Science, nature & technology 34

From the quiz on 8/11/16.

  1. Which chemical element has the symbol Na? Sodium

  2. Akin to ‘mule‘ for the offspring of a male donkey and female horse, what name is given to the offspring of a female donkey and male horse? Hinny

  3. In anatomy, what name, literally meaning “small hammer”, is given to each of the bony protuberances on either side of the ankle? Malleolus

  4. Which American astrophysicist and astronomer won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction for his 1977 book The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence? Carl Sagan

  5. How many bones do sharks have? 0

  6. In mathematics, Stirling’s approximation is a way of quickly and accurately approximating the value of which common mathematical function? Factorial (n!)

  7. Which planet of the Solar System was explored by the NASA space probes Viking 1 and Viking 2? Mars

  8. In entomology, what name is given to the midsection of an insect situated between the head and abdomen? Thorax

  9. By what name are trees of the genus Fraxinus more commonly known? Ash

  10. Blackwater fever, whose name alludes to the dark urine that results from the rapid destruction of red blood cells, is an uncommon but deadly complication of which disease? Malaria

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