Question of the Week

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

24 March 2014

Could we banish planes and instead use the Earth's natural spin to help long distance travel across its surface?

10 March 2014

Does lightning fry fish when its hits the sea or a lake?

24 February 2014

We zoom into MRI scanning to find out why it is so fuzzy and ask, if it was improved, could that help diagnosing...

17 February 2014

We find out if other animals exhibit handed'ness. Plus what does it mean to be left handed and right footed?

10 February 2014

Does the colour of your snot signify the severity or stage of your cold?

03 February 2014

What causes deodorant stains on clothes, and how best to get rid of them?

13 January 2014

There's not that many bugs around this time of year, but those that are seem to collect by by kitchen light. Why...

06 January 2014

Do electrons ever stop spinning? And why don't they ever crash into the centre of the atom?

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!