We solve the weirdest, wackiest, funniest and funkiest scientific questions, queries and puzzles...

01 February 2010

We find out if evaporation works in cold weather too! Is it worth using the tumble dryer, after all?

25 January 2010

We find out whether a giant hulk of steel can disrupt a bird's navigation system. Would a 350,000 ton tanker do...

18 January 2010

We find out if the old adage is true - do pets really look similar to their owners? Or is it just that we only tend to...

11 January 2010

In this environmentally-themed QotW we find out how nations across the globe add up their greenhouse gas contributions...

21 December 2009

We discover why delicious chocolate is deadly for dogs. Why should they be denied the pleasure? Plus, we ask how...

14 December 2009

We find out what would happen if you tried to use a stun gun on an elephant. Would you live to tell the tale?

07 December 2009

We find out how one makes more seedless grapes, bananas, oranges and watermelons when they don't have any seeds!

30 November 2009

This week's question is all about the cell-zapping power of radiation. Just how much does a standard medical scan...

23 November 2009

Why is it that we serve white wines and red wines at different temperatures? Does this really affect the bouquet?

16 November 2009

We find out why it is we see red skies at all and the meteorology behind, "Red sky at night, shepherd's...

09 November 2009

We find out how many children a sperm donor will father. Is there a limit to the number?

02 November 2009

Why is it that, when your mum asks you to move the TV aerial to a better position, the signal improves while you move...

26 October 2009

We find out what vitreous floaters are and how they can be removed. Will a coil of wire do the trick?

19 October 2009

How do spiders make such perfect webs? Are they expert architects, mathematical geniuses or natural engineers? Plus, we...

12 October 2009

We find out why we were told as kids not to sit too close to the television. Is there any scientific basis to the...

05 October 2009

We find out how sharks, proud owners of cartilaginous skeletons, make red blood cells without the aid of bone marrow.

21 September 2009

Just what is the point to all those ridges and furrows set into our fingers, toes, palms and soles? We do some...

14 September 2009

We discover what it is that makes fewer or more waves crash against the shore each minute. Is it the tides, the sun or...

07 September 2009

We find out if and how plants might combat little nasties like bacteria and viruses. Plus, we ask what defines the...

03 August 2009

We find out why tattoos can hang around for a lifetime. Plus, we ask if plants have an immune system.

27 July 2009

We find out how pacemakers keep your heart in check, even if you go running after a bus. Plus, we ask how tattoos...

20 July 2009

We find out what it is that makes rice-based cereals so noisy. Plus, we ask how does a pacemaker know to keep step with...

13 July 2009

We find out how developing bird embryos get their oxygen whilst trapped inside an egg. Plus, we ask what makes...

06 July 2009

In this Question of the Week, we ask if we sneeze in our sleep? What stops us from 'atchoo'ing while we'...