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Science in the news quiz. (Reading Comprehension).


Directions: Read the late-breaking science news stories in our Science News section on pages 4-7. Then, test your knowledge by answering the questions below. Circle the correct letter.
1. This feature helps fight air resistance
 skeleton sledding:

 a. steel runners

 b. helmet

 c. saddle and bumper

 d. all of the above

2. The clap skate is speedy because of its

 a. detachable blade from the boot heel.

 b. aerodynamic design.

 c . angled blades.

 d. lightness from high-tech materials.

3. Pushing a skate stride with the toes

 increases speed because

 a. toes contain the strongest bones in the

 b. this movement fights air resistance.

 c. more friction is generated.

 d. more leg muscles will be used.

4. Hypoxia is

 a. fear of heights.

 b. low blood pressure in the body.

 c. lack of oxygen in the body.

 d. frostbite.

5. What keeps the Segway HT from tipping

 a. computers, tilt sensors, and gyroscopes

 b. rechargeable batteries

 c. magnets and weights

 d. large tires

6. The Segway HT is powered by

 a. human muscle power.

 b. gasoline.

 c. electricity.

 d. solar energy.

7. The Jaragua lizard is the smallest
 vertebrate known.

 a. True

 b. False

8. The Jaragua lizard population is
 threatened by

 a. habitat loss.

 b. spiders.

 c. none of the above.

 d. a and b.

9. In the Rat Olympics, rodents compete in
 running, climbing, and weight lifting.
 These events

 a. increase a rodent's life span.

 b. teach behavioral skills.

 c. exhaust rats.

 d. improve a rat's intelligence.

10. Scientists believe this may lurk inside

 a. methane.

 b. lava.

 c. ocean.

 d. oxygen.

 Take It Further

11. Trace the history of a Winter Olympic
 event. How have technological
 advancements changed the performance of
 the sport?

12. Research new developments in
 transportation and discuss: Do you think
 the Segway HT is the vehicle of the future?
 Why or why not?


1. b 2. a 3. d 4. c 5.a 6. c 7. b 8. d 9. b 10. c
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 11, 2002
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