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The Beauty of Science
"Science can be a beautiful thing. Whether the symmetry of mathematical shapes, the awe of a newly discovered fossil, or the simplicity of a rainbow beauty is all around us, and science helps us explain it."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Rainbows have a simple beauty. What scientific phenomena best explains where the colors of a rainbow come from?
Fractals are represented as geometric designs that, when examined closely, seem to mimic the approximate shape of the design as a whole. Which of the following would NOT be an example of a fractal found in nature?
a Mandelbrot set
Many artists throughout history have been scientists and inventors as well. The most famous of all of these is perhaps Leonardo DaVinci. Which of the following was NOT first conceived of by the original Renaissance man?
Nothing is more beautiful than discovering a long lost relative. Homo floresiensis was discovered in 2003 on the island of Flores in Indonesia. What literary name has become the "nickname" of this possible new species?
Sometimes you can not see the beauty in something without a microscope. Buckminsterfullerene (C60) is a molecule that is compromised of 60 carbon atoms arranged in what geometric shape?
To look at anything beautiful on a computer, you have to use an RGB display. What does RGB stand for?
Regular Grain Blankscreen
Ranging Glass Buffer
Reading Glaze, Backlit
Red, Green, Blue
There are few things more beautiful than a starry night. Our ancestors saw patterns in the sky and called them constellations. The following constellations were named by the ancient Greeks (by Ptolemy), except which one?
Andromeda "the chained woman"
Musca "the fly"
Aquila "the eagle"
Serpens "the serpent"
The movement of the earth's crust is a beautiful thing. The continents were once entirely connected. What is the name given to this supercontinent?
Pangaea, meaning "entire Earth" in Greek
Unido, meaning "united" in Spanish
Unaterra, meaning "land together" in Latin
Tous, meaning "all" in French
There is little as beautiful as a simple theory. In 1859 Charles Darwin forwarded the theory of evolution through natural selection. What does natural selection propose?
That the traits that are most advantageous to an organism will be the ones to be retained.
That when natural products are chosen by the parents it will help the offspring fit in better.
That the traits that are passed on to the offspring are chosen by the parents.
That what happens to your offspring is chosen by nature to move an organism toward perfection.
One of the most beautiful parts of the human body is its DNA. What does the DNA molecule look like?
A twisted ladder
A figure eight
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Compiled Jun 28 12