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Word Chain - Science

Guess these words related to science. The last letter of each word is the first letter of the next.
All the answers are a single word, but can be hyphenated
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Last updated: December 19, 2017
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First submittedDecember 18, 2017
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Particle orbiting an atomic nucleus
Electron
Most common element in the
Earth's atmosphere
Nitrogen
A teaspoon of a ______ star
weighs 10 million tons
Neutron
Furthest planet from the sun
Neptune
Cell that can be fertilized
Egg
Chalky mineral with a hardness
of 2 on the Mohs scale
Gypsum
What M stands for in E = MC2
Mass
Massive stellar explosion
Supernova
Small rocky body orbiting the sun
Asteroid
Air or fluid resistance
Drag
Energetic and harmful
radiation wavelength: _____ Ray
Gamma
Toxic metalloid element
Arsenic
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Taxonomic rank between
order and phylum
Class
Species of Dolly, the first cloned mammal
Sheep
State of matter that is not gas,
liquid, or solid
Plasma
Chemical used in nail polish remover
Acetone
What a seismologist studies
Earthquakes
Greek letter that represents
a standard deviation
Sigma
Branch of biology dealing with the body
Anatomy
Variety of fungus. Some can turn
sugar into alcohol.
Yeast
Device used by Galileo
Telescope
When the sun crosses the equator
Equinox
Radiation used in medical imagery
X-ray
A supervolcano lurks beneath
this national park
Yellowstone
54 Comments
+23
Level 62
Dec 18, 2017
RIP Pluto, you will be missed
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Level 42
May 23, 2018
<3
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Level 75
Dec 18, 2017
Sorry, Pluto doesn't start with N.
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Level 86
Dec 18, 2017
Well, reasoning like that, Eris is farther than Pluto, so...
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Level 62
Apr 30, 2018
Too soon...
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Level 82
Apr 30, 2018
Hey, no worries man, it's not your fault.
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Level 77
Dec 18, 2017
I was expecting a more Greek/Latin word for that cell.
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Level 61
Dec 18, 2017
Same here, but "ovum" doesn't fit.
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Level 59
Apr 30, 2018
Me too, I kept typing Embryo
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Level 28
Apr 1, 2022
An embryo is already fertilised though
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Level 28
Apr 1, 2022
I was expecting gamete, I feel like egg cell is less of a scientific term
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Level 61
Dec 18, 2017
Arsenic is a metalloid, apparently.
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Level 86
Dec 19, 2017
Yes, not really a metal, please fix this.
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Level ∞
Dec 19, 2017
Okay
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Level 46
Apr 21, 2018
'metalloid' is accurate; sort of metallic, sort of not, accepted definition applying to several elements
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Level 32
Apr 30, 2018
Metalloid is a class of elements in the periodic table
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Level 61
May 3, 2018
Astatine is also often considered a metalloid, and because it starts with A it could be seen as a correct answer. But I don't know if it's really necessary to change anything; arsenic is the more obvious choice.
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Level 63
May 12, 2020
Astatine doesn't end with c.
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Level 51
Dec 19, 2017
Before (okay, well, after) this comment section begins to devolve into Pluto arguments, I would suggest that those who believe Pluto is (or ought to be) a planet read Mike Brown's book How I Killed Pluto. It delves into why Pluto should not be a planet and as a bonus is a very enjoyable read, documenting the author's search to find dwarf planets within our solar system. Interestingly, it was in his best interests to argue for Pluto's planethood, since this would make him the discoverer of at least one (Eris), possibly more (Makemake, Haumea, and over thirty others by now), planet. Nevertheless, in the interest of science, he informed the IAU's decision by agreeing that Pluto was, indeed, not a planet.

And it's quite funny too.

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Level 62
Dec 19, 2017
I think many comments about Pluto (including my own comment above) is said tongue-and-cheek just to be part of the in-group and/or to play on the fact that people got so upset when Pluto was re-classified as a dwarf planet. I (and I imagine most others) trust the decisions that are made by people way smarter than me, and I know that had a very reasonable impetus to re-classify Pluto (the discovery of Eris and looming discovery of more large planetoids past Neptune).
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Level 73
Apr 30, 2018
Tongue IN cheek
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Level 63
Mar 6, 2018
I agree with TinklePork. Most people probably agree with the decision of re-classification or accept it at least for said reasons but it's still kind of sad. Wouldn't you be sad if you were de-classified into a "lower" category?
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Level 89
Apr 30, 2018
"Furthest planet from the sun". Maybe add "Within our solar system"
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Level 79
Apr 30, 2018
Now that would be a difficult question to answer correctly. ..
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Level 89
Sep 12, 2018
Seriously?
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Level 87
Sep 3, 2020
If it's outside of our solar system, it's an exoplanet.
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Level 68
Mar 10, 2022
Still a planet
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Level 60
Mar 10, 2022
Well according to astronomy definition, a planet is in our solar system.

If not it is not a planet.

Being there is one of the 3 conditions to be a planet :

being spheroid, and being alone in its orbit are the other 2.

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Level 56
Jun 26, 2022
But this would mean we all get different answers depending on which galaxy we're in. Stop being so solar system centric
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Level 60
Apr 30, 2018
Anatomy is the study of the INTERNAL structure if the body. plz specify it. Otherwise, Physiology can also be the answer.
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Level 86
Apr 30, 2018
But physiology doesn't start with A.
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Level 75
Apr 30, 2018
I thought this was pretty easy, and then I got to the g element clue. Bah! I somehow got geranium stuck in my head which left no room for anything else.
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Level 69
Apr 30, 2018
Gypsum is #2 Moh's hardness but it's not particularly chalky. Talc, which is #1 is chalkier.
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Level 74
Oct 13, 2018
As a person who worked extensively with gypsum, I **never** want to meet talc.
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Level 65
Apr 30, 2018
This quiz made me figure out the difference between a comet and an asteroid.
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Level 66
Apr 30, 2018
Plasma is not the only one-word state of matter besides solids, liquids, and gasses that starts with "p". Photonic matter would also be an acceptable answer.
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Level 71
May 1, 2018
But does it end with A to continue the chain?
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Level 56
May 7, 2018
and it's not one word
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Level 89
Sep 12, 2018
Does it also have a short blank about 5 letters wide?
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Level 66
Apr 30, 2018
got all except gypsum
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Level 45
Apr 30, 2018
I felt like the word "chalky" was off putting. I wouldn't the mineral itself chalky, just because it can used to make chalk.
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Level 67
May 1, 2018
Got 'em all with 0:32 left. You have to move on if you don't know the answer IMMEDIATELY.
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Level 49
May 2, 2018
Disappointing how only 21% got Gypsum.
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Level 74
Oct 13, 2018
Agreed. Gypsum needs to fire its PR team immediately. And chalk it up to experience.
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Level 89
Sep 12, 2018
I really wanted death ray to work.
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Level 74
Oct 13, 2018
Yes! Cosmic ray would be fun too, with a Clara Rockmore solo firing up in the background.
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Level 71
Oct 13, 2018
Can someone explain this once and for all? I got 96% correct, but I still didn't get 5 points. I haven't taken this quiz before.
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Level 74
Oct 13, 2018
Sure! It's not just about the percentage of answers you get right; it's also about what percentile you are in in relation to other people who take the quiz. On a quiz that most people do terribly on, you could only get 30% of the answers right and still be in the 95th percentile of quiztakers. Jetpunk assigns points based on whichever is higher, your correct answer percentage, or the percentile you fall into in relation to other quiztakers.

More info on the Jetpunk blog

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Level 69
Jan 4, 2019
man... I could ve gotten 100% wasnt looking properly... somehow thought the yeast question had to start with an a, stared at it for over minute, thinking at some point, well somethingsomething-yeast... but not able to think of what could start with an A so gave up. I believe I looked at the A of "anatomy" and not the Y (but weirdly didnt have that problem with the other questions..)
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Level 47
Mar 22, 2019
Should have known gypsum, been too long since I played Minecraft
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Level 63
Mar 10, 2022
You definitely played it more recently than me, though! 🤣
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Level 56
Mar 10, 2022
At White Sands National Park in New Mexico you can run full-tilt boogie down dunes made of gypsum without falling. It’s lots of fun, and remembering gypsum got me one of the rare 100% I’ve gotten on Jetpunk.
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Level 81
Mar 10, 2022
I have to disagree with you “fun” part. White Sands is hot and dusty and completely blinding. Granted I went at noon in the July so I may not be the best judge.
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Level 56
Mar 21, 2022
I went in mid September years ago on a day that was not windy. The picnic tables had shell-like sides (that reminded me of The Flintstones) to block the sand while you were eating, but they were unnecessary when I was there. I’m sorry your experience was unpleasant; my day there has given me fun memories.