Question of the Week

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

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?

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?