Science & Nature Quiz Questions

Quiz Round 01

  1. What name is given to the weather phenomenon that can affect ships/planes (typically in a thunderstorm), whereby a luminous plasma is created on a pointed object (e.g. ship’s mast/plane’s wings) in a strong electrical field in the atmosphere?
  2. St Elmo’s Fire

  3. What is the largest type of shark?
  4. Whale shark

  5. Which planet is second closest to the sun?
  6. Venus

  7. Which arteries carry blood to the neck to the head?
  8. Carotid

  9. In 1992 which scientist and philosopher was absolved of heresy by the Vatican?
  10. Galileo Galilei

  11. If I were to die of “Exsanguination”, how would I have died?
  12. Bleeding to death

  13. What is the only bird that can fly backwards?
  14. Hummingbird

  15. What colour are the flowers of the lily of the valley?
  16. White

  17. Who discovered penicillin?
  18. Alexander Fleming

  19. What is the chemical formula for sulphuric acid?
  20. H2SO4

Quiz Round 02

  1. What colour are the flowers of the saffron?
  2. Purple

  3. Which is the smallest native British deer?
  4. Roe

  5. For what is ‘laser’ an acronym?
  6. Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

  7. What colour does litmus paper turn in the presence of alkali?
  8. Blue

  9. Au is the chemical symbol of which metal?
  10. Gold

  11. What colour is a lobster’s blood?
  12. Blue

  13. What is the name for the male reproductive organ of a flower?
  14. Stamen

  15. What colour are the flowers of wild garlic?
  16. White

  17. Which sea creature is known to sometimes eat itself when it becomes unduly stressed?
  18. Octopus

  19. What colour is the gem peridot?
  20. (pale) green

Quiz Round 03

  1. The Colorado Beetle preys on which plant in particular?
  2. Potato

  3. Which organ is affected by cirrhosis?
  4. Liver

  5. What does the AM stand for in radio terms?
  6. Amplitude Modulation

  7. What term is used for a billionth of a second?
  8. Nanosecond

  9. By what name do we more commonly know the part of the body with the clinical name the umbilicus?
  10. Naval / Belly Button

  11. What is the largest wild mammal native to mainland Britain?
  12. Red Deer

  13. Brass is an alloy of which two metals?
  14. Copper & zinc

  15. What is diplopia more commonly know as?
  16. Double vision

  17. How many humps does a dromedary camel have?
  18. 1

  19. How many protons are there in a regular Oxygen atom?
  20. 8

Quiz Round 04

  1. Who wrote “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection”?
  2. Charles Darwin

  3. Which illness is caused by excess uric acid?
  4. Gout

  5. What vitamin in carrots is said to aid vision?
  6. Vitamin A

  7. How many extra inches of cloth do you buy if you purchase a metre instead of a yard? (nearest inch)
  8. Three (3.37)

  9. Which wild animals have their own tunnel under the M5 motorway near Exeter?
  10. Badgers

  11. What is the chemical symbol for Mercury?
  12. Hg

  13. Why did Louise Brown become famous in 1978?
  14. First test tube baby

  15. Which metal did it become necessary to hallmark after 1972?
  16. Platinum

  17. Which part of the body doesn’t work quite so well if it is blocked up with cerumen?
  18. The ear

  19. Which is the only vitamin not to be found in an egg?
  20. Vitamin C

Quiz Round 05

  1. For what does the acronym DVD stand?
  2. Digital Versatile Disc

  3. True or false:  The dishwasher was invented by a woman?
  4. True (Josephine Cochrane in 1803)

  5. Which insects account for the most human deaths?
  6. Mosquitos

  7. Starting with the planet closest to the sun and moving away from it, what is the order of the 8 main plants in the Milky Way?
  8. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

  9. Which animal is the source of cashmere?
  10. Goat

  11. How many pairs of ribs does an average man have?
  12. 12

  13. What does the ‘a’ stand for in Newton’s second law of motion (F = ma)?
  14. Acceleration

  15. What is the word ‘pixel’ short for?
  16. Picture Element

  17. What 2 species of deer are native to Britain?
  18. Red and Roe

  19. How many wings does a bee have?
  20. 4

Quiz Round 06

  1. What Polish astronomer demonstrated in 1512 that the sun is the centre of the solar system?
  2. Nicholas Copernicus

  3. What is the horn on a Rhinoceros made of?
  4. Keratin (same protein for making hair and fingernails)

  5. Which animal’s name literally means river horse (in ancient Greek)?
  6. Hippopotamus

  7. Which fox-faced monkey-like small creatures are found almost entirely in Madagascar?
  8. Lemurs

  9. What was the name of the comet that made its closest approach to Earth on March 22 1997?
  10. Hale Bopp

  11. How many hearts does an Octopus have?
  12. 3

  13. What is the upper layer of a rainforest called?
  14. The canopy

  15. Where does an Otter live?
  16. Holt

  17. British Landrace, Pietrain and Tamworth are what sort of animals?
  18. Pigs

  19. The cathode rays in a cathode tube are actually a stream of which particles?
  20. Electrons

Quiz Round 07

  1. In the field of electronics, for what do the letters CRT stand?
  2. Cathode Ray Tube

  3. Aurora Borealis is the more exotic name for what natural phenomena?
  4. Northern Lights

  5. What is the chemical formula for ammonia?
  6. NH3

  7. In the human body which gland secretes the hormone insulin?
  8. Pancreas

  9. What element is mixed with iron to make cast iron?
  10. Carbon

  11. Which part of the Redshank bird is red?
  12. Legs

  13. What condition is known by the acronym SAD?
  14. Seasonal Affective Disorder

  15. Where in your body would you find your Sartorius muscle?
  16. In your leg

  17. How many pairs of chromosomes are there in a normal human cell?
  18. 23

  19. What bird is the symbol of the RSPB?
  20. Avocet

Quiz Round 08

  1. What is the chemical symbol for tin?
  2. Sn

  3. What type of ‘sphere’ is the lowest level of the atmosphere?
  4. Troposphere

  5. What name is given to a Beaver’s home?
  6. Lodge

  7. What vitamin is required in blood clotting?
  8. Vitamin K

  9. Which of the planets in our solar system orbits closest to the sun?
  10. Mercury

  11. Where on your body would you find your Philtrum?
  12. Between top lip and nose

  13. What crop can be devastated by the boll weevil?
  14. Cotton

  15. What is the name of the principal protein in milk and cheese, accounting for c.80% of all proteins in these products?
  16. Casein

  17. What name is given to the soft patch on a new born baby’s skull?
  18. Fontanel

  19. Walter Hunt is commonly accredited with having (re)invented which ‘SP’ in 1849?
  20. Safety Pin

Quiz Round 09

  1. Which law states that at a constant temperature, the pressure of a gas is inversely proportional to its volume?
  2. Boyle’s Law

  3. The collective noun for this animal could be a bevy or a wedge. What animal is this?
  4. Swan

  5. What is the more common name for the Vitamin B2?
  6. Riboflavin

  7. What is kept in an ossuary?
  8. Bones

  9. After the sun, what is the closest star to Earth?
  10. Proxima Centuari

  11. What is the SI unit of illumination?
  12. Lux

  13. What is the mathematical constant Pi to four decimal places?
  14. 3.1416

  15. What unit of power is defined as moving 550 pounds by 1 foot in 1 second?
  16. Horsepower

  17. What name is given to the fin on a fish’s back?
  18. Dorsal

  19. What is the name given to a triangle with 3 sides of different length?
  20. Scalene

Quiz Round 10

  1. What is the world’s largest land based carnivore?
  2. Polar Bear

  3. Mute and Whooper are 2 of the 3 main varieties of swan found in Britain.  What is the third?
  4. Bewick

  5. What British butterfly shares its name with a punctuation mark?
  6. Comma

  7. What name is given to a female ferret?
  8. Jill

  9. When iron or steel is galvanised, with what is it electrically coated?
  10. Zinc

  11. What specific characteristic distinguishes and defined animals described as ‘ungulates’?
  12. They have hooves

  13. What name is given to an adult male swan?
  14. Cob

  15. Which medical condition is caused by an excess of bile in the bloodstream?
  16. Jaundice

  17. No longer an official unit in any nation, what term was used to describe the distance that a person, or horse, could walk in one hour (usually about 3.5 miles or 5.5 km)?
  18. League

  19. What is the name given to the group of drugs that elevate the rate of urination through the kidneys?
  20. Diuretics

Quiz Round 11

  1. What part of the head is also a place of worship?
  2. Temple

  3. What herd is used to make pesto?
  4. Basil

  5. Prorata, what fruit contains the highest number of calories and protein?
  6. Avocado

  7. What fraction is denoted by the prefix ‘nano’?
  8. One billionth (10 to the power minus 9)

  9. To the nearest thousand, how many square yards are there in one acre?
  10. 4840 (ie.5000 – approx. 70x70yds) or 4046m2 – originally an approximation of how much land an ox could plough in a day – one furlong by one chain

  11. What metal is an alloy of lead and tin?
  12. Pewter

  13. What name is given to the group of drugs that elevate the rate of urination through the kidneys?
  14. DIURETICS

  15. Also present in the UK, what is the smallest bird in Europe?
  16. Goldcrest

  17. True or False:  If you have your tonsils removed they can grow back?
  18. TRUE

  19. Obstetrics is the study of what?
  20. Childbirth / Pregnancy

Quiz Round 12

  1. The aardvark is a native of what continent?
  2. Africa

  3. What acid give nettles their sting?
  4. Formic acid

  5. Marble is a non-foliated metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals.  But was kind of rock/stone is it?
  6. Limestone

  7. What animal lives in a drey?
  8. Squirrel

  9. How many categories of Nobel Prize are there?
  10. 6 (Medicine, Literature, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Peace)

  11. What is the world’s largest invertebrate?
  12. Colossal or Atlantic or Giant Cranch Squid

  13. What is the technical name for the collarbone?
  14. Clavicle

  15. How frequently does Halley’s Comet pass by the Earth? (nearest 5 years)
  16. 75-76 years

  17. The sun is principally made up of Hydrogen and which other gas?
  18. Helium

  19. With which gas (along with some Nitrogen) are normal light bulbs filled with to prevent the filament from burning up?
  20. Argon

Quiz Round 13

  1. Which colour (of visible light) has the longest wavelength?
  2. Red (c700nm, with violet the shortest at c400nm)

  3. What is the boiling point of water using the Kelvin scale?
  4. 373K

  5. What was the 1st human invention that broke the sound barrier?
  6. Whip

  7. What word is used to describe an angle between 90 and 180 degrees?
  8. Obtuse

  9. What is the plural of mongoose?
  10. Mongooses

  11. Which letter does not appear in the Periodic table of elements?
  12. J

  13. If cats are feline, what are sheep?
  14. Ovine

  15. The atom smashing LHC in Geneva was initially turned on in 2008, but for what does LHC stand?
  16. Large Hadron Collider

  17. In computing, what does the acronym USB stand for?
  18. Universal Serial Bus

  19. What motor manufacturer is generally accredited with having invented the gasoline powered motor car?
  20. Karl Benz

Quiz Round 14

  1. Who invented the aqualung?
  2. Jacques Cousteau

  3. What deer is not actually a deer but a member of the caribou family?
  4. Reindeer

  5. What is the only internal organ in the human body capable of regeneration?
  6. Liver

  7. How many degrees of the Earth’s surface does the sun travel across in one hour?
  8. 15

  9. What is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust?
  10. Aluminium

  11. What is the common name of iron pyrites?
  12. Fool’s gold

  13. What is the speed of sound to the nearest 50mph? (within 20mph either side)
  14. 760mph (1200kph) (740-780 range))

  15. What is an Archimedes screw used to lift?
  16. Water

  17. What common bird has the Latin name Pica Pica?
  18. Magpie

  19. The now extinct dodo was endemic to which island?
  20. Mauritius

Quiz Round 15

  1. What is the largest internal organ in the human body?
  2. Liver

  3. What do camels store in their humps?
  4. Fat

  5. What are the four principal types of tooth called?
  6. Incisors, Canines, Pre-molars and Molars

  7. How many zeros would you associate with the metric prefix ‘giga’?
  8. 9

  9. What metal is the best conductor of electricity?
  10. Silver (Copper close behind but cheaper)

  11. What is the medical name for the small channel between your top lip and your nose?
  12. Philtrum

  13. What is the collective noun for a group of monkeys?
  14. Troop

  15. Which company co-invented the compact disc with Sony?
  16. Phillips

  17. From what plant do you get vanilla?
  18. Orchid

  19. Entomology is the study of which creatures?
  20. Insects

Quiz Round 16

  1. What are the only monkeys native to Europe?

Barbary apes

  • In what kind of terrain are you mist likely to find an Ibex or wild goat?
  • Mountains

  • What is the main element in steel?
  • Iron

  • A leveret is the young of which animal?
  • Hare

  • What term is given to a piece of rock or metal from space that reaches the surface of the Earth?
  • Meteorite

  • For what purpose would you use VOIP?
  • Phone call over internet (Voice Over Internet Protocol)

  • Which subatomic particles are found in the nucleus of an atom?
  • Protons and Neutrons

  • Reed, Marsh, Sedge and Grasshopper are varieties of which bird?
  • Warbler

  • What is the longest bone in the human body?
  • Femur (thighbone)

  • What is the mathematical series that starts 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 called?
  • Fibonacci Series

    Quiz Round 17

    1. What term is used in mathematics for a number, such as Pi or √2, which cannot be expressed as a fraction?
    2. Irrational number

    3. After the elephant, what is the next largest land mammal on the planet?
    4. (White) Rhino

    5. What marine animal has the same name as a flowering plant?
    6. Anemone

    7. What is the name given to the change in direction of a light wave due to a change in its speed?
    8. Refraction

    9. What is the name given to the twice yearly occurrence of equal daytime and night-time hours?
    10. Equinox

    11. Why might you go and see a phlebotomist?
    12. To take your blood

    13. Pluto recently lost its official status as a planet.  What is it now classed as?
    14. Dwarf planet

    15. What are the moving Earth’s plates called?
    16. Tectonic plates

    17. What well known website started life as “Jerry’s Guide to the world wide web”?
    18. Yahoo!

    19. What name is given to the process of transformation directly from a solid phase to a gaseous phase? (i.e. without passing through an intermediate liquid phase)
    20. Sublimation

    Quiz Round 18

    1. If 8 bits make a byte, what do 4 bits make?
    2. Nibble

    3. To the nearest whole number, how many revolutions does the moon make around the earth in a calendar year?
    4. 13

    5. What are the two species of camel called?
    6. Dromedary and Bactrian

    7. What powers an eolic power station?
    8. Wind

    9. Which planet has 27 known moons, all of which are named after Shakespearian characters?
    10. Uranus

    11. What does a Moh’s scale measure?
    12. Hardness of substances

    13. To within 5, how many bones are there (combined) in your two hands (including your wrists)?
    14. 54 (accept 49-59)

    15. Which chemical element can readily be isolated/obtained from seaweed?
    16. Iodine

    17. What is the name of the phenomenon which causes sound to change pitch as the source moves relative to the listener?
    18. Doppler Effect/Shift

    19. What does VTOL mean when applied to an aircraft?
    20. Vertical Take Off and Landing