Find out how imaginary monsters have influenced science in this quiz. You’ll need a brave heart and a sharp mind to get full marks!

#1. A medusa is the adult form of what animal?

Jellyfish have lots of stages of life, going from larvae, to polyps, to ephyrae and finally to medusae.

#2. Which of the following animals is real?

There are many animals named after vampires. The vampire ground finch gets its name because it sometimes drinks the blood of other birds, while the vampire squid looks like it is wearing a cloak!

#3. What’s the name of the SpaceX spacecraft that launched astronauts to the International Space Station in May 2021?

The Crew Dragon is the first American spacecraft to send astronauts into orbit since the Space Shuttle.

#4. The three stars closest to our Sun are named after which mythical animal?

Proxima Centauri and the two stars of Alpha Centauri are all named after the centaur.

#5. When Albert Einstein talked about ‘spooky action at a distance’, what science was he talking about?

Albert Einstein called quantum entanglement ‘spooky action at a distance’, because measuring one entangled particle causes the other entangled particle to collapse, no matter how far away it is.

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