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

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'...

29 June 2009

When is it a good environmental idea to trade in an old car for a new one - there's so much embodied carbon in a...

22 June 2009

We clean up the science of washing powders, how they work and why stains rather than dyes are removed by them. Plus, we...

15 June 2009

We ask if the Earth rains outwards and loses water to space! Plus, how does laundry detergent target stains but avoid...

08 June 2009

Where would be the best place for an asteroid to strike the Earth? Would deep ocean, land or polar ice cap be the least...

01 June 2009

We find out how sunflowers follow the sun as it moves from east to west and whether the blooms have the same attraction...

25 May 2009

This week, we ask if the human race is evolving to be less intelligent, as those with more education tend to delay...

18 May 2009

How did the waggle dance - the complex dance that honeybees use to describe the whereabouts of good food - evolve in...

11 May 2009

This week's question jet propels us into the blue skies thinking on passenger jet manoeuvrability. Can a large...

04 May 2009

In this Question of the Week, we ask if the positions of the Sun and Moon influence your weight - Is night time your...

27 April 2009

In this Question of the Week, we find out if a magnetic field can stop pipes from clogging up with limescale? Many...