Question of the Week

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

21 April 2008

Should you turn off the TV in a thunderstorm? In this electrifying Question of the Week we find out if an attached...

14 April 2008

How long would you survive sealed in a compact car? Is there enough oxygen to survive your journey, or should you just...

07 April 2008

Should you drink wine in the desert? Would an alcoholic drink dehydrate you faster than no drink at all? If so, should...

31 March 2008

Why is it that some people speak with an accent, but this can almost completely disappear when they sing?

17 March 2008

This week, we find out how, and why, we time the tides so precisely - does anyone need to know tide times to the...

10 March 2008

Does long, dirty hair grow slower? Will washing or cutting your locks make them grow more quickly? And does cut hair...

04 March 2008

Our question this week concerns caves - we find out if more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes caves to grow...

25 February 2008

Do our noses tell the truth? Does a strong smell mean a lot of odour in the air, or can we be tricked by small smells?

18 February 2008

Books can hold stories, knowledge, ideas and memories - but what about the smell? What gives an old book that...

11 February 2008

Electric Eels use an electric shock to stun their prey, but how do they avoid shocking themselves? And how far does the...

04 February 2008

How do they make, or recycle, oxygen on the international space station?

28 January 2008

This week, we find out if an aeroplane on a treadmill could the plane still take off, and ask how air is made in space...

21 January 2008

Who free-wheels downhill faster, a fatter cyclist or a thinner cyclist?

13 January 2008

This week we find out why boomerangs keep coming back, and ask would a plane on a treadmill still take off, and who...