Question of the Week

Naked Scientists  |  Podcast, ±4 min episodes every 1 week, 2 days
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...

Can cheese give you nightmares?

Chris wanted to know if it's true what your mum always told you. Does cheese really give you nightmares? Danielle Blackwell spoke to Max Sanderson, a neuroscientist to find out more...

Eels: A source of electricity?

Bonga tweeted us asking if we could ever use eels as a source as electricity? Would it be efficient? And how would it compare to other energy sources? Khalil Thirlaway caught up with Dr David LaVan from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to find out...

What parasites can I catch from my pets?

From worms to fleas and even microscopic single celled organisms, our pets can transfer a world of parasites to us if we are not careful. Prof Susan Little, a Veternary Parasitologist tells us what parasites we might catch and how we might prevent them.

Are smartphones changing our brains?

It's said that taxi drivers' brains have increased growth in certain areas from navigating around cities. Is increasing smartphone use having a similar effect on other parts of our brains?

Why does petrol create a rainbow on water?

We find out why petrol creates a rainbow effect when in contact with water, and how the behaviour of light can create all these colours.

Do we really need vitamins?

We chew over some important questions relating to vitamins, including what are they? Do we really need them? Can our bodies store them? And what would happen if we didn't consume any?

What causes the Earths plates to move?

Where does the energy in the movement of tectonic plates come from? Apparently the reason is analogous to how your porridge gets heated up in the morning. We find out why!

Can you catch a yawn from a cat?

Why do we yawn? Is it because we're short on air? Matthew Boniface wanted to know this and whether he could catch a yawn from his cat. We spoke to Dr Hugh Matthews from Cambridge University to find out what makes them so contagious...