Witnesses to a meteor in Australia in 1978 claimed to have heard strange noises as it streaked overhead. Yet, given that the meteor was 30 kilometers up, if these sounds had come directly from the meteor, people on the ground could not have heard them until almost a minute after the meteor had disappeared. Physicist Colin Keay hypothesized that the light given off by a meteor’s trail must be accompanied by invisible electromagnetic radiation in the form of very low frequency (VLF) radio waves. Such waves, which travel at the speed of light, would reach the observer when the meteor itself came into view.
Subsequent experiments in a soundproof chamber showed that many things can act as transducers to convert VLF waves into audible vibrations. Aluminum foil, thin wires, pine needles, or dry hair all responded to a VLF field. VLF waves induce small charges in such objects, thereby causing them to vibrate in time with the waves’ oscillation. This transducer effect would explain why some people heard the noises while others close by heard nothing. Those who heard sounds were simply nearer to transducers. It could also explain why attempts to record meteor sounds have failed: scientists carefully place their microphones away from possible sources of interference.
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Which of the following statements best describes the function of the highlighted sentence in the context of the passage as a whole?
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In the context in which it appears, “formula” most nearly means
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The passage implies which of the following about the introduction of floral-patterned rugs in Timurid royal courts?
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According to the passage, after the 1440s, Timurid paintings of court scenes
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Which of the following, if true, provides the most support for the argument?
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Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?
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With which of the following statements about Impressionist painting would the author of the passage be most likely to agree?
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The “tradition” refers to the
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The “hypothesis” implies that compared to marine invertebrate larvae that subsist on stored nutrients, marine invertebrate larvae that feed are less likely to
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The passage suggests that the “bryozoan,” the “barnacle species,” and “Capitella worms” all share which of the following characteristics?
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It can be inferred from the passage that if Keay’s proposed explanation of meteor sounds is correct, it is true that
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The passage suggests that Keay formulated his hypothesis in response to
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Which of the following best describes the function of the highlighted sentence?
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According to the passage, the disappearance after 1993 of known evening bat roosts in buildings suggests which of the following?
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The author mentions the fact that evening bats radio-tracked since 1993 have roosted in trees primarily in order to
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According to the passage, payments to wage laborers in the early United States were
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The passage suggests which of the following about records of payments for outwork?
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The author of the passage mentions companies’ recognition that “the results of scientific investigation were necessarily uncertain” primarily in order to