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

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...

15 December 2008

What is tryptophan, and does Turkey really make you sleepy? We find out in this seasonal Question of the Week. Plus, we...

08 December 2008

What is it that makes us laugh? We find out what makes us giggle and keeps stand up comedians in work! Plus, we ask if...

01 December 2008

Could a psychopath pass a lie detector test, if they felt no remorse for their crimes? We find out if the technology is...

24 November 2008

In this Question of the Week, we learn the correct etiquette for attending a birthday party on the Moon - Should you...

17 November 2008

Are we the only animals who cook our food? Why do we need to cook, and if it's so good, why haven't other...

10 November 2008

If the human race were to become spontaneously extinct, how long would it take for all evidence of us to be wiped from...

03 November 2008

Why does time seem to go quicker as we age? It seems that the longer we live, the shorter the days seem to be....

27 October 2008

Where should you put your bags to best balance your bike? Will groceries on the handlebars waste your pedal power? We...

20 October 2008

How do you get the best out of your batteries? Should you discharge them completely, or keep them permanently topped up...