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...
27
OCT

How will life end on Earth?

Will we cause our own demise by burning the candle at both ends? Or will it be something like the giant impact that caused the dinosaurs to go extinct? What do you think?
08
SEP

What happens if a bee gets lost?

If you accidentally relocate a bee in your car, what happens? Would it join another colony or would that be it for the lost bee? For the answer to this insterest-sting question, we spoke to Henry Ferguson-Gow from the Zoological Society of London.
01
SEP

Can we use solar panels in space?

Could we get solar power from space and if so, how would we be able to transmit this energy back to Earth and use it? We spoke to John C. Mankins from Artemis Innovation Management Solutions to find out...
18
AUG

Do emotional and pain-induced tears differ?

Humans are the only animals that cry tears of emotion as well as pain. But does each type of tear differ in its chemical composition, and can you tell why someone was crying from looking at this?
03
AUG

Can humans spontaneously combust?

This week, we tackle the burning issue of spontaneous human combustion. Reported cases of people bursting into flames nowhere near a fire. Is there any scientific explanation for this?
28
JUL

How much of my body can I live without?

Which organs are vital and which are luxuries of life? We asked Elena Teh, Medical student at Cambridge University, for the gory details...