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In the darkness the trees are full of starlight
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Pop quiz, hotshot

Alrighty, lets see how many of you out there are up on your basic highschool science. A series of sciency luminaries were recently asked what is the one question a highschool graduate should be able to answer as it pertained to science. Below we have 10 questions and an extra credit we'll say is worth 10 points too so the maximum you can score is 110%. Your job is to look at each one and, without cheating, see what you can come up with. The link to the article and the answers will be posted at the bottom. Lets see how the scores churn out.

1. What percentage of the earth is covered by water?

ROBERT GAGOSIAN, WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE

2. What sorts of signals does the brain use to communicate sensations, thoughts and actions?

TORSTEN WEISEL, ROCKEFELLER INSTITUTE, NEW YORK

3. Did dinosaurs and humans ever exist at the same time?

ANDREW C. REVKIN, NEW YORK TIMES SCIENCE REPORTER

4. What is Darwin's theory of the origin of species?

JONATHAN WEINER, 1995 PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR

5. Why does a year consist of 365 days, and a day of 24 hours?

LESLIE SAGE, NATURE MAGAZINE

6. Why is the sky blue?

ROY GLAUBER, 2005 NOBEL PRIZE WINNER; HARVARD UNIVERSITY

7. What causes a rainbow?

KIM KASTENS, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

8. What is it that makes diseases caused by viruses and bacteria hard to treat?

HELLE GAWRYLEWSKI, JOHNSON & JOHNSON (AND THE AUTHOR'S MOTHER)

9. How old are the oldest fossils on earth?

PAUL NURSE, 2001 NOBEL PRIZE WINNER; ROCKEFELLER INSTITUTE

10. Why do we put salt on sidewalks when it snows?

ARTHUR KNUDSEN, BRIDGETON, N.J., SCHOOLS

Extra credit: What makes the seasons change?



Alrighty? Finished? The answers can be found here but don't look until you've come up with an answer for each.

I ended up getting 10 out of the 11 right. I still think 9 is a suckyass question. Also, I answered 70% to #1 which I think is easily close enough for full credit. Lets say that if you answer within 5%, it's good.
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