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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C
QUIZ: How Much Did You Learn From Science Week?
Told you there’d be a test.

SCIENCE WEEK IS coming to an end, sadly, and we’re sorry to see it go.

But like the teacher you loved to hate in school, you’re not getting away without a test.

There was a lot of learning over the course of the week, and we want to know just how much stuck around in there.

On Monday we spoke to Dr John Cryan about good bacteria and their role in the fight against stress.

On Tuesday, it was all about sports recovery and Sharon Madigan told us how best to look after yourself when you’re working out hard.

Wednesday’s expert was Mark Brophy from Clever Bugs who let us into the secrets behind marketing science and on Thursday it was the turn of Dr Craig Slattery to tell us how coffee and chocolate affect the brain.

Friday saw Simon Watts speaking about conservation and how some animals (*cough* pandas) are unfairly advantaged in the fight against extinction.

What have you learned?  Let’s find out.

Q1 What percentage of living creatures succumb to extinction?

Q2 Which of these does not help with sports recovery?

Working out really hard again
Q3 Algorithms can monitor and predict our behavior
Q4 Chocolate can make you fall in love
Q5 The human body is 99% microbial
Q6 How much coffee do you have to ingest to poison yourself?
1 gram per day
One mug per kilo body weight in 10 minutes

10 mugs in an hour
500mg per day
Q7 Which of these does coffee withdrawal not result in?

Slurred speech
Q8 Bacteria in the gut can help reduce stress
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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Rocket scientist
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Brain surgeon
You've got cutting edge knowledge right there
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Young Scientist winner
On the right track with this science lark
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Junior cert scientist
Not bad, but lots to learn
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Science Week takes place from 8-15th November 2015. This is Science Week’s 20th birthday, and the theme for this year is Science Week 2.0 – Design Your Future. Over the course of the week, there will be 800 events held nationwide, with an participating audience of 250,000. For events in your area, check out

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