Question of the Week

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


13 October 2008

Why do songs, even those you hate, sound better the more you hear them? We find out why familiarity can defeat contempt...

06 October 2008

Why do we have different blood groups, such as A, B, O and rhesus positive or negative? Do animals have blood groups?...

29 September 2008

Why do eyebrows, and other bodily hair, grow out of control as we get older?

22 September 2008

Sharks seem to smell blood underwater from miles away in mere seconds - but how fast do smells really travel underwater...

15 September 2008

Are Glow-in-the-Dark watches a radiation hazard? Should you store your best timepiece in a lead lined box? Find the...

08 September 2008

Does our memory have a limited capacity? In this Question of the Week, we'll find out if learning something new...

29 July 2008

Do we drink the same water that dinosaurs drank? Has your water passed through the countless bladders of the past? In...

21 July 2008

How old is the oldest organism? In this Question of the Week we find out if any organism has found the secret of...

14 July 2008

How does the Bornean Flat-Headed Frog breathe when it has no lungs? No, it's not a bad joke, it's our...

07 July 2008

Why are dreams so hard to remember? In this Question of the Week, we find out why your night time imagination slips...

30 June 2008

Why are copper compounds so colourful? In this week's Question of the Week we find out how one metal can have so...

24 June 2008

If you burn your Pizza to a crisp, are you left with a low calorie (if not very tasty) meal? In this Question of the...

23 June 2008

Being struck by lightning can be a heart-stopping experience - but could a second strike re-start your heart? In this...

09 June 2008

Most fish live in either freshwater or saltwater, but some live in both. In this Question of the Week we find out how...

02 June 2008

How do you make a didgeridoo do what it does do? For this week's QotW, we find out how the length and shape of the...

26 May 2008

If we ever do find alien life around other stars, just how would E.T. phone home? We find out what technology we would...

19 May 2008

How long was a big dino's lifespan? Did they live for hundreds of years, or a short but glorious reign?

12 May 2008

Wearing earplugs may help to cut out external noises, but why does it make it impossible to eat crunchy crisps? In this...

05 May 2008

What keeps the Olympic torch alight, in flight? To keep the Olympic spirit burning, it must need to travel on...

29 April 2008

When will we run out of oil? In the 1970s, it was predicted that oil wells would run dry by the year 2000, but new...

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?