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Polio - Polio is an acute, viral disease spread from person to person, primarily via the fecal-oral route.The controversial OPV hypothesis says that HIV was transmitted to humans from chimps after Africans took an oral vaccine that had been cultivated in chimp kidneys. What was this vaccine for?

       a. Polio
       b. Malaria
       c. Cholera
       d. Diphtheria

Joule - One BTU is the approximate amount of energy needed to heat 1 pound of water (one tenth of a UK gallon).Nowadays, the BTU is defined as 1055 of what metric unit?

       a. Watt
       b. Ampere
       c. Joule
       d. Volt

Thousand - The number 1,000 is represented by the letter M in Roman numerals and, from the Latin, K is used to represent 1000 (kilo).M and K are both used to represent what number?

       a. Thousand
       b. Twelve
       c. Hundred
       d. One

England - The first significant adaptive radiation of terrestrial life occurred during the Devonian period.The Devonian period, the fourth division of the Paleozoic Era, is named for Devonshire, which is found in what country, where that period's sedimentary rocks were first studied in the 1830s?

       a. Australia
       b. England
       c. Kenya
       d. Scotland

Between Venus and Mars - Nicolaus Copernicus was the first person to formulate a heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe.Back when people thought that the universe rotated around the Earth, where did they think the sun was?

       a. Between Venus and Mars
       b. Past Uranus
       c. Between the earth and the moon
       d. Between Jupiter and Mars

Photocopying - On October 6, 1942, Carlson received his patent on electrophotography.Chester Carlson called it xerography, from the Greek words for "dry writing." What do we call it today?

       a. Faxing
       b. Photocopying
       c. Cuneiform
       d. Hieroglyphics

Gus Grissom - Grissom was killed during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on January 27, 1967.The second American to fly in space, what Mercury astronaut had also been a front-running candidate to be the first man to land on the Moon?

       a. Gus Grissom
       b. John Glenn
       c. Buzz Aldrin
       d. Roger Chaffee

Pyrex - Due to its low expansion characteristics, borosilicate glass is often used for reflective optics in astronomy applications.What product was originally made thermal-shock resistant borosilicate glass?

       a. Pyrex
       b. Ceramics
       c. Plexiglas
       d. Safety glass

Aviation - Clifford was a wealthy real estate developer and aviator.In 1926, Clifford Harmon established a series of trophies to honor people in what scientific field?

       a. Ecology
       b. Aviation
       c. Paleontology
       d. Computing

Meteorologist - Meteorology is the scientific study of the atmosphere.You might blow hot and cold on this one, but who would most likely use a synoptic chart?

       a. Meteorologist
       b. Eye doctor
       c. Bible student
       d. Mathematician

Charles Darwin - Darwin is best known for his theory of evolution published in his 1859 book 'On the Origin of Species'.Because the shape of his nose apparently indicated a character flaw, who was initially denied a berth on the HMS Beagle by its captain, Robert Fitz Roy?

       a. Charles Darwin
       b. Robert Louis Stevenson
       c. James Cook
       d. Horatio Hornblower

Brain - According to the SCAF, clinical death is the medical term for cessation of blood circulation and breathing.What part of your body has to shut down before you're not just clinically dead, but really, irreversibly, dead?

       a. Lungs
       b. Brain
       c. Heart
       d. Appendix

Acoustics - A scientist who works in the field of acoustics is called an acoustician.Which branch of science studies sound?

       a. Botany
       b. Earth Science
       c. Acoustics
       d. Systems Theory

Red, Green and Blue - When the colours are displayed in rapid succession, the images blend together to produce a full color image as seen by the viewer.Which three colours are used to display the picture on your TV screen?

       a. Red, Green and Yellow
       b. Red, Green and Black
       c. Red, Green and Blue
       d. Red, Green and Brown

Calcium carbonate - Calcium carbonate is commonly used as a calcium supplement or as an antacid.Which of the following was traditionally a major component of blackboard chalk?

       a. Calcium carbonate
       b. Calcium bicarbonate
       c. Sodium bicarbonate
       d. Sodium bisulfate

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