Question of the Week

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

11 December 2013

Does a fly evolve faster than a toad? A whale slower than a barnacle? And if so, how does our bodies immune system keep...

04 December 2013

So sweat. Do the birds and bees do it? And even educated fleas? Or is sweating just limited to humans and err, horses?

20 November 2013

We find out how our thoughts can get so overloaded that we experience visual cortex blindness and overlook the obvious!

13 November 2013

We find out why some humans squirt saliva from their mouth as a fine jet of spit.

06 November 2013

We find out if raising your baby to be bilingual is a good or bad thing for brain development.

30 October 2013

We often see headlines that foods like red wine and veggie curry might decrease your likelihood of catching cancer. Is...

23 October 2013

Why do I fart after cottage pie? And what exactly is a fart? Do certain foods and cooking techniques affect fart...

16 October 2013

Could you pass the flu onto your pooch? Could your dog then sneeze over your Great Aunt Mildred? We find out!

09 October 2013

Who's your Bronze Age Ancestor?

02 October 2013

We examine whether Earth can sustainably support this many humans.

25 September 2013

Does the cycle of the moon affect your sleep patterns? We find out!

18 September 2013

What are the relative risks of e-cigarettes, nicotine patches and snuff?

11 September 2013

Why, and how, is pregnancy associated with high sensitivity to smell?

04 September 2013

Would it kill you to have a penny dropped on your head from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in...

29 August 2013

We find out what happens in our brains as we dream, why we have them, and what nightmares are all about.

22 August 2013

We find out why ice cubes can make fizzy drinks bubble over, by asking a French champagne specialist!

15 August 2013

Could other planets make a substance like diamond?

08 August 2013

We find out if dark matter can clump together to form dark planets, dark suns, or dark moons.

03 August 2013

5 yr old Georgia asks how did the cells in her mum's tummy know to make her brain cells? A Nobel Laureate provides...

25 July 2013

We brush away at this question: is it better for your teeth to suck on, or chew, your sweets?

18 July 2013

Are babies the ultimate yoginis? How do they do their headstands in the womb? We find out!

11 July 2013

Can we get power from poo?

04 July 2013

Naked Physicist Dave Ansell tries to recreate Space in his garden, in order to get to grips with a listeners question...

27 June 2013

How does training affect conscious control? What happens to automatic movements as we age?