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Nuclear Knowledge Knackered? Quiz Quite Quick

atomic energy badgeAnd a good way to jog your memory on some basic nuclear energy-related information. Not to be too much the carnival barker, but the last NEI quiz about nuclear energy was a lot of fun and now there is a new one for you to test yourself against. I won’t give away any of the questions, but it starts off pretty easy and then becomes more challenging. I will say that all the answers should be recallable by anyone with an interest in nuclear energy; just in case, there’s a link to some helpful information. Be sure to read through it before starting the quiz.

And there’s even a chance of a prize, in this case a practical, useful and wet (once you fill it) NEI water bottle.

The Boy Scout nuclear science merit badge. See here for how you can get one of these.

Once, at a Scout Jamboree, I won a prize by naming all the state capitals as they blinked on a screen. It’s one of the few things I remember about being a Boy Scout. So you see, getting all the answers right is something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Okay, that was prime carnival barker.


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