Ask The Naked Scientists SA

NAKED SCIENTISTS  |  Podcast , ±23 min episodes every 1 week, 2 days  | 
Why scratch your head if you don't know the answer? What about the Earth made the dinosaurs so big? Why does the Universe spin? Is the Sun seem brighter in the morning than the evening? Are autistic people particularly at home with computers? Why do effervescent tablets fizz only in water? Why do Parkinson's patients sleepwalk without difficulty? Plus, news of a decoy molecule that can treat dwarfism and what earwax has revealed about blue whales...

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01
JUL

Do we sneeze in our sleep?

Why chainsaw's blunt over time, planet rotation, Star Trek's on the money with scientific accuracy, mathematical conundrums, sneezing in your sleep, the kinetic energy of a sneeze and our perception of flavour. Lester and Dr Chris have the answers... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
24
JUN

Counting all the stars in the known universe

Consumption of energy in the brain; the role of my adam's apple; seed anatomy; why there are so many planets; body components that suck oxygen from the air; NASA predicts the number of stars in our universe; why do flowers bloom in spring; measuring the milky way; the chemical properties of bromine; pursuing the origns of life; if the moon isn't cheese, what is it made of? Dr Chris Smith joins 567 Cape Talk's Lester Kiewit to talk the answers through... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
17
JUN

Drinking alcohol as you soak?

Soap on the bathroom mirror with a hot shower running; sedatives acting unusually; coffee reduces tiredness but also provides a lick of energy; does a glass of sherry warm you up on a cold night; how do you contract shingles; asian flush; water density experiment for you to try at home; is the conflict in Ukraine speeding up climate change. Dr Chris Smith joins 567 Cape Talk's Lester Kiewit to talk the answers through... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
03
JUN

DNA fingerprints after an arm transplant!

The Platinum Jubilee; aerodynamics and physics of tailgating vehicles; why planets and the moon are all in the same orbital plane; how ants lead their nest-mates to a food source; animal extinction; how light can reveal what something is made of; do transplant recipients inherit genetic diseases from their donors; and would someone with an arm transplant leave a different DNA fingerprint with their new hand? Dr Chris Smith joins 567 Cape Talk's Lester Kiewit to talk the answers through... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
19
MAY

Why do boats have round portholes?

Shortages of cooking oil, risks of being hit by lightning and can lightning travel through your plumbing; why boats have round portholes; what's the memory capacity of a human brain; can we measure happiness; do animals feel happy and sad like we do; what gives farts their unique characteristics, and why do stars twinkle? Lester and Dr Chris have the answers... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
02
MAY

Why doesn't our own snoring wake us up?

Why do some animals sleep standing up? And do fish sleep? Why are elderly voices higher pitched than younger voices? Why does the outside temperature drop just before the sunrise? Why do I feel pain in my ears during a plane takeoff, and why does chewing gum help? Do cats and dogs recognise their siblings? Why is yawning contagious? Do dogs get depressed? And why doesn't our own snoring wake us up? Dr Chris and Abongile Nzelenzele have the answers... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
08
APR

How are some children geniuses?

Can trees produce more than 1 type of fruit? Why do some flowers only have a scent at night? What makes fruit taste sweet? How does the Google search engine work? How do motorcycle tyres grip the road? How are some children geniuses? What is myasthenia gravis? What's the difference between a sickness, a disease, an illness, an affliction, a malaise and a disorder? How does reverse swing work on a cricket ball? And how do tides work? Dr Chris Smith and Lester Kiewit have the answers... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
04
APR

Will a cold onion make me cry less?

Why are humans still born with bits we don't need - will evolution do away with them? Did an onion make me cry less because it was cold from the fridge? Do animals get diabetes like humans do? What is the physics of a rainbow? Where does lightning come from? What did cloning Dolly the Sheep mean for me? And is Covid-19 nature redressing the balance? Dr Chris Smith and Relebogile Mabotja have the answers... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
18
MAR

Smoking causes cancer but cures salmon?!

Nominative determinism; can cold showers ward off coughs and flu; what's von Willebrand's Disease; if smoking causes cancer how does it cure salmon; why can some people roll their tongues; what's "Agent Orange"; in television, how does a green screen work; do crocodiles age more slowly than we do; what is Helicobacter pylori? Chris and Lester have the answers... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
13
MAR

Blessed Algorithms

We have Alexa, we have drones in the sky, killer robots on the battlefield and creepy algorithms designed to anticipate our every need. But do we lose sight of the potential benefits of A.I? Beth Singler and Hope McGovern throw some light on a much discussed subject... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
10
MAR

Full tank or better to drive about half full?

Is it better to keep the tank topped up to full, or should I drive around on half empty: what's better for my car and fuel consumption? Why might althletes take an ice bath after exercise? If I go out with wet hair, will I really catch a cold, or is that a myth? Do babies sleep better in a cooler room? What's the difference between an electrical blackout and a brownout? Is the expensive face cream better than the cheaper one? Lester Kiewit and Dr Chris have the answers... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
01
MAR

If identical twins marry identical twins...

What happens, genetically, when a black and a white human partner have children? And if a pair of genetically identical twins marries another pair of identical twins, are their kids genetically brothers and sisters? Do birds have ears? And if you lose one of your special senses, do other senses strengthen to compensate? What's the reason for human handedness? And does a blood transfusion recipient carry the genes of the blood donor? Dr Chris has the answers... Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists

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