Question of the Week

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

20 July 2015

How much of a wheat field do you need to make one loaf of wholemeal bread?

06 July 2015

Gold? Oxygen? Heroin? The Naked Scientists find out what the most expensive element is...

29 June 2015

Is the assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint correct?

08 June 2015

Babies are 'foreign objects' in the body, so why don't they trigger an immune response?

01 June 2015

If we were to travel to gas giant Jupiter, would we sink to the core?

11 May 2015

What is this mysterious box? Is it is as clever as we think? And is it even black?

27 April 2015

How are robotic voices generated? And what's their future? Will they ever sound human?

12 April 2015

Unripe pears are dry, yet ripe pears are juicy so how do they become moist?

23 March 2015

Can cheese give you nightmares?

16 March 2015

Can we harvest the power from eels as a source of electricity?

09 March 2015

Our pets can attract a whole host of parasites, but which ones can we catch?

23 February 2015

Why do we need to urinate more often in cold weather?

16 February 2015

How is using smartphones changing our brain activity?

09 February 2015

Can animals other than humans experience same-sex attraction?

02 February 2015

Why does petrol create a rainbow effect when in contact with water?

26 January 2015

Could vacuum cleaners fitted to ships suck up all the plastics in the oceans?

19 January 2015

Different types of waking dreams affect how refreshed you feel.

12 January 2015

What are vitamins? What happens if we don't get enough of them? Can we store them?

15 December 2014

The tectonic plates below our feet move. But where does the energy for this come from?

01 December 2014

Can you catch a yawn from a cat? Plus, how and why do the Earth's tectonic plates move?

24 November 2014

Are we there yet? We look at whether flights are going to be getting faster any time soon.

17 November 2014

If you were swallowed by a whale, could you swim out or would you be digested?

10 November 2014

Facial hair a different colour to that on your head? We stroke our beards to ponder why...

27 October 2014

Will we cause our own demise by burning the candle at both ends?