. 64 is intriguing ...
    I wasn't sure of that one either but I had a Guess at Murphy's Law, only thing that sounded close to me. Also I really want to know what 69 was, I guessed Cyprus.
    It isn't Murphy's (six) laws. (of science). But the matter was discussed so gravely that the physcisist in question spend a long time discussing how it was possible with Carl Jung, but I might give away too much now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerling View Post
    It isn't Murphy's (six) laws. (of science). But the matter was discussed so gravely that the physcisist in question spend a long time discussing how it was possible with Carl Jung, but I might give away too much now.
    I successfully googled it.
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