Science, nature & technology 37

From the quiz on 7/2/17.

  1. Which SI prefix denotes a factor of 10⁻⁶ (one millionth) and is represented by the Greek letter µ? Micro-

  2. Which human organ is affected by trachoma, keratitis and strabismus? Eye

  3. Dysnomia is the only known moon of which dwarf planet, named after the Greek goddess of strife and discord? Eris

  4. What is the maximum number of electrons that an atom’s innermost electron shell can accommodate? 2

  5. Which American scientist won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 for research into chemical bonds and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962 for his many campaigns against nuclear weapons testing? Linus Pauling

  6. Of which two words is the name of the programming language MATLAB an abbreviation? Matrix laboratory

  7. What is the common name for any spider of the genus Maratus, whose males flaunt their extremely colourful upper abdomens during courtship? Peacock spider

  8. In mathematics, what geometric name is given to the set of positive integers of the form n(n+1)/2? Triangle numbers

  9. Which silvery alkali metal, with atomic number 55, takes its name from the Latin for “blue–grey” because of the distinctive blue lines in its emission spectrum? Caesium

  10. The lighter knismesis, which can be performed on oneself, and the stronger gargalesis, which cannot, are the two types of which common human action? Tickling


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