Questions tagged [science]

Puzzles which require some knowledge of science to solve. Consider using the 'physics', 'chemistry' or 'computer-science' tags if your question is specifically about these branches of science.

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Who are we? The pure ones

We are not the wonders, though we were created by man We are not the dwarfs, for our names are not proper We are not the days, though they each contain one of our own We are not the sins, for ...
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A Mythical Member of the Scientific Community

I've provided the link between man and machine. In rivers and trees, respectively, I can be seen. I've been key in measuring the speed of light. The Pacific Ocean is where I developed flight. ...
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Science is fun, but rhyme takes time

In sixty seven, I was first found By a couple of scientists poking around It was quite a novelty they did detect Little green men might cause the effect They stuffed me in a bag for a catchy new ...
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A girl and a guy

The main goal here is to figure out the one-“word” answer to each of the following clues. Each answer consists of one (or more) names and one (or more) other words hinted at by the clues. There is,...
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What is my teacher's favourite animal?

My school teacher, has asked the above question in the spirit of Science Fortnight. However, he has only left the following on the whiteboard: Clue 1: 8, 6, 7, 9, 5, 6, 8, 6, 8, 4, _. Clue 2: ...
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Father's Research

My father is a scientist, and he's just asked me to help sort some of his cases in the spirit of Science Fortnight! However, all that is written are the following equations (he's not a mathematician): ...
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Misheard and Obscured: Jumbled Science edition

(First iteration of this puzzle here, reading this puzzle is certainly not necessary but might help give an idea of what to do) Hey guys, my friend just got back from one of his intro science classes ...
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Science Oppograms

Here come more Oppograms, this time science-related courtesy of our fortnightly challenge. The rules: In each set of words, find the opposite of each word, then anagram the letters of all opposites ...
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Science: Spaced Out and Obfuscated

Although very short on time, I wanted to participate in the Fortnightly Challenge so I have recycled a format that I had intended to retire. Hopefully, it has not entirely worn out its welcome. ...
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I forgot how to breathe…help [closed]

I have a problem. I can't breathe. I woke up one day and I forgot. How long do I live? This is my first question... I hope I don't make a mistake. Hint,but basically the answer
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Mad Scientist Murdered!

Been a while since I've been on the site, I like what you guys have done with the place! Returned to find that the fortnightly topic was Science, one that I had suggested, so I couldn't resist ...
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Infinite precision

The man tells you, "To enter the door of infinite precision, you must complete all of these tasks perfectly: Hold in front of me a baby that is exactly two days old. Bring me a metal object that ...
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An easy science/nerd riddle

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Game of science!

These titles are obfuscated by science. 429068 89 (110/2)88(31/2)8716 5758936 89 61(13/2)53(60/2)16 Could someone clarify them?
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My two favorite scientists

Who are my two favorite scientists ?
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Where the water is hotter

There are two perfectly identical boilers containing the same amount of water, switched on and working in identical environments. Both are setup so that the heating starts when the temperature of ...
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A troubling doubling

The answers to all the clues below are rhyming doublets. (Except there is one rhyming triplet, which is marked.) So if I say: Hirsuite stone fruit you reply: Or if I say: Friendly—but not ...
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The summer term exams must go on

The staff at Farthingbottom School are in a bit of a fix: the summer term exams are due to start soon, but the exam papers haven't arrived yet. Dr Linnaeus (the Head of Biology) takes care of ...
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North-facing rocks that soak up polar sunlight [duplicate]

Chapter 155 in the book '365 Surprising Scientific Facts, Breakthroughs, and Discoveries' of Sharon Bertsch McGrayne (Wiley, 1994) states that: North-facing rocks that soak up polar sunlight can be ...
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A Co rious message

sega srmo bryp druc omom ogaz nbrz rcoa gzrb rcdg arur hgag ecoc updn brus b--- - indicates the end of the message. What is this message trying to tell me? Also ...
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How to ruin the environment!

This morning, I woke up and found this strange note that someone must have slid under my door. It's all very confusing to me... Do you know what any of it means? How to ruin the environment! ...
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Why do these apples have no nutritional value?

These apples have no nutritional value. Why?
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A puzzle inspired by “Cryptobiology? Biocryptology?”

This puzzle is a "look-alike" of the puzzle Cryptobiology? Biocryptology? but is different at its core. I was convinced that the other puzzle was trying to go in one direction, but after fruitlessly ...
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Cryptobiology? Biocryptology?

I have a friend who is a self-proclaimed cryptobiologist. Okay, maybe I don't, but if I did, I like to think she would have presented me with this puzzle: Find the hidden message: 441344•...
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A confusing year to study

I'm a teacher at an Academy. I set my students the task of writing a history essay on a year BCE. One of my students, instead of giving me his year, gave me this slip of paper before walking out the ...
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Bowls with water [closed]

I have a half sphere half filled with water. The sphere is made of some infinitely thin material with a mass per unit area so that as I fill the bowl and put it in water it just floats (no water is ...
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Sculptures in a park

Edit: all the unhelpful clues, including bad hinting and misleading ASCII art, were removed and other, (hopefully) more sensible ones were added. You just moved to a new city, and your childhood ...
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Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Mint, Rocky Road, Bubblegum

Up and down. Not right or left. Top and bottom. Neither side. The remaining ones are strange. Would think 'twas charmed. What are we? Hint:
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In the world of three electric charges

Imagine a world in which there are three kinds of electric charges instead of two. In this world, like charges repel and unlike charges attract. Let these types of charges be $A, B$ & $C$. Thus $A$...
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Science riddle: Many of I

By my extreme size, I escape your eye The nature of every thing, is but many of I Since my unveiling, the inexact came by And there came a new discipline to unify What am I? The explanation ...
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Crossing the Bridge together [closed]

Two friends each weighing 150 lbs arrive at a Rope bridge 100 yards long. The warning sign at the start of the bridge informs it can hold only a maximum of 325 lbs of weight at any given second, ...
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What are my friends' names? (A visual puzzle)

While messing around at one evening, I made six small drawings, one for each friend of mine. My drawings were made to be very specific: Taking the action or object represented in any of them, you can ...
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Seven Spheres of Unequal Mass, a weighing problem with a twist

You have a scale that is remarkably sturdy, and there are seven spheres of unequal mass. No sphere has the same mass as any other. There is (almost) no limit to the mass of any sphere, but the most ...
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Feeding Units of Fish to Fussy Toffs

Farthingbottom School is an elite establishment catering for the educational needs of an international group of students from noteworthy families. They have had complaints from some parents that the ...
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45x45 Word Search

You'll need to be a serious fan of these puzzles to find over 300 of the things hidden in this jumble. There are no clues as this is test of knowledge as well as determination. Once you get started it'...
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Skylark of Valeron [closed]

In E.E. 'Doc' Smith's classic Skylark of Valeron, Dick Seaton and party are beset in space by disembodied intelligences. These intelligences working as they do on the 6th order of forces are able to ...
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Slumdog millionaire (2)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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The Motionless Floating Eraser [closed]

First question here; I hope this question fits the rules well :) So, first please see the two images below: As you can find yourself, the eraser appears to float motionless over the register's page, ...
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Nerd on the Loose III - WHO, WHAT & WHY

Preface. After the extraordinarily easy "riddle", I guess I can wrap out everything in this "detective" puzzle. Background. Professor Swannie Taco is a genius in most fields of science and technology....
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Nerd on the Loose II - WHERE & HOW

Preface. Here is an relatively easy one, as compared to the previous part. We already found out when, let's find out where. Background. Professor Swannie Taco is a genius in most fields of science ...
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Nerd on the Loose I - WHEN

Chat. I've created a chat room in case anyone wish to discuss this further. Preface. This is the first time I'm creating a puzzle. Since I find enjoyment in science and technology, the series of ...