a. Pyrenean ibex
b. Gastric brooding frog
2. An online petition to urge the
3. What were found to be "lethally efficient hunting machines" after Japanese scientists strapped cameras to their backs and filmed them hunting?
a. Leatherback turtles
b. Mako sharks
c. Adelie penguins
a. The Slightly-Bigger-Than-the-Last-One-Telescope
b. European Extremely Large Telescope
c. Global Bloody Enormous Telescope
d. European Massively Big Telescope
5. In March, the Saturn V rocket engines from the Apollo 11 mission that sent astronauts to the moon were recovered from the Atlantic. Which internet entrepreneur provided the funding for the expedition?
c. Jawed Karim
6. Why did
a. Duh! He's already been into space!
b. He's claustrophobic
c. He won't be allowed to wear his Star Trek costume
d. He's scared of flying
a. Vanilla Ice's kangaroo
b. The blobfish
c. The aye-aye
d. The dromedary jumping-slug
a. Enough funding
b. An adequate source of Neanderthal DNA
c. An extremely adventurous female
d. A dangerous animal licence
9. What began a two-year planned shutdown on
b. The Large Hadron Collider
c. One of
d. Mars Curiosity
10. After 60 years of broadcasting, whom did Sir
11. Half of what is wasted, according to the
d. Electricity generated by windfarms
12. Biologists tracking jaguars in the central American rainforest used which cologne to lure them to camera traps?
a. Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Man
b. Calvin Klein Obsession for Men
c. Giorgio Armani Attitude
d. Hugo Boss Just Different
13. A geneticist from the
c. Orang Pendek
14. What did students from
a. The current concentration of atmospheric oxygen would not be able to support insects that big
b. Just 501 seagulls would not be enough to lift a peach the size of a small house
c. Seagulls wouldn't be able to fly from Dover to
d. Rhinoceroses are vegetarian and so would never have eaten James's parents
15. Scientists in
16. Why was 16-year-old student
a. She 3D-printed a gun whose design she had downloaded from the internet
b. She attempted to build a nuclear reactor in her father's shed
c. She inadvertently let off an explosion by mixing household chemicals
d. She made a replica gun so realistic that her teachers couldn't tell it was fake
17. Researchers at
18. What was
a. The first synthetic hamburger
d. Findus beef lasagne
19. The Nobel prize for physics was awarded to two people this year for their work on the Higgs boson theory:
20. According to Italian researchers, what does it mean when a dog wags its tail mostly to the left?
a. It's anxious
b. Nothing, it's a dog!
c. It's happy
d. A child has fallen down a well and broken his leg! Follow me!
21. Giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne) are the longest bony fish alive, thought to reach up to 17 metres long, and normally living at depths of 1,000 metres. On which American state's beaches were two of these fishes found washed up?
22. DNA testing confirmed furniture store owner
23. What form of cancer, according to new figures released this year, has now become the most lethal form of the disease for women in the
24. A letter by which Nobel laureate and English biologist sold at a
25. What is the name of the largest subglacial lake on
which Russian scientists discovered bacterial life?
26. September saw the millionth tonne of earth removed from Crossrail, the largest engineering project in
28. Data collected by the
29. Paleontologists announced the discovery of Archicebus achilles, the earliest known what?
30. What is the name of the spacecraft that
31. The cleanup of the Fukushima disaster in
32. The Royal Institution of
33. Scientists from
35. After a volcanic eruption,
36. Researchers at the
37. How many billions of miles has Voyager 1, the first human-made object to have left the solar system and move into interstellar space, travelled since leaving Earth in 1977?
38. How did a group of doctors in
40. The standard unit for the kilogramme, the International Prototype Kilogramme (IPK), is thought to be heavier now than when it was first created in 1875, because of contamination building up on the platinum-based model. But in which city is the original standard kept?
41. The asteroid 2012 DA14 came closer to the Earth than any other object of its size in history, passing between Earth and television satellites. Just how close was it?
42. When is 2012 DA14 expected to pass by Earth again?
43. In February a meteor came down spectacularly in
44. The Russian meteor is estimated to have exploded with the energy of how many kilotonnes of TNT?
45. Around four to six tonnes of material reached the ground as meteorites, but this is thought to represent just how much of the original rock?
46. This summer saw a particularly dramatic display from the Perseid meteor shower. The showers are caused when the Earth passes through the debris left behind from which comet's orbit around the sun?
47. The Perseids are well documented throughout history, with the earliest record being in 36AD. From which culture?
48. Comet Ison recently had a close brush with the sun, but what is the comet's formal designation?
49. What was it about asteroid P/2013 P5 that left scientists dumbfounded?
50. Scheduled for launch in
51. Who said: "We are a plague on the Earth. It's coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It's not just climate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now."
52. When defending the badger cull in
53. Which well-known atheist courted controversy by tweeting: "All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel prizes than
54. In response to the IPCC climate change report, which life peer said: "This is not science: it is mumbo-jumbo. Neither the 90% nor the 95% have any objective scientific basis: they are simply numbers plucked from the air for the benefit of credulous politicians and journalists."
55. When talking about the "God particle", which physicist said: "First of all, I'm an atheist. The second thing is I know that name was a kind of joke and not a very good one. I think [
56. Which Nobel laureate and pioneer of IVF, who died earlier this year, was Dr
57. Which Commonwealth prime minister told children: "OK, so the climate has changed over the eons and we know from history, at the time of Julius Caesar and Jesus of Nazareth the climate was considerably warmer than it is now. And then during what they called the dark ages it was colder. Then there was the medieval warm period."
58. Which former director of the
59. Who said about the film Gravity: "How did they make all that look so good? Of course, when you come out of your spacesuit, you're not wearing a tank top and shorts.
60. On a visit to the
62. Which British actress and founder of the
63. What award is
64. Which country's space agency successfully launched this monkey in a rocket into space?
65. Where is this Mars desert research station?
66. Who is pictured here helping put on a glove for a veterinarian of the
67. These anti-fracking protesters are demonstrating outside the test drill site near Balcombe. The site is operated by which company?
68. This fossil of Aurornis xui found in
69. A report showed 37 species in
70. What did pilot
A meteor over
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