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

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...

20 April 2009

As they can't close their eyes, how do fish sleep? We find out in this Question of the Week. Plus, we ask if...

30 March 2009

This Question of the Week is about getting to the root of toxic snake bites. Why do Aussie snakes have such a venomous...

22 March 2009

In this week's QotW we find out what food to eat if you want to turn orange. Plus, we ask why Australian snakes...

16 March 2009

On this Question of the Week, we ask if humans grow a winter coat, and then moult in the winter, as so many other furry...

09 March 2009

In this Question of the Week, we discover the biological basis of burns - just what does happen to your cells when you...

02 March 2009

This week, we search our own databanks to find out how much energy it takes to search for something on Google. Plus, we...

23 February 2009

In this special Question of the Week, we explore the reasons why trees, even when closely related an in the same...

16 February 2009

Why should milk 'change it's tune' when it's being steamed? In this Question of the Week, we find...

09 February 2009

Could a robotic suit make a ballerina out of a buffoon? Could technology allow ordinary people to perform extraordinary...

02 February 2009

How does spit make your shoes so shiny? We find out in this Question of the Week...

26 January 2009

You can instantly tell if there are three objects on a table, but if there are twenty, you would need to count them to...

19 January 2009

Petrified wood is a type of fossil, but some claim to have seen wooden fence posts that have already become petrified....

12 January 2009

Meteorites, dust and other space rubbish is falling to Earth all the time, but does any of it ever contain life? We...

22 December 2008

If you're given an excess of chocolate or sweets as a present, is it better for you to wolf them all down in a...