“C” in SCIENCE: The earliest period of the Paleozoic Era, it extends from about 542 to 488 million years ago What is 64? What is the Cretaceous? LIFE SCIENCES: Alimentary, my dear! Waves of contractions moving swallowed food through the esophagus are called this Start Quiz What is testosterone? Secreted by the adrenal glands, adrenaline/epinephrine leads to the famous “fight-or-flight” response. The hormone is also used as a medicine to treat the anaphylaxis seen in people who have allergies to bee stings and to jolt a heart that has gone into cardiac arrest. This $2000 clue appeared on the 24 April 2013 show. It stumped all three contestants. Four moons of Jupiter were discovered in either 1609 or 1610 by an Italian scientist who improved his telescope. His name? Galileo Galilei. This Final Jeopardy! clue appeared on the 16 October 2009 show and earned $15,559—and the win—for a contestant who was in second place. Score SCIENTISTS (DAILY DOUBLE): His “The Galvanic Circuit Investigated Mathematically” received so much “resistance,” he resigned his post at Cologne What is a comet? 0 ALL SCIENCE: Adrenaline is another name for this hormone secreted in response to stress or fear QUIZ: Science does Jeopardy! Top Ranker What are ants? What is 1012? What are rats? Who is Ohm? What is histamine? What is epinephrine? Organic chemistry focuses specifically on this element’s compounds & their reactions GENERAL SCIENCE: George Beadle & E.L. Tatum’s studies of the Neurospora crassa mold on this food helped launch molecular genetics in 1941 What is oxytocin? What is encephalopathy? Find out more about the science behind Jeopardy! A gross has 144 items. It means “large” and comes from the idea of a dozen dozens. This $800 clue appeared on the 11 March 2015 show. What is nitrogen? What are cockroaches? The German mathematician and physicist Georg Ohm studied electricity and elucidated the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance. This was spelled out in his classic book—that was underappreciated when it appeared in 1827—and in a famous equation it contained known as Ohm’s law: voltage = current x resistance. This clue appeared as a Daily Double on the 22 February 2013 show and earned its winner $4000. What is the Cambrian? Question Who is Einstein? What is carbon? What is rash? What is corn? MEDICINE: The word for this disease comes from the same Latin root as “rage” What are bees? What is segmentation? Time’s Up! What is the Calbrian? The Cambrian led to an explosion of life forms, including the evolution of many animals that still roam the earth. Geologist Adam Sedgwick named the period because “Cambria” means Wales, where he did work on rock strata. This $1600 clue appeared on the 9 April 2010 show. It stumped all three contestants. The science of Jeopardy!The scientific literature contains a number of analyses related to Jeopardy!. 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Metrick, “A Natural Experiment in ‘Jeopardy!’.” The American Economic Review 85, 1 (March 1995): 240–253. “This paper uses the television game show ‘Jeopardy!’ as a natural experiment to analyze behavior under uncertainty and the ability of players to choose strategic best responses.”E. Boyle and Z. Shapira, “The Liability of Leading: Battling Aspiration and Survival Goals in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.” Organization Science 23, 4 (July–August 2012): 1100–1113. “We show that leaders are prone to take excessive risks to maintain their leadership position. We refer to this phenomenon as the liability of leading. Our study context is a naturally occurring experiment in strategic decision making, the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.”G. T. Gilbert and R. L. Hatcher, “Wagering in Final Jeopardy!.” Mathematics Magazine 67, 4 (October 1994): 268–277. “We look for a reasonable strategy for wagering in Final Jeopardy!”H. Rachlin, “Making IBM’s Computer, Watson, Human.” Behav Anal. 35, 1 (Spring 2012): 1–16. “This essay uses the recent victory of an IBM computer (Watson) in the TV game, Jeopardy, to speculate on the abilities Watson would need, in addition to those it has, to be human.”J. K. Floyd, “A Discrete Analysis of ‘Final Jeopardy.’” The Mathematics Teacher 87, 5 (May 1994): 328–331. “How can the leader entering FJ [Final Jeopardy] define an optimum strategy, one that maximizes the chance to be invited back for the next show.”MN Khan et al., “Comparison of jeopardy game format versus traditional lecture format as a teaching methodology in medical education.” Saudi Medical Journal 32, 11 (November 2011): 1172–6. “The game format teaching strategy has an added advantage in retaining knowledge of the subject for a longer time compared with a lecture format.”P. Headley, “How I Lost on Jeopardy!.” Math Horizons 6, 4 (April 1999): 27–28. “… we shall see that even this simple game illustrates the paradoxes and pitfalls of game theory, the branch of mathematics devoted to the study of strategy in games.”T. J. Linneman, “Gender in Jeopardy! Intonation Variation on a Television Game Show.” Gender & Society 27, 1 (February 2013): 82–105. “I use the popular game show Jeopardy! to study variation in the use of uptalk among the contestants ‘responses, and argue that uptalk is a key way in which gender is constructed through interaction.” What is the Cerazoic? The 15th most abundant element on earth, carbon is often referred to as “the building block of life.” It’s made in the interior of stars. This $400 clue appeared on the 28 April 2009 show. WEIRD SCIENCE: Researchers at NC State are equipping these household insect pests with mini-transmitters for eventual use in disaster zones What is oxygen? What is misophonia? Average What is a moon? SCIENTIFIC FIRSTS: The first object in our solar system discovered by telescope was not a planet but one of these What is angina? YOU DO THE MATH: It’s the square root of a gross What is a black hole? What is 8? Science takes a look at the science on Jeopardy!—and the scientists who have won big on the popular TV program. This “smart person’s game show” has for many decades offered clues that require answers in the form of questions, and many of those clues explore the history of science or cutting-edge research. The show’s writers carefully research the science clues so there is no more than one correct response—but sometimes contestants prove them wrong. Among the many scientists who have won multiple times on the show are the new CEO of AAAS (publisher of Science) and a bioinformaticist who set a single game record when he won $77,000. Bonus material for the story includes a science quiz, a video on one contestant’s winning strategy, and a compilation of research papers about Jeopardy!.To read the full story, see the 1 May issue of Science. You The university team explored attaching a low-cost, lightweight, wireless receiver and transmitter to Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The device would incorporate sensors and would, via implanted electrodes, control the insects’ movements to direct them to a location. This $800 clue appeared on the 8 February 2013 show. What is the potato? What is rabies? LOADING Peristalsis involves muscles both contracting and relaxing. Earthworms move about in a similar fashion. This $2000 clue appeared on the 28 April 2009 show. It stumped all three contestants. This pair, who shared a Nobel Prize for their work, originated the one gene–one enzyme hypothesis. They produced mutations in bread mold using x-rays and subsequently identified changes in specific enzymes, linking individual genes to those proteins. This $400 clue appeared on the 14 April 2015 show. Rabidus aptly describes the rage and madness caused by the rabies virus, which inflames the brain. Hydrophobia, another symptom, was the original name of the disease. This $2000 clue appeared on the 11 October 2013 show. What is 12? What is gas? Share your score Think you have the science smarts to win on Jeopardy!? We have selected 10 past science clues from various categories and have adapted the classic Jeopardy! question responses to our multiple-choice format. Cue the Jeopardy! theme. Results: You answered out of correctly – Click to revisit What is bread? What is beef? What is silicon? An error occurred loading the Quiz. Please try again later. What is peristalsis? What is an asteroid? 0 / 10 Who is Ampère? Who is Maxwell?