Question of the Week

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

02 April 2012

This week we find out why we seek out food when we already have enough energy stored around our waists in the form of...

26 March 2012

This week we find out about the inequality of the temperature scale as a listener asks: "If we can have a lower...

19 March 2012

Could you get cancer from someone else? Tasmanian devils can catch cancer transmitted through biting. Are there...

13 March 2012

If there were a large object, say a meteorite falling straight down where you are standing, what kind of warning would...

05 March 2012

We know that nothing persists for ever so surely plastics in the sea have to break down at some point. How long does it...

27 February 2012

How much is now possible with genetic engineering? Plus we ask will the plastics in the sea ever degrade?

20 February 2012

Which film tops the charts with their most realistic use of lasers? Plus we ask, is it now possible to cross a kangeroo...

13 February 2012

We find out if fermentation yeast survive being blasted into outer Space, we find out if it is possible to brew up a...

06 February 2012

How much of the baby you were born as it still part of you now? Plus we ask - can you brew beer in space?......

30 January 2012

We're told to save electricity by switching off devices on standby. But if a home is heated solely by electricity...

23 January 2012

This week I'll be getting inside your head..... with a question from Jarraryd Dunn

16 January 2012

When cooking caramels why does temperature rise in stages? With New Year's Resolutions in full swing we sink our...

09 January 2012

Can wearing sunglasses fool your senses into thinking there is less sun and increase your risk of getting sunburn? We...

19 December 2011

Why would your feet seem further away when lying down? We put our visual depth perception to the test to find out how...

12 December 2011

Fish reproduce by squirting out eggs and fertilising them, so where's the joy in that? Is there any form of...

05 December 2011

Why is it that the sound of nails being dragged down a blackboard makes every muscle tense and every nerve jangle? We...

28 November 2011

For those who are long or short-sighted, have you ever experienced an inability to focus on objects in the mirror -...

21 November 2011

When two abnormalities in space time collide, what sort of mess are they likely to produce? Will we see it? Find out in...

15 November 2011

Given that a foetus is essentially a swimming thing on the end of a piece of string, how is it that the two don't...

07 November 2011

The pupil of the eye dilates in low-light conditions. Does this mean that the same amount is let into the eye when we...

30 October 2011

Many people across the world are able to grow moustaches and beards, but are these the same as whiskers? Find out in...

23 October 2011

Astronauts have to put up with living in zero gravity, so how might they go about avoiding its ill effects? Find out in...

17 October 2011

Black holes emit Hawking radiation and gradually reduce in size, so is there a critical mass at which a black hole can...

10 October 2011

Human excrement burns quite well, so why not use it to power a house? But how could this be done? Find out in this...