18 December 2015
12 Days Of Christmas - a festive science quiz
Fancy a bit of light relief in the run up to Christmas? Team ScienceBL challenge you to our 12 days of Christmas quiz - with a science theme of course.
List your answers in the comment section below or reply on Twitter – no cheating! Answers will be revealed later today.
(N.B. These questions first appeared in last week’s TalkScience Christmas quiz – our yuletide extravaganza of festive science puns and unashamed geekery)
Update: 11am; 18/12/15. Answers added below. Scroll down to find out the correct answers.
A Partridge in a pear-tree - Which ester is used to give pear drops their distinctive pear flavour?
2 Turtle doves - Is the dove heart smaller or larger in proportion to body size than the human heart is?
3 French hens - What name is given to an adolescent female chicken?
4 Colly birds (or Calling birds) - What type of bird is a colly bird?
5 Gold rings - What is the atomic number for gold?
6 Geese-a-laying - What is the main protein constituent of the white of an egg?
7 Swans-a-swimming - The Athena SWAN Charter to support women in science was established in what year?
8 Maids-a-milking - What is the name of the family of proteins that make up 80% of all the protein in cow’s milk?
9 Ladies dancing - How many bones are there in the human foot and ankle?
10 Lords-a-leaping - The International Telecommunication Union announced the decision to ditch “leap seconds” will be delayed until what year?
11 Pipers piping - Which of these pipes will produce the highest note? (see image above)
12 Drummers drumming - A decibel is one tenth of one bel. Who is this unit named in honour of?
(All images Public Domain - from Pixabay)
- Ethyl acetate/ethanoate gives the pear flavour. Isomyl acetate/ethanoate gives a banana flavour.
- Larger. this enables the bird’s cardiovascular system to support the high metabolic needs required for flying
- b) Pullet. Capon is a castrated male. Wattles are flaps of skin under the beak. The spur is the horn-like protrusion on the leg
- Blackbird. Colly is an Old English term for 'black,' from the word 'colliery,' meaning coal mine
- c) 79
- Albumen (or Albumin/Ovalbumin) Egg white is ~90% water, most of the remainder is albumen.
- The Athena Swan charter was established in 2005. More details here: http://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/
- 26 (or 28 if you include the sesamoid bones at the base of the big toe)
- The decision has been delayed until 2023
- The answer is A. The shorter the tube, the higher the note.
- The bel is named after Alexander Graham Bell – more commonly known for inventing the telephone