Science, nature & technology 44

From the quiz on 13/6/17.

  1. In chemistry, a CFC is an organic compound containing which three chemical elements? Chlorine, fluorine, carbon

  2. In mathematics, what name is given to a natural number greater than 1 that is not prime? Composite number

  3. Which annual awards are presented each year by the Annals of Improbable Research to honour scientific research that “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think”? Ig Nobel Prizes

  4. Arctic, red, swift and fennec are all species of which animal? Fox

  5. What name, from the Greek for “burning up”, was given to a hypothetical substance supposed by 18th-century chemists to be responsible for combustion and given off by all burning bodies? Phlogiston

  6. Which German physicist proved the existence of radio waves and discovered the photoelectric effect in the late 1880s? (Heinrich) Hertz

  7. Elver is the name given to the young of which fish when migrating en masse upriver from the sea? Eel

  8. What is the name of the hypothetical opposite of the Big Bang in which the universe eventually collapses back to a singularity? Big Crunch

  9. On the moment magnitude scale for measuring earthquake intensity, an increase of two steps corresponds to how many times more energy being released? 1,000×

  10. The modern WIMP graphical user interface, WYSIWYG document editing, Ethernet and the laser printer were all developed in the 1970s at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a division of which American company? Xerox

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