What shape web does a spider spin in space?
Can spiders weave webs in microgravity? Can shampooing cause hair loss? How much brain do we use at once? Can a person survive on raw food alone? This week we're answering your science questions for you as well as hearing news of the IgNobel prize for research into 'hairodynamics' and a way to wipe out bad memories. For Question of the Week, we ask whether you can substitute a crossword for a gym session and 'think yourself thin'...
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What shape would a spider web be in space?
Why does more of my hair fall out when I wash it with shampoo than when I wash with just water? Only a few strands come out when I wash with water, but a whole lot come out when I use soap.
Trains often have the wheels welded to their axles, so how do they go around corners? Find out with this experiment.
My name's Martin and I have a question about human brain. How is it with the quapacity of the brain that we use? Because theres this well known fact that we only use like ten percent of it, but I somewhere heard that we use as much of it as it is needed at the mom...
Hi Chris et al.,
I love the show and have been meaning to write in for a while to ask you a question.
I heard a scientist make a comment that human beings could not survive for more than three months on raw food alone (I'm pretty sure it was Steve Jones). He made an off-hand...
Scientists have found a simple way to disassociate feelings of fear from the memory of a fearful situation, with potential applications for treating psychological problems.
Just want to know that if rain water originates from the sea and sea water is salty, why than don't the rain taste salty, what happens to the salt content in the process?
Your assistance would be highly appreciated.
Hi Dr Chris,
I am curious to know if the naked scientists think we would be able to read data information on a CD, DVD, or hard-disc etc if we had advanced technology but no historical records of the code or computer language the data is written in.
For example if our civ...
Can tobacco be charred and if so, will it be less bad for you to smoke it?
a friend of mine smokes medicinal marihuana and somehow refuses to believe in vapourizing it to keep health problems further away. He claims that wrapping some tobacco in alufoil and then heating it on a ...
Why does it get dark quickly in winter?
This year's IgNobel Prizes saw the physics award going to Ray Goldstein and colleagues, for understanding the physics of a human ponytail. Ray now calls this the science of "hairodynamics"...
Different fish have different personalities - some are bold, while others are shy. New studies in sticklebacks to work out what mix of shy and bold animals makes the perfect society could actually help understand human social interaction...
I've been a big fan of your show for a few years now and really enjoy how you explain everything scientific so that anyone can understand.
When it came to a friend of mine, who is a farmer, talking about the UK Badger cull and the Badger TB crisis I couldn't get my head aroun...
As a teacher I would like children to understand how learning happens (the biological basis) I've been fascinated to grasp the physical manifestation (as my education focused on neurotransmission) of learning as actual formation of connections between neurones (in real time) tell...
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Sorry to continue trolling you with questions, but I was wondering why my voice always sounds so different on a recorded device then how I think I sound. Everyone seems to have that experience where they think "do I really sound like that?" Do we hear...
Can I think myself thin? Can I eat a really large pudding (dessert) and instead of hitting the treadmill, do a maths problem instead?