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ByEdMo   posted on01 Feb, 12 13056 Views 0 Comments General Knowledge Add to favorite

1. (b) Entomology is the study of insects.

  • The worlds largest insect is a walking stick from Borneo. Including the legs, it is 20 inches (about 50 centimetres) long.
  • The heaviest insect in the world is the African goliath beetle. Large goliath beetles can be 4 inches (10 centimetres) long and can weigh a quarter of a pound (110 grams).
  • Already about 900,000 species of insects have been found and have received a name, but still many more insect species have to be discovered.
  • The fastest insect is the dragonfly. It can reach a speed of about 58 km per hour.
  • Many people in the world eat insects. In some countries there are farmers who produce insects and sell them as tasty snacks.
  • There are several insects that can produce light, for example fireflies. Note that a firefly is not really a fly; its a beetle.

2. (d) Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award.

3. (d) Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 8 January 1642), commonly known as Galileo, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations, and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the father of modern observational astronomy, the father of modern physics, the father of science, and the Father of Modern Science.

Stephen Hawking says, Galileo, perhaps more than any other single person, was responsible for the birth of modern science.The motion of uniformly accelerated objects, taught in nearly all high school and introductory college physics courses, was studied by Galileo as the subject of kinematics. His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.

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