The Big 2022 Science Quiz: 22 Science Trivia Questions

Oct. 9, 2022.

Celebrate the end of 2022 with a Year-End Trivia Game. Big Science Quiz 2022 is an interactive quiz designed to test your general knowledge of the passing year’s major scientific achievements and challenges. What’s NASA‘s James Webb Space Telescope? Are Orcas whales? Which animal families have immortal members? And what’s marine snow? Take The Big 2022 Science Quiz!

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2022 Year-End Quiz: 22 scientific trivia questions about natural phenomena, new scientific advancements and research, and climate news from 2022. No time-limit. How smart are you this year?

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1. What’s NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope?

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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2. What’s a “flue effect”?

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3. Where might one encounter Benzene?

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4. How many people suffer from kidney stones over their lifetime in the US?

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5. What’s a solar flare?

Photo: NASA/SDO

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6. What’s Jonah’s icefish?

Photo: A research team from the Alfred Wagner Institute.

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7. Which oceanic mammal doesn’t belong on this list?

Screenshot: Nat Geo Wild on YouTube

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8. How many tree species are on Earth?

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9. What makes Saxaul trees unique?

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10. What is the world’s largest penguin?

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11. What does CERN stand for?

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12. The monkeypox outbreaks in Europe and North America are concentrated among who?

Image: Monkeypox virus, PDB-101.rcsb.org, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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14. How is the Naegleria fowleri amoeba deadly?

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15. What’s the difference between a centipede and a millipede?

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16. What’s NASA’s DART?

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17. What’s in the picture?

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18. What’s in the picture?

Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

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20. What’s the world’s largest plant?

Photo: Rachel Austin / The University of Western Australia

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21. What’s marine snow?

Photo: NOAA National Ocean Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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22. Why are wax worms – moth larvae – called this way?

Photo: Sam Droege, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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  • What’s the difference between a centipede and a millipede?

    Aggyrolemnoixytes/Paul Marek, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    Centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment while millipedes have two pairs.
    Centipedes are real while millipedes are mythical.
    Centipedes have up to 100 legs while millipedes have up to 1,000.
    Centipedes are ten times larger than millipedes.

    Where might one encounter Benzene?

    Image: Benzene_Representations.svg: Vladsingerderivative work: Agung Karjono, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    in motor fuels.
    In the Air.
    In plastics and resins.
    All of the above.

    What’s NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope?

    Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
    The first space telescope ever made.
    The largest and most powerful space telescope ever made.
    The smallest and most powerful space telescope ever made.
    The first telescope stationed on Mars.

    What's a "flue effect"?

    Photo: Šarūnas Burdulis, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    It’s when gas changes its temperature when allowed to expand freely.
    It’s when heated air rises in a shaft (or a chimney).
    It’s when the frequency of a wave changes in a moving source.
    It’s an auditory illusion where the listener incorrectly localizes a sound.

    How many people suffer from kidney stones over their lifetime in the US?

    Image: Jacek Proszyk, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
    About one in 10,000.
    About one in 1,000.
    About one in 100.
    About one in 10.

    What's Jonah's icefish?

    Photo: A research team from the Alfred Wagner Institute.
    An Antarctic deep water fish.
    An Antarctic whale.
    An American fishery chain.
    A type of refrigerator.

    What’s a solar flare?

    Photo: NASA/SDO
    An eco-friendly way to produce electricity.
    A star system.
    A powerful burst of energy from the Sun.
    The color one gets when staying too long in the Sun.

    Which oceanic mammal doesn’t belong on this list?

    Screenshot: Nat Geo Wild on YouTube
    Orca (killer whale).
    Blue whale.
    Fin whale.
    Gray whale.

    How many tree species are on Earth?

    Photo: Artur Warchavchik, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    Roughly 730.
    Roughly 7,300.
    Roughly 73,300.
    Roughly 733,000.

    What makes Saxaul trees unique?

    Photo: Abodi009, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    They produce seeds only as they become drier.
    They produce seeds only when it rains.
    They produce seeds only once every 20 years.
    They produce golden seeds.

    What's marine snow?

    Photo: NOAA National Ocean Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
    It’s snow falling on the ocean.
    It’s material falling to the deep ocean.
    It’s a by-product of coral bleaching.
    Ocean foam on the water surface.

    What is the world's largest penguin?

    Photo: Denis Luyten, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
    The emperor penguin.
    The king penguin.
    The Galápagos penguin.
    The royal penguin.

    What's the world's largest plant?

    Photo: Rachel Austin / The University of Western Australia
    Poseidon’s ribbon weed.
    The General Sherman tree.
    Mediterranean tapeweed.
    The Indian banyan.

    What does CERN stand for?

    Photo: FerdinandoGior, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    Commission for Environmental and Natural Research.
    European Center for Nuclear Research.
    Economic Capital Northern Research.
    Central European Raving Nucleus.

    What's in the picture?

    Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI
    The Leo Triplet.
    Stephan’s Quintet.
    Seyfert's Sextet.
    Copeland Septet.

    The monkeypox outbreaks in Europe and North America are concentrated among who?

    Image: Monkeypox virus, PDB-101.rcsb.org, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    Men who have sex with men.
    People who visited Africa.
    Women with long COVID.
    People who work with animals.

    Which animal families have immortal members?

    Photo: © Tony Wills / CC BY-SA 4.0 via iNaturalist.NZ
    Corals and sea worms.
    Hydra and jellyfish.
    Marine sponges and crabs.
    Sea cucumbers and dolphins.

    What's in the picture?

    Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI
    Neptune.
    Uranus.
    Pluto.
    Saturn.

    How is the Naegleria fowleri amoeba deadly?

    Photo: CDC/ Dr. Govinda S. Visvesvara, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
    It causes severe diarrhea.
    It “eats brains.”
    It causes suffocation.
    It causes heart failure.

    What's NASA's DART?

    Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL
    An autonomous navigation system.
    The Jupiter rover.
    An asteroid-striking mission.
    A space telescope.

    What is the ice-encrusted moon of Jupiter named?

    Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SWRI/MSSS
    Europa.
    Titan.
    Uranus.
    Eureka.

    Why are wax worms - moth larvae - called this way?

    Photo: Sam Droege, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
    They look like wax.
    They produce wax.
    They eat wax.
    They’re made of wax.

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