Every science has its own vocabulary, and some of those words can sound like gibberish to those outside the scientific community. Take our quiz to see how many of these technical terms you can decipher.
What does "laser" stand for?
low aim standard emitting radar
light amplification by stimulated emission
Nothing — it’s named for its inventor.
Which of these is the measure of light's intensity?
True or false: All heavy metals are toxic.
What do scientists mean when they say they will enhance something?
They will make it better.
They will make it clearer.
They will intensify or increase it.
Where can you find AMANDA?
True or false: Manipulation of data by scientists is unethical.
What are FROG and SPIDER?
really fast lasers
satellites built in Russia
What happens during piloerection?
Your pillow gets flat.
Hair stands on end.
True or false: Scientists consider any positive trend to be good.
True or false: A carcinoma is something that causes cancer.
What is chemigation?
adding chemicals to irrigation water
using chemicals to fumigate homes
combining synthetic and natural chemicals to make new ones
What would you use a SHRIMP for?
dipping in cocktail sauce
True or false: GOMER is doctor-speak for "get out of my emergency room!"
True or false: A scientific scheme is simply a systematic plan.
True or false: Masers are older than lasers.
Which of the following is Latin for "broadly speaking"?
What does SONAR stand for?
sound navigation and ranging
sound navigation amid radiation
sound navigation and radar
What is SODAR used to measure?
What are you suffering from if you have acute viral nasopharyngitis?
a bloody nose
a broken nose
What is a nebula, in layman's terms?
really bright star
When something is canonical, it is …
a brand new theory
in line with accepted laws of science
What is a SQUID used to measure?
distances to stars
intensity of light
True or false: Formication is a dirty word.
When scientists measure eccentricity, what are they studying?
people with strange habits
orbits of celestial bodies
True or false: LIDAR is the combination of light and radar.
If a doctor catheterizes someone, what are they doing?
stitching a wound
sticking in a tube
How many letters are in the chemical name for titin, a human protein?
What was President Obama referring to when he used the word electrophoresis during a 2014 speech?
a new disease
a new energy source
a process used to separate molecules
True or false: Longer, more jargon-filled scientific abstracts are cited more than shorter ones.
What is the average reading level for an adult in the U.S.?