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  • What gas becomes a superfluid when cooled to absolute zero?
    helium
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  • How often does Halley's Comet pass Earth?
    every 76 years
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  • What is the symbol for silver?
    Ag
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  • If you ‘have sticky fingers’, you’re…?
    a thief
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  • If you’re ‘cool as a …’, you’re someone who’s very calm and relaxed.
    cucumber
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  • ‘To buy a …’ means to buy something (usually a motor vehicle) that doesn’t work well and is therefore worthless.
    lemon
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  • If you exaggerate the severity of a situation, you ‘make a mountain out of a …’?
    molehill
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  • Before you can face the cold outside, you have to … up, which means to get dressed warmly.
    bundle
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  • Jack … (also called “Old Man Winter”) is an old character who goes around and nips (gently bites) at people’s noses and toes during winter.
    Frost
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  • The coldest, darkest time of winter is known as ‘the … of winter’.
    dead
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  • “Brace yourself” means “…yourself.”
    prepare
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  • ‘Putting something on …’ means delaying or pausing it until later.
    ice
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  • The idiom ‘walking on thin …’ means to be in a risky situation that can easily go bad.
    ice
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  • What is the fastest flying bird in the world?
    peregrine falcon
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  • What is the gestation period of a blue whale?
    10-12 months
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  • What is the smallest mammal in the world?
    bumblebee bat
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  • How far away can a wolf smell its prey?
    nearly 3 km
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  • What is the world's most poisonous spider?
    Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria nigriventer) or banana spider
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  • What percentage of a cat's bones are in its tail?
    10%
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  • The US Navy has trained … to find enemy swimmers, locate underwater mines, and guard nuclear arsenals.
    bottlenose dolphins (as well as sea lions)
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  • How many times does a giant panda poop each day?
    40 times
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  • What is the most common element in the human body?
    oxygen
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  • What is the scientific term for the production of light by living organisms?
    bioluminescence
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  • Unlike most other fish, sharks have no…?
    bones
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  • What illness accounted for 40% of U. S. military casualties during World War I?
    influenza/flu
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  • Which organ do insects NOT have?
    lungs
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  • What living animal has the heaviest brain?
    Sperm whale (9 kg)
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  • What was the first genetically engineered organism?
    Tobacco (1983)
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  • How many separate functions does the human liver have?
    over 500
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  • What is the only human body part that can't repair itself?
    teeth
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  • Which fruit is a hybrid of the pomelo and mandarin/tangerine?
    orange
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  • When was the idea of the atom first introduced?
    450 BC
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  • An earthquake that measures 8 on the Richter Scale would be how many times stronger than an earthquake that measures 4 on the same scale?
    10,000 times
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  • What is the gestation period of a hippopotamus?
    8 months
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  • In what type of matter are atoms most tightly packed?
    solids
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  • In 2004, what was discovered on the island of Flores in Indonesia?
    The remains of a hobbit-sized human, no more than 1 m tall
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  • What planet has the most moons?
    Jupiter
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  • Hurricanes only form over …?
    warm water
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  • How many brains did a Stegosaurus have?
    1
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  • What instrument is used to measure wind speed?
    anemometer
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  • Where are the 3 smallest bones in the human body?
    middle ear
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  • Who invented the first battery?
    Alessandro Volta, in 1800
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  • What layer of the Earth's atmosphere makes radio communications possible?
    ionosphere
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  • What is a hummingbird's heart rate while in flight?
    1,260 beats per minute
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  • What is the most abundant element in the Universe?
    hydrogen
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  • How many eggs does a queen bee lay per day?
    2,000
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  • How many patents did Thomas Edison accumulate during his lifetime?
    2,332
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  • What is the name of the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere?
    troposphere
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  • What percentage of the cells in your body are bacteria?
    90% bacteria and only 10% human cells
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  • When did Delaware achieve statehood?
    1787
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  • When did Pennsylvania achieve statehood?
    1787
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  • When did New Jersey achieve statehood?
    1787
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  • How much does the average cumulus cloud weigh?
    500,000 kg
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  • What is the strongest living creature on Earth?
    Gonorrhea bacterium capable of pulling up to 100,000 times its own body weight!
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  • How long does it take for light to travel from the Sun's surface to the Earth?
    8 minutes and 20 seconds
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  • What is the largest living structure on Earth?
    Great Barrier Reef
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  • How long does it take an individual blood cell to make a complete circuit of the body?
    60 seconds/1 minute
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  • The average person has about … liters of blood.
    5
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  • How many earthquakes are there worldwide each year?
    over 1 million
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  • How fast can lava flow?
    over 60 km/h
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  • How often do your taste buds regenerate?
    every 10 days
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  • Who invented dynamite?
    Alfred Nobel
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  • When will the sun run out of fuel?
    in 5 billion years
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  • How much skin will the average person shed during their lifetime?
    over 50 kg
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  • CH3COOH is the chemical formula for what common household item?
    vinegar
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  • Mycology is the study of what?
    fungi
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  • How many legs do spiders have?
    8
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  • How many km of blood vessels are there in the human body?
    over 160,000
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  • What discovery earned Wilhelm Röntgen the first Nobel Prize for Physics?
    X-rays
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  • Why are sharks and rays different from other fish?
    They have no bones.
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  • What is the smallest biological unit of a living organism?
    cell
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  • What is the symbol for Potassium?
    K (derived from Neo-Latin, kalium)
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  • What scientist discovered X-rays?
    Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895
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  • Who invented the telescope?
    Hans Lippershey in 1608
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  • What has the highest atomic number of any non-radioactive element?
    lead
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  • What is Jupiter's largest moon?
    Ganymede
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  • What is the hottest planet in our solar system?
    Venus
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  • The Earth's core is composed primarily of what substance?
    an iron-nickel alloy
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  • What is the windiest planet in our solar system?
    Neptune
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  • What is the largest planet in our solar system?
    Jupiter
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  • What is the functional unit of heredity?
    gene
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  • What type of cloud is characterized by thin, wispy strands?
    Cirrus
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  • Which serial killer's intelligence, charm, and good looks were emphasized in media coverage of his murder trial in Florida in 1978?
    Ted Bundy
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  • Early photographers made their images on…
    glass
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  • What did I.M. Pei design outside the Louvre, in Paris?
    a pyramid
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  • What animal often symbolizes peace in art?
    dove
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  • What is the standard unit of kinetic energy?
    Joule
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  • What is the energy called an object possesses due to its motion?
    kinetic
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  • What is the average number of readers for a published scientific paper?
    0.6
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  • What do scientists use to clean up radioactive waste?
    sunflowers
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  • Herpetology is the study of what?
    reptiles
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  • What do you call the application of science to criminal investigation?
    Forensic science
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  • Stephen Hawking was a vigorous supporter of what interpretation of quantum mechanics?
    many-worlds
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  • Who painted "The Starry Night"?
    Vincent van Gogh
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  • Name the church where Leonardo da Vinci's famous fresco the "Last Supper" is painted.
    Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan
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  • Which art movement, first in painting and later in music, developed in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
    Impressionism
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  • What was the method of execution for King Charles I of England?
    beheading
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  • What happened to the bodies of former Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family after they were slaughtered?
    They were burned.
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  • What is the oldest city in the United States?
    St. Augustine
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  • In which state is Harvard University located?
    Massachusetts
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  • What inorganic molecule does lightning produce?
    ozone (O3)
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