Science, nature & technology 48

From the quiz on 5/9/17.

  1. What is the common name of the tree with binomial name Aesculus hippocastanum, whose nuts are known as conkers? Horse chestnut

  2. Preparation H is a common brand of medication for treating which inflammatory condition in humans? Haemorrhoids/piles

  3. Which Italian mathematician lends his name to a sequence of positive integers beginning 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …, with each successive number the sum of the previous two? Fibonacci

  4. To which animal does the word ‘vulpine’ pertain? Fox

  5. What name, from the Greek for “different manner”, is given to any of the physical forms in which a chemical element can exist, such as graphite and diamond for carbon? Allotrope

  6. The shoebill, grey crowned crane and kori bustard are bird species native to which continent? Africa

  7. In physiology, what is the common name for thrombocytes, disc-shaped cell fragments that play a crucial role in blood clotting? Platelets

  8. What is the current geological era? Cenozoic

  9. Saturn, the least dense planet in the Solar System, consists predominantly of which chemical element? Hydrogen

  10. Which English scientist lends his surname to a type of cage that shields against electromagnetic fields? (Michael) Faraday

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