We come into contact with much more scientific terminology and information in our everyday lives than we realize. So you need to be a genuine brain to decipher all of them. See whether you're a scientific whiz by taking this test!
What’s a meteorological term for an enormous tidal wave?
Tsunamis are giant waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea.
What is a group of fish called?
A school is a group of the same fish species swimming together in synchrony; turning, twisting and forming sweeping, glinting shapes in the water.
What does the pH level of a substance tell you about it?
The pH scale measures whether there is more hydronium or hydroxide in a solution. In other words, it tells us how basic or acidic the solution is. A lower pH means something is more acidic, also known as a stronger acid. A higher pH means it is more alkaline or a stronger base.
What is the process by which plants convert light to energy?
Which of these is NOT a component of blood?
Blood is a specialized body fluid. It has four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
What instrument is used to measure the magnitude of earthquake?
The Richter scale measures the largest wiggle (amplitude) on the recording, but other magnitude scales measure different parts of the earthquake.
What is the term for when life begins to sprout from a seed?
The beginning of the growth of a seed into a seedling is known as germination. All seeds need water, oxygen and the right temperature to germinate.
What optical illusion occurs when light distorts or displaces a distant image?
Mirages are multiple images formed by atmospheric refraction.
What is Polaris otherwise known as?
The North Star
Polaris, also called Alpha Ursae Minoris, Earth’s present northern polestar, or North Star, at the end of the “handle” of the so-called Little Dipper in the constellation Ursa Minor.
What type of navigation/detection is used by bats and dolphins?
Echolocation is a technique used by bats, dolphins and other animals to determine the location of objects using reflected sound. This allows the animals to move around in pitch darkness, so they can navigate, hunt, identify friends and enemies, and avoid obstacles.
What is the congenital condition in which a living thing has no pigmentation, resulting in white hair and pink eyes?
Albinism is the congenital absence of melanin in an animal, plant, or person, resulting in white hair, feathers, scales and skin and pink eyes. Individuals with the condition are referred to as albino.
Which of these is NOT a type of cloud?
The different types of clouds are cumulus, cirrus, stratus and nimbus.
Who discovered sterilization and pasteurization?
Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization.
According to legend, an apple tree led to which scientific discovery?
Newton’s apple tree is intertwined with his discovery of the law of gravitation – a story Newton himself told.
Which plant species is considered carnivorous?
The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina.
What do you call the green pigments that give plants their green color?
Chlorophyll gives plants their green color because it does not absorb the green wavelengths of white light. That particular light wavelength is reflected from the plant, so it appears green.
What device do you light when you need an open flame and/or heat for a science experiment?
A Bunsen burner, named after Robert Bunsen, is a kind of ambient air gas burner used as laboratory equipment; it produces a single open gas flame, and is used for heating, sterilization, and combustion.
Which element has the symbol “Cu”?
Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu and atomic number 29. It is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity.
What does hematophagy mean in animals?
They feed on blood
Hematophagy is the practice of certain animals of feeding on blood. Since blood is a fluid tissue rich in nutritious proteins and lipids that can be taken without enormous effort, hematophagy has evolved as a preferred form of feeding in many small animals such as worms and arthropods.
What mineral is colloquially known as “fool’s gold”?
“Fool’s Gold” is technically known as pyrite or iron sulfide (FeS2) and is one of the most common sulfide minerals.
What superlative status does the blue whale have?
Loudest animal in the ocean
Most ancient living species
Biggest animal on Earth
Blue whales have been known to grow as long as 98 feet, making them the largest animals on land or in the sea. The African Elephant is considered the largest animal on land.
What is the closest galaxy to the Milky Way?
Despite the immense distance, Andromeda is the closest large galaxy to our Milky Way, and it’s bright enough in the night sky that it’s visible to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere.
What concept in physics states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and an object in rest tends to stay at rest?
The First Law: Inertia. Newton’s first law of motion describes inertia. According to this law, a body at rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion, unless acted on by a net external force.
What is it called when an animal can glow in the dark?
Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. Bioluminescent creatures are found throughout marine habitats, from the ocean surface to the deep seafloor.
What does a barometer measure?
A barometer measures atmospheric pressure in units of measurement called atmospheres or bars.
Turquoise is a hydrate phosphate of aluminum and which metal?
Turquoise is composed of hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. It forms when circulating water alters other aluminum-rich rocks in desert environments. Turquoise has a slightly waxy appearance and can range in color from blue to shades of green and yellowish gray.
Which of these is the weakest type of storm?
The weakest tropical cyclones are called tropical depressions. If a depression intensifies such that its maximum sustained winds reach 39 miles per hour , the tropical cyclone becomes a tropical storm.
The Alvarez hypothesis claims that an asteroid caused what event?
The extinction of the dinosaurs
The formation of the Grand Canyon
The beginning of the ice age
The extinction of the dinosaurs
The Alvarez hypothesis posits that the mass extinction of the dinosaurs and many other living things during the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event was caused by the impact of a large asteroid on the Earth.
Which subatomic particle has a negative charge?
A third type of subatomic particle, electrons, move around the nucleus. The electrons have a negative electrical charge. An atom usually contains an equal number of positively charged protons and negatively charged electrons.
Pyroclastic flow is associated with what part of nature?
A pyroclastic flow is a dense, fast-moving flow of solidified lava pieces, volcanic ash, and hot gases. It occurs as part of certain volcanic eruptions.
The apatosaurus was once thought to be a related species of which similar dinosaur?
Apatosaurus excelsus was the original type species of Brontosaurus, first named by Marsh in 1879.
Earth’s atmosphere is composed primarily of which element?
Earth’s atmosphere is composed of about 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and one percent other gases. These gases are found in layers (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, and exosphere) defined by unique features such as temperature and pressure.
At what temperature does water boil?
212 degrees Fahrenheit
This temperature is equivalent to 100 degrees Celsius. The actual boiling point can vary with altitude.
What is the name for the layer of plasma around stars, including the Sun?
The corona of the Sun is easiest to see when a total solar eclipse takes place. Special instruments can be used to observe the corona as well.
What is the outermost layer of Earth?
The crust is the outermost layer of Earth.
What is the study of birds called?
Ornithology is a branch of zoology that concerns the “methodological study and consequent knowledge of birds with all that relates to them.” Several aspects of ornithology differ from related disciplines, due partly to the high visibility and the aesthetic appeal of birds.
What is this ancient bug-like creature?
Trilobites are extinct marine arthropods that form the class Trilobita. Trilobites form one of the earliest-known groups of arthropods.
What is the chemical symbol for gold?
Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and atomic number 79, making it one of the higher atomic number elements that occur naturally.
What is the term for the naming system used for living species, like plants and animals?
What do you call a group of crows?
A group of crows is called a “murder.” There are several different explanations for the origin of this term, mostly based on old folk tales and superstitions. For instance, there is a folktale that crows will gather and decide the capital fate of another crow.
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