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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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Dr. Chris Smith The Naked Scientists 36 West Green Barrington Cambridgeshire CB2 5SA +44 (0) 7092 01 96 9


Episodes

Can you tell if it's sunrise or sunset? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.07.29

7/28/2019
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This week, Manik from Canberra asked if it's possible to tell whether it's sunrise or sunset from looking at a photo or a painting. Ankita Anirban spoke to painter James Gurney and physicist William Livingston to shed light on the situation...

Duration:00:03:41

Can a husky's fur keep it cool in summer? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.07.14

7/13/2019
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This week we are answering a question from Alex: "Are huskies (or dogs in general) able to insulate themselves from the cold of winter and from the heat of a hot summer's day as well?" Matthew Hall asks Christof Schwiening from Cambridge University's Department of Physiology...

Duration:00:03:46

Can a transfusion change your blood type? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.07.08

7/7/2019
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This week we are answering a question sent in by Mark: is it possible to have so many blood transfusions that your blood type changes? Emma Hildyard asks Cedric Ghevaert, from the Department of Haemotology at the University of Cambridge...

Duration:00:03:49

Do candles really clear nasty smells? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.05.20

5/19/2019
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Patrick sent us this question: "My wife wants me to light a candle after doing my number two, to get rid of the smell. Does this actually do anything?" Phil Sansom has been sniffing out an answer, with the help of Kit Chapman from Chemistry World.

Duration:00:05:04

QotW: When was my breath my dinner? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.05.13

5/12/2019
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Greg sent us this question: When I exhale, my breath contains carbon atoms. How long ago were they in my food or drink? We were hungry for answers, so Ruby Osborn asked Fred Warren from the Quadram Institute Bioscience to break it down....

Duration:00:03:38

How to see faint stars - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.04.29

4/28/2019
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Sean asked "Why is it that when you look directly at a small faint star it disappears, but when you look at a point near it, you can see it again?" Ben McAllister has been searching far and wide for the answer to this cosmological conundrum...

Duration:00:04:31

Can purple carrots turn your skin purple? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.04.01

3/31/2019
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We received this question from Aidan, "Consuming orange carrots in high excess can turn your skin orange, because of the beta-carotene. What about purple carrots?" Jack Tavener and Katie Haylor have been crunching through some research to get to the root of this question. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Plus, for more podcasts by The Naked Scientists head to nakedscientists.com/podcasts.

Duration:00:04:01

Why do socks disappear in the wash? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.03.18

3/17/2019
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We received this question from Chani... "My socks never stay together in the wash. One always disappears. Is there a scientific explanation for where those socks go? Why are they so unhappy in monogamous relationships?" Izzie Clarke asked Rob Eastaway, mathematician and author of "How Many Socks Make A Pair", to sort out the odds. For more podcasts, head to nakedscientists.com or like and subscribe to The Naked Scientists or Question of the Week on your favourite podcast app.

Duration:00:03:47

What effect does ethanol have on the brain? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.03.04

3/3/2019
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Donald asked us what specific effects ethanol has on the brain and why certain regions are more impacted than others when we have a drink. This week, Joe Galea, from the University of Birmingham, helps us to distil the answer...

Duration:00:03:46

Why can some people imitate accents? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.02.18

2/17/2019
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Lia asked us why some people seem to be naturally good at imitating voices and accents. To get the last word, Adam Murphy got an answer from Jonathan Goodman, from the Language Sciences Department at Cambridge University...

Duration:00:03:34

Why do candles smoke and smell? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.02.04

2/3/2019
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Richard was wondering why do candles make more smoke and smell after they've gone out. Jenny Gracie has been sniffing out an answer from Duncan Graham at the University of Strathclyde and Ricky Carvel from the University of Edinburgh to help shed some light on the question...

Duration:00:03:42

What language do deaf people think in? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.01.28

1/27/2019
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Bree asked: If a person is born completely deaf and can't hear a thing, what language do they think in? We asked Dr Mairead MacSweeney, director of the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London...

Duration:00:03:48

Do plants eat dirt? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.01.21

1/20/2019
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Marcus was wondering how trees, such as giant oaks, can grow so huge and not make a hole in the ground. Where does their mass come from if not from the dirt? Jenny Gracie has been digging deep to find an answer, with help from Andrew Weatherall from the National School of Forestry at the University of Cumbria...

Duration:00:03:01

Why is old soap useless? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 19.01.14

1/13/2019
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When a bar of soap gets used a lot and gets smaller, it seems to struggle to form suds properly. Is something other than just a smaller surface area going on? Eva Higginbotham has been scubbing up to answer this question with the help of Phillip Broadwith, Business Editor at Chemistry World, and Paul Dauenhauer from the University of Minnesota...

Duration:00:04:04

What happens to bubbles in space? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 18.12.17

12/16/2018
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This week, Malcolm's been watching the science fiction film, Passengers. He wanted to know what happens to air bubbles in water if gravity was suddenly turned off. Adam Murphy spoke to Stuart Higgins from Imperial College London, and to David Kinahan from Dublin City University, to get an answer to this weighty question...

Duration:00:03:33

Can dogs recognise each other as dogs? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 18.11.26

11/25/2018
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Do we know if a Great Dane meeting a Chihuahua recognises it as another dog? We asked Professor Donald Broom from Cambridge University and Dr Charlotte Duranton to help us sniff out the answer to Dotty's question.

Duration:00:03:57

How can planes fly through hurricanes? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 18.11.19

11/18/2018
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This week, Daniel wants to know why hurricane researchers seem to use propeller-driven planes when flying into the eye of the storm. Eva Higginbotham spoke to Dr Anna Young of the University of Cambridge's Whittle laboratory, to find out what's 'up' in the field of aeroplane engines.

Duration:00:04:01

When did we become modern day humans? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 18.11.12

11/11/2018
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With the help of Cambridge University's Professor Robert Foley, Sam Brown took a trip back in time to answer Stuart's question: If you could bring a baby from the past to grow up in the present, how far back could you go before people would notice that this was a time travelling baby?

Duration:00:03:31

How do wombats produce cube-shaped poo? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week - 18.10.29

10/28/2018
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Poo comes in many shapes and sizes. We are used to seeing it on the street or accidentally stepping in different forms including tubes from dogs, pellets from rabbits or big splats from cows, but I have never come across cubic poo. Tamsin Bell asked Dr Louise Gentle from Nottingham trent University to help us out with this stinker...

Duration:00:03:24