Is there a Googol of anything in the Universe?
Are vegetables intelligent? Is Pi a "normal" number? Are humans the only picky eaters? We take on your science questions, including why women generally don't go bald and how fingers can feel cold even though they're warm to the touch. Plus, we're joined by Matt Parker, the Stand Up Mathematician, who takes on your mathematical brain teasers, and explains how a simple mathematical trick can let you predict the numbers on a barcode!
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We bought 2 kilos of minced beef last weekend from a new butcher. My wife added her usual mix of chopped onion, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and cinnamon.
When fried as beef burgers, the meat turns white in colour. It also does not taste of "meat" and not the s...
Stand Up Maths and the Festival of the Spoken Nerd
I am doing AS level physics and I am stuck on a question. My revision guide has no answers, and it does not explain the topic very well. Could you please help me with it?
The question is:
An aeroplane carrying a parcel drop releases a parcel while travelling at a ste...
My aging mother has a hand that feels warm to the touch but, to her, it feels freezing all the time, especially the finger tips. She can't get her GP to take this seriously , especially as she recently broken her other arm. Any idea what this might be? A form of...
Does Vegetable matter have any intelligence?
Using an approach that might also prove successful against HIV, scientists in the US have developed a vaccine for the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores and genital lesions.
I hear there is a maths radio show this weekend so the Spriggs family has a maths question for you (it may also have some physics in it...!):
A concept that we enjoy in the Spriggs household is that of the googol, i.e. 10 to the power 100 or a 1 followed by a ...
Quite often I go out in the morning and I'm in Milton Keynes, so I would expect the moon to rise in the east and set in the west. Sometimes at about 2, 3, 4 o’clock in the morning the moon is low in the east. I was just wondering how that worked out?
There are people in the world who do not like the taste of seafood. Others don't like sweets. Still others avoid bitter or sour foods. We all have different tastes. I am curious however about the rest of the animals on planet Earth. Are there panda bears who...
I was wondering why bleach, when you put it on certain things and the colour disappears and yet, I can put it on my draining board and nothing happens to this. So where does the colour actually go?
Headlines like “Palm trees grew on Antarctica” abounded when climate scientists recently found evidence that the southernmost continent was once a very different world to the one we know now...
Hello Naked Scientists, :)
I was wondering -
If men are hairier than women, why do they lose the hair from their head when women don't ?
Janet France (Welshpool)
When will we find out if pi is normal?
Is there a possiblity of infertility and drinking water out of used plastic bottles?
When we talk about the lottery, we always refer to the 14 million to 1 chance of winning it and I just wondered, if you based it on doing the lottery on a Wednesday and a Saturday, so two 1 pound stakes for instance and you started to doing it when you were 20 years old and you l...
We put mathematician Matt to the test and ask him to predict the last digit of listeners shopping product barcodes!
Was pre-historic cave art only done in caves or is that the only place untouched enough for them to be preserved?
It just seems odd caves would be the only place they would do it.
I really enjoy all the podcasts.
Thanks , George.