Question of the Week - From the Naked Scientists

Question of the Week - From the Naked Scientists

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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...

Episodes

Can light exert a force to move an object? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.10.24  

Why don't you get thrown backwards when you switch on your torch? Kerstin Gpfrich made her way to the Nanophotonics Centre in Cambridge to find out from Dr. Anna Lombardi. The answer to Matt's question may blow you away...

How much younger would you be after 50 years on Jupiter? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.10.16  

Could a jaunt to Jupiter be the physics-version of anti-wrinkel cream? This week, Kerstin Gpfrich convinced physicist Dr Stuart Higgins to go on a mission to answer Troy's question...

Does regular hand soap kill germs?  - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.10.10  

This week, Connie Orbach has been cleaning up, answering Dale's question he sent in on Facebook: does soap really kill off germs?, with the help of Cherly Trundle from Addenbrooke's hospital infection control team.

Could nuclear testing cause earthquakes? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.09.26  

To get a handle on this shaky question Connie Orbach called in Dr Alex Copley from Cambridge University's Department of Earth Sciences...

Do animals experience the placebo effect? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.09.19  

Joshua asked us whether animals could ever experience the placebo effect. To find out, Laura Brooks spoke to Eleanor Drinkwater, researcher in animal behaviour at the University of York...

Why does line drying make clothes rough? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.09.12  

Kevin got in touch ask why clothes dried on a washing line can end up feeling rough, crunchy and stiff... To find out, our Laura Brooks contacted Neil Lant at the Fabric and Home Care research and development division of Proctor and Gamble, who make Lenor fabric softener.

Can we unlearn something that we have already learned? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.08.22  

It is not only learning that can appear to be quite hard; it's unlearning that we struggle with. How do we unlearn? Is there any technique for unlearning things? Claire Armstrong put this to neuroscientist Laura Ford, from the University of Cambridge...

If we slice the earth in half what would it look like from space? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.08.01  

Lucka Bibic spoke to Prof Marian Holness from University of Cambridge to take her through Robert's question...

Why does our stomach grumble when we are hungry? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.07.25  

This week, Natasha from Australia wrote in to ask why her stomach grumble when she is hungry. Lucka Bibic enlisted Dr Roshini Raj from Medical Trinity Center in New York to find out what causes the rumbly in our tumbly!

How did the moon get its markings? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.07.18  

Listener Loot got in touch to ask how the moon got its markings. Claire Armstrong looked towards the heavens for the answer and spoke to the Open University's planetary expert Professor David Rothery.

Did the cavemen have names? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.07.11  

Listener Kat got in touch to ask if cavemen really did have names and when did humans start naming each other. Lucka Bibic went in search of cavemen's names with the Professor of Linguistics at MIT, Shigeru Miyagawa.

How do octopus camouflage? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.06.27  

Listener Android got in touch to ask how octopuses camouflage themselves if they are colour blind. Graihagh Jackson went under the sea to see if the seaweed is always greener on the other side with Cambridge University's Felicity Bedford...

How do noise cancelling headphones work? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.06.06  

Mark got in touch to find out how noise cancelling headphones work. Can they damage your ears by playing back loud background noise? Fanny Yeun spoke to Trevor Cox to cut the rumble...

How does cooking affect digestion? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.05.23  

Listener Solomon emailed us to find out exactly what role cooking plays in digestion. Emma Sackville met up with Dr. Giles Yeo to break down the question.

Could we recognise a message from space? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.05.09  

This week, Jeff wrote in to ask whether we would be able to recognise and understand an encrypted message from space. Emma Sackville enlisted Dr. Duncan Forgan from the University of St. Andrews to help decode this question...

How fast can an elevator go? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.04.25  

Listener Paul got in touch to ask if it's true that there's almost no restriction in the speed an elevator could ascend when it comes to the human body, but that there was a limiting speed for the descent. Graihagh Jackson was perplexed and intrigued by the question and so went to meet engineer, Dr Philip Garsed from Cambridge University to get up to speed...

Why does spicy food make me hiccup? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.04.11  

Connie Orbach get's to grip with Lebonhang's question and ask Dr Clemancy Booth to help...

Can two planets share the same orbit? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.04.04  

This week, Jonathan asked us if it's possible for two planets to share the same orbit. Naked Scientist Graihagh Jackson put this to Dr Stuart Higgins from Cambridge University...

Do humans have pheromones? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.03.07  

People can certainly smell whiffy and sometimes this is attractive, other times not so much but is this a feature of pheromones? Lots of species of mammals have them, so what makes us humans any different? This week , Felicity Bedford sniffed out the answer with Tristan Wyatt from the University of Oxford...

Why do mosquitoes prefer some people over others? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.03.01  

Felicity Bedford enlisted the help of Glasgow University's Heather Ferguson for this biting question...

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