The Metro Saturday science quiz: April 15 | Tech News

How much do you remember from the week’s news? (Pictures: Getty/ PA)

Welcome to our new Saturday quiz.

Each week we’ll be looking back on some of the weird and wonderful stories that emerged in science and technology over the previous seven days.

From Elon Musk’s surprise BBC interview to the latest interplanetary mission launch, this week’s been a busy one.

And it’s not just breaking news – one of this week’s discoveries revealed an event from almost 2,000 years ago.

So, have you been paying attention?

Take the quiz to find out. Scroll down for the answers and let us know how you got on in the comments.

Mount Vesuvius (Picture: Getty)

1. Scientists have discovered that one of the blasts from the 79CE eruption of Mount Vesuvius was hot enough to do what?

a) Melt stone buildings
b) Turn victims’ brains to glass
c) Evaporate clouds above Pompeii
d) Boil rivers more than 100miles away

2. Which of the following is not a conflict resolution personality, according to psychologists?

a) Owl
b) Fox
c) Crocodile
d) Shark

3. The mayor of which city has caused controversy by planning to redeploy robot dogs on its police force?

a) London
b) Cairo
c) New York
d) Tokyo

4. The widow of Peanuts creator Charles M Schulz was awarded one of Nasa’s highest honours after which character from the show flew around the Moon?

a) Charlie Brown
b) Peppermint Patty
c) Woodstock
d) Snoopy

Elon Musk sat down for a last-minute interview with the BBC’s James Clayton (Picture: PA)

5. Who did Elon Musk say had taken over as CEO of Twitter during his impromptu interview with the BBC?

a) His dog, Floki
b) Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey
c) Elon’s triplet sons Kai, Saxon and Damian
d) Nick Clegg

6. Hyperwrite unveiled a new AI personal assistant that will soon be able to browse the internet and complete online tasks for users. In its demo, what did the program order?

a) A holiday
b) An adult-sized rabbit costume
c) All 27 Jack Reacher novels
d) A Domino’s pizza

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket carrying the JUICE spacecraft blasts off from Kourou, French Guiana (Picture: AFP)

7. On Friday, the European Space Agency’s JUICE spacecraft blasted off in search of extraterrestrial life. But where is it looking?

a) Mars
b) Jupiter’s moons
c) The Andromeda galaxy
d) Pluto


1. b A wave of hot gas over 500C vitrified the brain of a victim in nearby Herculaneum

2. c A crocodile. The other three – owl, fox and shark – are all conflict resolution styles defined by psychologists

3. c New York mayor Eric Adams has pledged to bring back robot dogs for patrols after they were suspended following a blacklash from residents

4. d A cuddly Snoopy took part in Nasa’s Artemis I mission, which successfully orbited the Moon last year

5. a In a wide-ranging interview, Musk twice said his Shiba Inu Floki was now CEO of the company

6. d A Domino’s pizza – the program will soon be available as a Chrome extension

7. b The JUICE spacecraft- JUpiter ICy moons Explorer – will spend seven and a half years travelling to Jupiter, surveying three of its moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa, for signs of life

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