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101 Science Trivia Questions to Tickle Your Prefrontal Cortex

If quarks and quantum physics make your heart race, get ready to experience an acute case of tachycardia. It’s time to light your Bunsen burner and dust off your favorite Erlenmeyer flask as you push your brain to the limits with a science quiz that scored a 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. 

Despite what 80s movies would have us believe, being passionate about science is nothing to be ashamed of. Sure, jocks might get those cool letterman jackets, but you know way more about dinosaurs, space, and stoichiometry. That gives you a clear advantage should the world suddenly need an amateur paleoastrochemist to neutralize a radioactive meteor occupied by rabid velociraptors.

Once you’ve conquered this list of science trivia questions and answers, why not take a quick refresher course on space trivia, physics questions, or geology trivia? With enough practice, even Bill Nye the Science Guy would be proud to have you as a lab partner.

A bone called the cranium protects which organ of the body?

Heart

Liver

Lung

Brain

The element Gallium is named after the Latin name for which country?

France

Italy

Switzerland

Spain

The study of human populations has which scientific name?

Immunology

Archaeology

Anthropology

Demography

Rubella is also known as which sort of measles?

French

German

Swiss

Dutch

Which of these scales measures the strength of earthquakes?

Beaufort

Richter

Reaumar

Celsius

Chloroplasts are found within the cells of which living creatures?

Insects

Mammals

Plants

Birds

Dolly, the first creature to be cloned, was which animal?

Dog

Cat

Sheep

Rabbit

Which gas is used in MRI scanners to cool the magnets?

Argon

Nitrogen

Methane

Helium

Which crop is grown in a flooded field called a paddy?

Rice

Oat

Wheat

Rye

Who once claimed to be able to reanimate corpses?

Ernest Rutherford

Maurice Wilkins

Carl Anderson

Giovanni Aldini

On which flat mathematical shape might you be asked to calculate the hypotenuse?

Hexagon

Circle

Square

Triangle

Lunar refers to which celestial body?

Mars

Moon

Sun

Earth

In which decade was the first Space Shuttle launch?

1990s

1970s

1980s

1950s

Aerobic respiration requires what?

Methane

Carbon dioxide

Oxygen

Propane

Which gas produces water when it burns?

Hydrogen

Helium

Neon

Nitrogen

What is another name for either of the two legs in a right triangle?

Cathetus

Parallellogram

Cartesian

Hypotenuse

What are conchologists interested in?

Plants

Shells

Technology

Animals

What does a conchologist collect?

Eggs

Shells

Butterflies

Leaves

Which biology term describes the environment where a plant or animal lives?

Field

Locus

Species

Habitat

Rods and cones, also known as photoreceptors, are found in which part of the body?

Nose

Ear

Heart

Eye

Marie Curie won Nobel Prizes in Physics and which other field?

Literature

Chemistry

Medicine

Economics

Pb is the chemical symbol for which metal?

Silver

Copper

Lead

Gold

The force exerted on a specific surface area has which name?

Pressure

Voltage

Density

Temperature

What does an invertebrate not have?

Eyes

Backbone

Tail

Teeth

The project to develop the atomic bomb was named after which part of New York?

Harlem

Manhattan

Bronx

Queens

What is the only sea mammal that does not have an insulating layer of fatty blubber?

The walrus

The manatee

The sea otter

The dolphin

To whom was Marie Curie married?

Pierre Curie

Leonardo Curie

James Curie

Alexander Curie

What is used to generate hydropower?

Wind

Coal

Water

Gas

What was the surname of pioneering scientists Marie and Pierre?

Darwin

Hawking

Rutherford

Curie

Which chemical is often used to kill bacteria in water, such as swimming pools?

Neon

Chlorine

Cobalt

Bismuth

Which word is used by scientists to describe speed through water?

Knot

Knit

Knap

Knup

In genetics, what is the opposite of a dominant trait?

Recessive

Recombined

Rejected

Rejective

Where are the smallest bones in the human body found?

Hand

Neck

Foot

Ear

Which word describes a tree which sheds its leaves each year?

Evergreen

Deciduous

Perennial

Robust

Hepatitis is a medical condition affecting which organ of the body?

Kidney

Liver

Heart

Skin

Which science term is the opposite of digital?

Physical

Semiconductor

Manual

Analogue

The masseter muscle is found in which part of the body?

Jaw

Ankle

Hip

Elbow

Lyme Disease can be picked up from the bite of which insect?

Spider

Eel

Ant

Tick

What is the name for the scientific study of the weather?

Anthropology

Archaeology

Botany

Meterology

Which chemical element takes its name from the Greek word for color?

Carbon

Fluorine

Chromium

Neon

What is karyology the study or science of?

Fungi

The sea

Cell nuclei

Food

Which of these garden creatures has a shell?

Slug

Caterpillar

Worm

Snail

Capillary action refers to the movement of which form of matter?

Liquid

Metal

Gas

Solid

To which group of sharks do Wobbegongs belong?

Hammerhead Sharks

Cookie-Cutter Sharks

Nurse Sharks

Carpet Sharks

Which part of the eye moves to allow us to focus on images?

Retina

Iris

Lens

Cornea

Which British scientist developed the idea of natural selection and evolution?

Darwin

Newton

Watt

Einstein

A metal made from two or more elements has which name?

Cobalt

Alloy

Imperial

Precious

Selenologists study which object in the solar system?

Moon

Comet

Mars

Sun

What is nosology the study of?

Society

Equipment design for the workplace

Diseases

Ground water

What is the medical term for hair loss?

Antipraxy

Anticoagulant

Alliteration

Alopecia

Magnets can attract like, or do what to opposites?

Repel

Reduce

Repose

Reject

What is infant whale commonly called?

Sow

Calf

Cat

Cub

What is the average lifespan of a Chinchilla?

10 years

3 years

22 years

18 years

Which of these conditions is caused by plants’ reproductive cycles?

German measles

Rickets

Chicken pox

Hay fever

A chemist from which country invented the Bunsen Burner?

Germany

Canada

China

Russia

What was the surname of the second man to walk on the moon?

Aldridge

Albarn

Aldrin

Alwright

What is the lifespan of a shrimp?

20 years

6 months

2 months

1-2 years

Insulin is produced in which organ of the body?

Kidneys

Pancreas

Spleen

Liver

The adjective dermal refers to which part of the body?

Liver

Neck

Skin

Lung

What is the world’s largest tree-born fruit?

The jackfruit

The Coco de Mer

The watermelon

The pineapple

Which term describes a sudden explosion on the surface of the sun?

Sun Split

Lunar Flood

Heliophere

Solar Flare

A haematologist is an expert in which field of medicine?

Blood

Skin

Pregnancy

Bones

In physics, which force involves rubbing one object against another?

Kinetic

Electric

Pressure

Friction

Which dietary mineral is essential for strong bones?

Calcium

Carbon

Zinc

Magnesium

What comes after ‘Kuiper’ in a solar system zone beyond the orbit of Neptune?

Field

Belt

Area

Zone

Which British scientist wrote A Brief History of Time?

Brian Cox

Charles Darwin

Stephen Hawking

Edward Jenner

Whose law states that: ‘At a constant temperature, the pressure of a gas is inversely proportional to its volume’?

Boyle’s Law

Newton’s Law

Watson’s Law

Dawson’s Law

What is the name of the brightest star as seen from Earth?

Hermione

Phobos

Sirius

Bellatrix

In anatomy, where would you find your pharynx?

Throat

Brain

Arm

Chest

Which chemical element has the symbol Sr?

Silver

Strontium

Tin

Silicon

Which word describes the deterioration of a metal or element in the environment?

Covalent

Corruption

Corrosion

Convergence

Where in the body is the trachea located?

The head

The foot

The neck

The stomach

Which planet of the solar system is closest to the sun?

Earth

Venus

Jupiter

Mercury

What is the name for the blood vessel which carries blood away from the heart?

Tubercule

Artery

Alveoli

Vein

Stephen Hawking was a pioneer in which field of science?

Microbiology

Theoretical Physics

Anthropology

Immunology

Which is the lightest metal in chemistry’s periodic table?

Lithium

Silver

Tungsten

Lead

Marie Curie named an element after which country, the land where she was born?

Germany

Russia

Poland

India

Joseph Priestley discovered which gas in 1774?

Neon

Oxygen

Helium

Nitrogen

The verb pollinate is used to describe the fertilisation of which living objects?

Fish

Insects

Birds

Plants

What color is copper sulphate?

Blue

Greed

Yellow

Red

Which tree family includes the sycamore and maple?

Conifer

Acer

Acacia

Elder

What term do astronomers use for a group of stars?

Interception

Eclispe

Constellation

Aurora

Which power is generated using the fission process?

Solar

Wave

Nuclear

Electric

Hydrogen combines with which other element to form water?

Oxygen

Nitrogen

Carbon

Lead

Which sugary liquid do insects get from plants and flowers?

Glucose

Saffron

Nectar

Ambrosia

What is the name of the skill of cutting hedges into ornamental shapes?

Pottery

Topiary

Calligraphy

Origami

Copper turns which color when it oxidises in the open air?

Green

Blue

Red

White

Which gas is essential to allow us to breathe?

Oxygen

Neon

Helium

Nitrogen

Which metal, used for currency or jewellery, has the chemical symbol Ag?

Platinum

Copper

Silver

Gold

Which scientists study rocks and the Earth’s composition?

Ornithologists

Anthropologists

Geologists

Archaeologists

HIV grew to mass notoriety during which decade?

1860s

1980s

1920s

1750s

Which pigment gives our skin its color?

Keraton

Collagen

Silicone

Melanin

What is apiology the study of?

The structure of the body

Blood

The stomach and intestines

Bees

Alloy is used to describe a mixture of metals to form what?

Gas

Metal

Rubber

Liquid

Plutonium is derived from which other element?

Helium

Uranium

Chromium

Einsteinium

Which four letter word is a unit of electrical power?

Watt

Ward

Wave

Walk

Our teeth are covered by which hard, shiny material?

Dentine

Enamel

Collagen

Fluorine

Which word describes a plant made by crossing two other species of plant?

Hyperpollen

Fragmented

Spliced

Hybrid

What nationality was the first non-US, non-Soviet spaceman?

French

Canadian

Czechoslovakian

English

Which term do doctors often use instead of stitches?

Bandages

Terroids

Sutures

Zygotes

Which metal is most commonly used to make a soft drinks can?

Zinc

Tin

Magnesium

Aluminium

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