Can You Guess the Branch of Science From an Emoji Sequence?
By: Beth Hendricks
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About This Quiz
Science has a long and varied history. As far back as 4000 B.C., human beings tried to make sense of the universe through observation of the sky and stars. They laid the groundwork for the study of diseases and medications, looking to plants and natural elements around them to find relief. Fast-forward a few years, and you'll find scholars in Greece and Asia who started developing and applying mathematical equations to explain things like matter and energy. And we haven't even gotten to guys like Albert Einstein or Nikola Tesla yet!
Merriam-Webster defines science as "the state of knowing." That means, if there's anything in the universe that can be observed — from the weather to animals to communities — there's an "-ology" that fits. Biology, meteorology, audiology, zoology ... and the list goes on! The question is: Are you a prodigy of the "-ologies?" Do you know what the study of telmatology is? That's learning about swamps. How about the study of stomatology? That's learning about the mouth. See what we mean? There's a branch of science for a whole world of knowledge you may never have known existed.
Master the "-ologies" in this quiz by matching a sequence of emojis and a brief description to the correct branch of science. You're under the microscope! Prove you have what it takes to master the science of emoji-ology!
How objects move through the air: Which branch of science focuses on this topic?
If you've ever wondered how a 175,000-pound plane propels through the sky, the study of aerodynamics may be for you. Aerodynamics focuses on the relationship between the air and solid objects that move through it.
All living things need nutrients. Which branch of science studies soil nutrition?
Agrobiology is all about the dirt. Most notably, the nutrition in soil and how it impacts both plants and animals. Scientists in this field may be primarily concerned with how to make the soil more efficient for crop growth.
What's that smell? This branch of science focuses on fragrances and odors and human reaction. What is it?
Have you ever had a fragrance remind you of a specific memory? Scientists actually study things like this in a branch of science known as aromachology. This one is easy to remember since the word "aroma" is right in the mix.
Galileo Galilei was famous in this field, which examines stars, planets and galaxies. What is it?
Galileo Galilei contributed much to the field of astronomy, but perhaps no discovery was as significant as his uncovering of Jupiter's four moons. Today, these moons are referred in honor of Galileo as the Galilean Moons.
Speak up, we can't hear you. Which of these branches of science studies ear and hearing issues?
Not only do we rely on our ears to hear things around us, but problems with them can lead to other issues such as balance problems. Audiologists concern themselves with the study of the ear and hearing and how it can impact other health issues.
It's the circle of life. Which of these scientific fields deals with the study of life?
You likely took biology in school, a subject that had you studying everything from the structure of cells to how plants engage in photosynthesis. Under biology are many subject areas, from biochemistry to ecology.
Green thumb? You might like to study which of these areas of science that focuses on plants?
It's safe to say that botanists have a green thumb and a love of all things green and leafy. Botany studies everything from the structure of plants of all sizes to how plants interact with the environment around them.
Did you know you can study hamburgers? This branch of science is the study of food. What is it called?
From the Greek word, "broma," which means "food," we find bromatology — a study of both food products and the science behind them. Individuals who pursue this field are generally called "food scientists" rather than bromatologists.
Remember studying the periodic table? This branch of science deals with these elements and how they interact. What is it called?
You may not think of yourself as a chemist, but if you've ever baked anything, there was chemistry involved. The field of chemistry is concerned with various elements and substances and how they interact.
If you have a skin rash or a problem with your fingernails, you'd want to see a doctor who specializes in which of these?
Dermatologists went to school to learn more about the study of skin and the various things that affect it. This branch of science is known as dermatology, from the Greek word "dermatos," which means skin.
Which of these branches of science deals with the study of the environment and living beings that inhabit it?
Ecologists study things like how animals co-exist and interact with one another and with the environment they live in. The origin of the word "ecology" is interesting. It comes from the Greek word, "oikos," which means habitation or environment.
This question might gross you out. Which brand of science studies the act of vomiting?
It's a pretty specific field of study, one that studies the act, and causes, of vomiting. It might make it sound better if you refer to vomiting by its technical name — emesis, making it easier to see where this branch of science gets its name.
If there's ever a zombie outbreak, this field of science may help us understand it. What is it?
If we ever have to figure out what's behind the spread of a viral infection that causes a zombie outbreak, we'll need the services of an epidemiologist. They study how diseases spread and how they can be controlled.
Have you ever had someone study you at work? This branch of science does just that. What is it called?
Ergonomics is concerned with how people work while they're at ... work. A great deal of fuss has been made in the past few years about ergonomically-designed work environments that help employees be safe and more productive.
Dracula might have made a career out of this branch of science. Which of these deals with the study of blood?
Hematology focuses on the study of blood and blood disorders like anemia, leukemia and hemophilia. The word hematology derives from the Greek, "haima," which means blood, and makes up words like "hemorrhage" and "hemangioma," both of which concern the blood.
Studying ocean life wouldn't be a bad gig. What is this branch of science called?
Marine biology is the study of what lives in the deep blue sea. Marine biologists may examine schools of fish, sharks, manatees and any other organism — large or small — in the water that covers more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface.
You may find a person who studied weather on your local news broadcast. What branch of science are they interested in?
Meteorologists, better known to some as a "weatherperson," study all types of weather and weather patterns in the atmosphere. Most television stations employ a meteorologist who explains the weather to viewers.
Smile! This branch of science is concerned with the study of teeth. What is it called?
Have you ever had to see an orthodontist? Do you recognize the "odont" in that word? Odontology is the study of teeth. More specifically, odontologists work to understand the anatomy of teeth and are called upon often to help in criminal investigations.
Eye see you! Which branch of science concerns the study of the eye and eye disorders?
Ophthalmology is a branch of science that involves the study of the eye and diseases that can affect it, such as macular degeneration or cataracts. These experts are known as ophthalmologists, which is different than an optometrist.
This branch of science concerns the use of effects of medications. What is it called?
Pharmacologists study how different types of medications are used and how they might impact those taking them. You probably recognize the word "pharma" from your local "pharmacy" or pharmaceutical companies that produce medications.
If you need someone to get inside your mind, someone who studied this branch of science will help. What is it?
Both psychologists and psychiatrists deal with matters of the mind, which makes them ideal choices if you have mental concerns you need to work through. The word psychology stems from the Greek, "psyche," which has been interpreted as "life," "spirit" or "self."
Which of these weather-related branches of science focuses on the study of earthquakes?
Seismologists study earthquakes and the waves earthquakes generate that pass through the Earth. The man who invented the Richter scale, a device that measures an earthquake's intensity, was a seismologist.
You might hear of someone having a screening to detect poisonous substances in the body. What branch of science covers this type of study?
Have you ever heard of a toxicology screening? This is a type of test that assesses the drugs or poisons in a human's system. Toxicology is the study of how these poisons impact the body and how they can be used.
New York, Los Angeles, Houston, too. What branch of science is concerned with studying places such as these?
Believe it or not, the study of cities like New York, Los Angeles and Houston has a name — urbanology. Urbanologists can study these cities to help identify particular problems that plague these communities to help implement solutions.
"You're a grand old flag!" Did you know flags have their own branch of science? Which is it?
How in the world did they get "vexillology" from the study of flags? The Latin word for flag, "vexillum," explains a lot. Flags contain a lot of history, and their design elements are definitely worth of study.
People who love animals may choose to study this field of science. What is it?
Zoologists enjoy studying animals and what they do. That may include understanding the ecosystems in which particular animals live, their diets, characteristics of a species, and a host of other animal-related information.