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Mixing it up! A quick quiz

By , 22 May 2019

This quiz will take you from the number zero to 7.5 billion kilometres out in space! Can you answer this mixed batch of questions across science and maths?


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

#1. Who was the first mathematician to describe how to do arithmetic with the number zero?

Brahmagupta was an Indian mathematician who wrote Brāhmasphuṭasiddhānta, a book containing the rules for doing arithmetic with positive numbers, zero and negative numbers.

#2. What kind of lifeform are the super-resilient microscopic critters known as water bears or tardigrades?

Tardigrades are animals.

#3. Chemically speaking, which of the following is the odd one out?

Chalk, snail shells and limestone are primarily made from calcium carbonate. Coal is mostly carbon.

#4. 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.

#5. What was the first spacecraft to travel the 7.5 billion kilometres to visit Pluto?

New Horizons was launched in 2006 and made the first flyby of Pluto in 2015. It’s the only spacecraft that has visited Pluto.

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