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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...

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...
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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...

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Episodes

How does size affect death from falling? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 18.03.05

3/4/2018
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Matt asked how big an animal or human has to be before a fall would kill it. Katie Haylor put this perilous pondering to physicist Stuart Higgins from Imperial College London...

Duration:00:04:20

Do lobsters feel pain? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 18.02.12

2/11/2018
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Switzerland has now banned boiling lobsters live. Do they experience pain; how do we know? Georgia Mills asked Professor Bob Elwood from Queen's University, Belfast, for his take on this hot topic.

Duration:00:03:48

Is it better to walk or run in the cold? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 18.02.05

2/4/2018
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Izzie Clarke's been chilling out with this Question of the Week from Trent...

Duration:00:03:12

Why does fresh pasta rise during cooking? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 18.01.29

1/28/2018
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Martin wanted to know why fresh pasta rises to the surface of the pot when it's ready. We asked Dr Chris Brock from London South Bank University.

Duration:00:04:04

Do fish yawn? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.12.18

12/17/2017
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The Waite family wanted to know if fish yawn, so Heather Wark spoke to Iain Barber from Nottingham Trent University, to find out.

Duration:00:03:37

Could a space rocket be launched from a gun? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.12.11

12/10/2017
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Anthony wanted to know if firing space rockets out of giant guns would be a better way to blast off. Heather Wark spoke to Dr Stuart Grey of Strathclyde University to find out...

Duration:00:03:57

Why do people pick their noses? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.11.20

11/19/2017
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This week we answered the sticky query, Why do people pick their noses?. Lewis Thomson put it to Liverpool GP Dr Laura Wark.

Duration:00:03:23

What happens if your car is struck by lightning? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.11.06

11/5/2017
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Elizabeth wanted to know whether she'd be safe if her car was hit by lightning or whether the engine would cut out. Izzie Clarke spoke to Philip Garsed from Cambridge University to spark up the debate on this electrifying question.

Duration:00:03:47

How long can we survive for without a head? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.10.30

10/29/2017
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In the 1940's there was a chicken who survived for 18 months without a head, how long can humans survive for without a head?

Duration:00:03:40

Is it safe to live near a cell phone tower? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.10.23

10/22/2017
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Jayson wanted to know if living near a cell phone tower could be affecting his and his family's health. Stevie Bain spoke to physicist Tony Kent from the University of Nottingham to shed some light on the situation.

Duration:00:03:47

Does washing dishes leave toxic detergent residue on plates? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.08.14

8/13/2017
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Caitlin asked whether detergent residues left on crockery and cutlery could be bad for our health. Katie Haylor spoke to Rob Chilcott from the University of Hertfordshire to find out.

Duration:00:04:42

Can Anti-Noise Silence a Highway? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.06.26

6/25/2017
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Is it possible to create noise-cancelling headphones, but for an apartment?

Duration:00:03:57

Why Warm up Muscles? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.06.12

6/11/2017
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Jim asked whether being in a warm room - like in a hot yoga class - really does help your muscles to warm up quicker. Katie Haylor spoke to Christof Schweining from the University of Cambridge to find out.

Duration:00:03:48

Can we exercise our brain to improve at difficult tasks? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.05.15

5/14/2017
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Like physical activity, can we exercise our brain to improve at difficult mental challenges? Izzie Clarke spoke to Duncan Astle from Cambridge University about this tiring task...

Duration:00:04:00

Why do musical instruments sound different when playing the same note? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.05.08

5/7/2017
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Why does the same musical note sound different when played on different instruments? Why does, for example, an A-sharp on a piano sound different to an A-sharp on a trumpet?

Duration:00:04:26

Why are blue lights harder to see? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.04.24

4/23/2017
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David wanted to know why the blue lights he saw in Christmas trees were often harder to make out. Izzie Clarke spoke to Dr George Dobre from Kent University to shed some light on the issue.

Duration:00:03:46

What is the most efficient way to run up stairs? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.03.27

3/26/2017
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We investigate the most energy-efficient way to climb stairs: one or two at a time?

Duration:00:04:14

When should I replace my bulbs with LEDs? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.03.13

3/12/2017
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Ricky Navthani has been trying to shed some light of Philip's question, about when he should replace his old CFL lights for more efficient LEDs.

Duration:00:03:42

How did birds survive the dinosaur mass extinction? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.02.13

2/12/2017
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If birds are dinosaurs, why didn't they get killed by the asteroid 60 million years ago? Tom O'Hanlon put Fay's query to David Norman from the University of Cambridge.

Duration:00:03:21

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

9/25/2016
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To get a handle on this shaky question Connie Orbach called in Dr Alex Copley from Cambridge University's Department of Earth Sciences...

Duration:00:04:22

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