General science questions


General Science Questions 

Each of these questions treats a commonly known subject. Many are often quite amazing. For some reason these phenomena or relatively new principles have not made it into mainstream education. 
I suspect this is one reason why the subject of Science is somewhat unpopular in schools.
Mary Wortley Montagu

1. This suggests that the role of forests and vegetation cover is a major influence or driver of the hydrological cycle on land.
A. Global Distillation B. Iron Fertilization C. Biotic Pump D.  Dark Flow E. Fecal Bacteriotherapy

2. "Variolation means:
A. The darker pigmentation that surrounds the human nipples
B. Dates from at least the 15th century when people deliberately tried to infect themselves with smallpox
C. The natural differentiation of animals into a variety of forms which is one of the engines of evolution.

3. Which of these is NOT true about Thunderstorms:
A. If you see the flashes from lightning then you have been exposed to gamma rays
B. These storms routinely produce antimatter
C. Colliding ice crystals provide the majority of the energy for a strike
D. Thunderstorms affect the Earth's Magnetosphere
E. When warnings are issued, radar has used to determine the vertical aspect of these clouds  

4. This often called the grasshopper effect is a physical & chemical process by which certain volatile chemicals hop from warmer to colder regions of the Earth, especially polar regions and mountain tops
A. Global Distillation B. Biotic Pump C. Iron FertilizationD. Fecal Bacteriotherapy EDark Flow

5. Which of these is an oddity of the seventh planet of our solar system; Uranus:
A. Its magnetic field has four equally strong poles (quadrupole)
B. The polar regions of Uranus have the same temperature and are warmer than its equator, even when one of them has been on the opposite side of the Sun for decades
C. Unlike the rest of the planets in our solar system Uranus rotates on its side
D. It has a extremely hot ocean under its surface about 6,650° C
E. All of these are true of this planet.

6. What is strange about the neck bones of a giraffe?
A. Giraffes have more bones in their neck than any other vertebrate more the seven more than the nearest competitor
B. bizarrely they have only seven bones in their necks, exactly the same as you or a dog.
C. Because males use their heads and necks as weapons, giraffes have fewer and larger neck bones than most large mammals 

7. Probably one of the only simple and effective ways of dealing with antibiotic resistant super bugs.
A. Global Distillation B.Dark Flow C. Biotic Pump D. Fecal Bacteriotherapy EIron Fertilization

8. Mitochondria or membrane-enclosed organelles found in most eukaryotic cells are
A. symbiotic bacteria  B. little glucose factories C. repositories for most of the RNA inside a cell
D. thought to be responsible for some of the observed paternal genetic expressions (Epigenetics) E. all are true

9. Earnest Rutherford is called the first succesful Alchemist because he
A. bombarded uranium with neutrons to produce plutonium
B. used alpha particles to transmute nitrogen into oxygen
C. by smashing high energy helium ions into berylium he transformed this rare metal into carbon
D. using nuclear magnetic resonance he was able to change a very small amount of lead into gold 

10. This effect was discovered by John Martin and explains why there are not a lot of fish in the middle of an ocean.
A.Fecal Bacteriotherapy BGlobal Distillation CIron Fertilization D. Dark Flow E.  Biotic Pump

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Professor of English
Ecole des Mines
158 cours Fauriel