Question Of The Week - From The Naked Scientists

Sinopsis

Each week we set out to solve one of the world's weirdest, wackiest, funniest and funkiest scientific puzzles. And along with the answer there's a brand new question to think about for next time...

Episodios

  • How to see faint stars

    How to see faint stars

    28/04/2019 Duración: 04min

    Sean asked "Why is it that when you look directly at a small faint star it disappears, but when you look at a point near it, you can see it again?" Ben McAllister has been searching far and wide for the answer to this cosmological conundrum... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Can purple carrots turn your skin purple?

    Can purple carrots turn your skin purple?

    31/03/2019 Duración: 04min

    We received this question from Aidan, "Consuming orange carrots in high excess can turn your skin orange, because of the beta-carotene. What about purple carrots?" Jack Tavener and Katie Haylor have been crunching through some research to get to the root of this question.If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Plus, for more podcasts by The Naked Scientists head to nakedscientists.com/podcasts. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Why do socks disappear in the wash?

    Why do socks disappear in the wash?

    18/03/2019 Duración: 03min

    We received this question from Chani... "My socks never stay together in the wash. One always disappears. Is there a scientific explanation for where those socks go? Why are they so unhappy in monogamous relationships?"Izzie Clarke asked Rob Eastaway, mathematician and author of "How Many Socks Make A Pair", to sort out the odds. For more podcasts, head to nakedscientists.com or like and subscribe to The Naked Scientists or Question of the Week on your favourite podcast app. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Effect of ethanol on brain?

    Effect of ethanol on brain?

    04/03/2019 Duración: 03min

    Donald asked us what specific effects ethanol has on the brain and why certain regions are more impacted than others when we have a drink. This week, Joe Galea, from the University of Birmingham, helps us to distil the answer... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Why can some people imitate accents?

    Why can some people imitate accents?

    18/02/2019 Duración: 03min

    Lia asked us why some people seem to be naturally good at imitating voices and accents. To get the last word, Adam Murphy got an answer from Jonathan Goodman, from the Language Sciences Department at Cambridge University... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Why do candles smoke and smell?

    Why do candles smoke and smell?

    04/02/2019 Duración: 03min

    Richard was wondering why do candles make more smoke and smell after they've gone out. Jenny Gracie has been sniffing out an answer from Duncan Graham at the University of Strathclyde and Ricky Carvel from the University of Edinburgh to help shed some light on the question... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • QotW - What language do deaf people think in?

    QotW - What language do deaf people think in?

    28/01/2019 Duración: 03min

    Bree asked: If a person is born completely deaf and can't hear a thing, what language do they think in? We asked Dr Mairead MacSweeney, director of the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Do plants eat dirt?

    Do plants eat dirt?

    21/01/2019 Duración: 03min

    Marcus was wondering how trees, such as giant oaks, can grow so huge and not make a hole in the ground. Where does their mass come from if not from the dirt? Jenny Gracie has been digging deep to find an answer, with help from Andrew Weatherall from the National School of Forestry at the University of Cumbria... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Why doesnt old soap make suds effectively?

    Why doesnt old soap make suds effectively?

    14/01/2019 Duración: 04min

    When a bar of soap gets used a lot and gets smaller, it seems to struggle to form suds properly. Is something other than just a smaller surface area going on? Eva Higginbotham has been scubbing up to answer this question with the help of Phillip Broadwith, Business Editor at Chemistry World, and Paul Dauenhauer from the University of Minnesota... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • What happens to bubbles in space?

    What happens to bubbles in space?

    17/12/2018 Duración: 03min

    This week, Malcolm's been watching the science fiction film, Passengers. He wanted to know what happens to air bubbles in water if gravity was suddenly turned off. Adam Murphy spoke to Stuart Higgins from Imperial College London, and to David Kinahan from Dublin City University, to get an answer to this weighty question... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Can dogs recognise each other as dogs?

    Can dogs recognise each other as dogs?

    26/11/2018 Duración: 03min

    Do we know if a Great Dane meeting a Chihuahua recognises it as another dog? We asked Professor Donald Broom from Cambridge University and Dr Charlotte Duranton to help us sniff out the answer to Dotty's question. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • How do you fly in a hurricane?

    How do you fly in a hurricane?

    19/11/2018 Duración: 04min

    This week, Daniel wants to know why hurricane researchers seem to use propeller-driven planes when flying into the eye of the storm. Eva Higginbotham spoke to Dr Anna Young of the University of Cambridge's Whittle laboratory, to find out what's 'up' in the field of aeroplane engines. Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • When did we become modern day humans?

    When did we become modern day humans?

    12/11/2018 Duración: 03min

    With the help of Cambridge University's Professor Robert Foley, Sam Brown took a trip back in time to answer Stuart's question: If you could bring a baby from the past to grow up in the present, how far back could you go before people would notice that this was a time travelling baby? Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • How do wombats produce cube-shaped poo?

    How do wombats produce cube-shaped poo?

    29/10/2018 Duración: 03min

    Poo comes in many shapes and sizes. We are used to seeing it on the street or accidentally stepping in different forms including tubes from dogs, pellets from rabbits or big splats from cows, but I have never come across cubic poo. Tamsin Bell asked Dr Louise Gentle from Nottingham trent University to help us out with this stinker... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Is second hand smoke more dangerous than smoking a cigarette?

    Is second hand smoke more dangerous than smoking a cigarette?

    21/10/2018 Duración: 04min

    Is it true that second hand smoking or passive smoking is more likely to give you cancer than smoking a cigarette? Tamsin Bell put this to Stefan Marciniak from the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Why do I feel the pressure of wellies in water?

    Why do I feel the pressure of wellies in water?

    30/09/2018 Duración: 03min

    When standing barefoot in water, we don't feel the water pressure on our feet. But when wearing Wellington boots, we do feel a pinching - why? We asked Colm-cille Caulfield, Professor at Cambridge University, to help us wade through the science of Daniel's question... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Why is Blu-Tack sticky?

    Why is Blu-Tack sticky?

    23/09/2018 Duración: 02min

    Tom asked us "Why is Blu-Tack sticky?" Adam Murphy spoke to Jennifer Gaughran, researcher at Dublin City University, to see if she could help with a question that had us stuck... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Could we terraform the Moon?

    Could we terraform the Moon?

    16/09/2018 Duración: 03min

    Chad asked us "Is it possible to terraform the Moon, so that humans could live there long-term?". Tamsin Bell spoke to David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University, to see what he had to say... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Do wild animals get allergies?

    Do wild animals get allergies?

    02/09/2018 Duración: 02min

    On Twitter, Andrew asked us: "Do wild animals suffer from allergies, and if so, does this occur at the same rate as in humans?" We spoke to Wild Immunologist Andy Flies, from the University of Tazmania, to sniff out an answer... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

  • Are there more stars in the sky or grains of sand on the earth?

    Are there more stars in the sky or grains of sand on the earth?

    19/08/2018 Duración: 03min

    Are there more grains of sand on Earth or stars in the sky, and who counted them? We search heaven and Earth to answer Jeff's question, recruiting astronomer Michael Merrifield from Nottingham University to help out... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

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