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2020 megaquiz is here!

By David, 2 January 2020 Quiz

Start the new decade with a challenge! This megaquiz will test your knowledge of all the quizzes we wrote in 2018. The questions are randomly selected, so if you want more questions, you can just reload the page. Or head back to our 2019 megaquiz!


Congratulations! you are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! better brush up before the next quiz!

#1. How many thumbs does a koala have?

Koalas have two thumbs on each front paw.

#2. Which type of insect has a species named after the President of the United States, Donald Trump?

In 2017, a moth with yellow scales on its head was named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, after Donald Trump.

#3. Halite can be used to season your food, but what is it more commonly called?

Halite is the geological name for rock salt.

#4. How much carbon dioxide is there in one litre of air?

The atmosphere is about 0.04% carbon dioxide. It’s almost 50% more than before the Industrial Revolution.

#5. Which animal was historically called a ‘camelopard’?

With a camel-like shape and leopard-like colouring, the giraffe was once known as a camelopard.

#6. Scientists just measured a new fastest ant: the Saharan silver ant. How fast can it run?

The Saharan silver ant, with the scientific name Cataglyphis bombycine, can run at 855 millimetres per second. That’s about three kilometres per hour!

#7. How many gigabytes are there in a petabyte?

There are 1000 gigabytes in a terabyte, and 1000 terabytes in a petabyte.

#8. Heliocentrism is an astronomical model attributed to Copernicus. Does it mean

Helio– refers to the Sun, while –centrism implies the centre. Hence, heliocentrism is the model in which the Sun is at the centre of the solar system. Earth and the other planets of the solar system revolve around the Sun.

#9. Myxomatosis is very important for Australia’s economy, but what is it?

Myxomatosis was introduced to Australia in 1950 by the CSIRO to help control the estimated 600 million rabbits plaguing the country.

#10. What type of rock metamorphoses into marble?

Heat and pressure deep underground turns limestone into marble.

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