Chemistry Quiz: January

Happy New Year! Here's to a happy and healthy one for all.

And now...the first Chemistry Quiz of the year, brought to you by ACS and the year 2014.

 

Recent progress has been reported toward a method for detecting uranium and plutonium in waste water. Scientists are developing a nanosensor that involves what key carbon-based compound to detect these radioactive materials?
Graphene oxide
Carbonyl sulfide
Carbon monoxide
Oxalic anhydride

To compress or not to compress? Recent studies in China have led scientists to conclude that burning biomass pellets—vs. burning the uncompressed raw materials—produces less of what potentially-harmful emission?
Chloroform
Mercury
Methanol
Phenol

The Dec. 2 issue of C&EN reported that, as pharmaceutical companies continue to downsize, they are increasingly turning to what kind of workers to fill their business needs?
Interns
Partially-retired
Contingent
Full-time/permanent

Reindeer Games: What phenomenon did scientists discover in Arctic reindeer that results from dramatically-varying light conditions between summer and winter months?
Their eye color changes.
Their hooves shrink in the summer and grow in the winter.
Their noses turn red in the winter.
Their heart rate automatically adjusts.

What molecule—known mainly for causing cork taint that can give wine a musty smell and taste—was recently featured in Molecule of the Week?
Arsole
Bortezomib
Sorbic Acid
2,4,6-Trichloroanisole

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