SSC CGL GENERAL AWARENESS Pointers
l A fountain pen works on the principle of capil- Biology
l Iodized salt is beneficial for thyroid function.
l Pycnometer is an instrument used to measure
Iodised salt is table salt mixed with a minute
l Fibre-Optics works on the principle of Total In-
amount of various salts of the element iodine. Defi-
ciency of iodine also causes thyroid gland problems,
l A decibel is a measure of sound level. including “endemic goitre”.
Chemistry l Lac is produced from an insect.
l Bhopal gas tragedy is associated with methyl l Quarantine regulation is concerned with the
isocyanate. prevention of entry of diseased organism.
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Methyl isocyanate is an intermediate chemical in Quarantine regulation is used to separate and re-
the production of carbamate pesticides. It has also strict the movement of persons; it is a ‘state of en-
been used in the production of rubbers and adhe- forced isolation’. This is often used in connection to
sives. As a highly toxic and irritating material, it is disease and illness, such as those who may possibly
extremely hazardous to human health. have been exposed to a communicable disease.
l The acid rain destroys vegetation because it con- l Toxicology is related to the study of poisons.
tains sulphuric acid. l Adrenaline hormone is released in excess quan-
l The source of sun’s energy is nuclear fusion. tity during excitement.
l Nuclear reactors used to produce electricity are l Water in plants is transported by xylem.
based on nuclear fission. l Bat can hear ultrasonic sound.
Success Tip l Scientific study of birds is known as ornitholo-
Both fission and fusion are nuclear reactions that
produce energy, but the applications are not the l Python is a non poisonous snake.
same. Fission is the splitting of a heavy, unstable l Penicillin is used in the treatment of tubercu-
nucleus into two lighter nuclei, and fusion is the losis.
process where two light nuclei combine together re- l Sour milk contains lactic acid.
leasing vast amounts of energy. l Alum stops bleeding in minor cuts because of
l The substance most commonly used as food pre- coagulation.
servative is acetic acid.
l Catalyst is a substance which does not take part
in the re act ion as a r eac tant. It i s not l Countries of south Asia in descending order of
changed by the reaction or used up during their population literacy
the re act ion. It is st ill the re in t he Sri Lanka>India>Pakistan>Bangladesh
same form when the reaction is complete. l The common currency which has been introduced
l Carbon monoxide is the most toxic gas. among 19 European nations is known as Euro.
l Skin of the human body is the first most affect-
ed part by nuclear radiation.
The euro is the official currency of the Euro zone,
l Sulphuric acid is used in the lead storage cells.
which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the
l Tincture iodine is a solution of potassium io-
European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus,
dide. Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland,
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Tincture of iodine or iodine tincture is an antiseptic Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and
it is also called weak iodine solution Spain.
l ‘Plaster of Paris’ is made by partial dehydration l Darwin is called the “Greatest investigator of
of gypsum salt. antiquity”.
l Water can be separated from alcohol water mix- l An expert in precious stones and the art of stone
ture by distillation. cutting is known as lapidary.
l List- 1 (Names) List-2 (Events)
Hobbes Execution of Charles 1
Distillation is a process of separating the component
Rousseau French Revolution
or substances from a liquid mixture by selective evap-
oration and condensation. Locks Glorious Revolution
Hitler Second World War
l Milk sugar is Lactose.