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#1. Which venomous spider is also known as the Button or Redback Spider?

#2. In nature, of which tree is the acorn the fruit?

#3. What is the name given to a female Elephant?

#4. The cranesbill is so called because of the shape of which part?

#5. Which bird can be described as Turdine?

#6. Thomas Edison perfected the light bulb in 1879 but who is credited with inventing it?

#7. On a horse where is the dock?

#8. What does the ‘P’ stand for in the computer abbreviation HTTP?

#9. Which surgeon performed the first human heart transplant?

#10. There are 5 basic types of dog coat. Long, short, silky and non-shedding curly are 4 of them. What is the other type?

#11. What substance does the Lachrymal glands produce?

#12. Which chemical compound did Scottish Professor Joseph Black discover?

#13. The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa is based in which city in the Republic of the Congo?

#14. Which German scientist proved that the planets orbit the sun in Ellipses?

#15. Which creature can be described as Orygine?

#16. What word is used to describe a chemical crystal, which loses part of its water of crystallisation to the air?

#17. What name is given to the study of human anatomy?

#18. Which planet did Mariner 9 photograph in 1971-1972?

#19. Alternatively called ‘turnip cabbage’, which vegetable, rich in Potassium and Vitamin C has its root eaten?

#20. In the animal kingdom frogs, toads and newts belong to which class of vertebrates?

#21. Bursitis is the technical name for which common ailment?

#22. Which planet has at least 15 moons all of which are named after Shakespearian characters?

#23. Which vegetable has the scientific name Allium Porrum?

#24. Which vitamin is essential for the blood clotting process?

#25. What is mastication?

#26. What type of plant produces vanilla?

#27. Chinchillas take regular baths in what to keep their fur coat soft?

#28. Anna Freud is a?

#29. Jane Goodall is famous for studying what animal?

#30. Dian Fossey is an expert on?

#31. Mae Carol Jemison an American physician was the first African American woman to?

#32. Chien Shiung-Wu is an American physicist who?

#33. Grace Murray Hopper was a world-class American Mathematician and Computer Scientist but she was also?

#34. Dixie Lee Ray became?

#35. Margaret Mead became world famous in the field of?

#36. Florence Sabin used microscopes to study?

#37. In 2004 Linda B. Buck won a Nobel prize in?

#38. Between 1901 and 2009 a Nobel prize has been awarded to a woman how many times?

#39. Professor Elizabeth Blackburn became the first Australian woman to receive a Nobel Prize. In what field of science did Professor Blackburn achieve such a significant success?

#40. In 2010 he Australian science organization the CSIRO entered into a patent battle against major IT companies for the unauthorized use of their invention, what was it?

#41. In 2009 Australian scientists discovered the most complete skeleton of an ancient animal and called it Australovenator. What was this animal?

#42. The youngest Nobel Prize winner was an Australian scientist, whose name was?

#43. Barry Marshall received a Nobel Prize in 2005 for his discovery in medicine. What actually did he discover?

#44. Howard Florey, born in Adelaide, made a discovery, which subsequently saved millions of lives around the world. What did he discover?

#45. This scientist was twice nominated for Nobel Prize in the field of virology, but he actually earned the Prize for his achievements in immunology. What is the name of this scientist?

#46. By 2010 how many Nobel Prizes were awarded to Australians?

#47. Most of the Nobel Prizes, awarded to Australians, were given for the scientific works in the field of?

#48. In 1994 Australian scientists from CSIRO agency discovered a new deadly virus, which was called Hendra virus. What was this virus named after?

#49. Australian science research agency CSIRO developed a specific Australian diet, which is called to prevent major health risks, such as hypertension and overweight. What’s its name?

#50. Which of these was not invented in Australia?

#51. In 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick discovered?

#52. Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington was a British physicist of the early 20th century. The Eddington Limit refers to?

#53. Henry Cavendish discovered, what he called, inflammable air. What do we call it today?

#54. John Snow (1813-1858) is considered one of the founders of epidemiology because of his work identifying the source of transmission of?

#55. Alan Turing is most associated with?

#56. The unit the Farad is named after chemist and physicist Michael Faraday. What does a Farad unit measure?

#57. Which Scotsman formulated classical electromagnetic theory?

#58. What did Herchel Smith, a University of Manchester researcher, create in 1961?

#59. The proposal of strained quantum-well lasers by Brit Alf Adams has led to?

#60. The loudest sound that can be produced by a living animal is up to 188 decibels and detectable as far away as 530 miles. This sound is produced by?

#61. The largest cave in the world, the Sarawak Chamber, is 2,300 feet (701 meters) long, 980 feet (299 meters) wide, and more than 230 feet (70 meters) high. It’s in which country?

#62. Trapping strategies such as Pitfall traps, Flypaper traps, Snap traps, Bladder traps and Lobster-pot traps are all techniques employed by?

#63. At over 636 kilometres long, 80 kilometres wide and 1620m deep this 25 million years old fresh water lake is the deepest lake in the world. It’s called?

#64. Why is it hot in summer and cold in winter?

#65. Lachrymatory-factor synthase is released into the air whose enzyme converts the sulfoxides to unstable sulphonic acid that rearranges itself into syn-propanethial-S-oxide that gets into the air and comes in contact with our eyes causing the lachrymal glands to become irritated and produces the tears. This exhibited in the process of

#66. Louis Pasteur disproved the notion of “spontaneous generation ” which stated that organisms could spring from ______

#67. It’s all about communication. When neurons in the substantia nigra degenerate, the resulting loss of dopamine causes the nerve cells of the striatum to fire excessively. This makes it impossible for people to control their movements, leading to a condition known as?


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