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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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How smart is your pet dog? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.09.18

9/17/2017
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David wanted to know how our pet dogs compare to other animals, such as primates and dolphins, when it comes to intelligence. Stevie Bain spoke to Ben Ambridge from the University of Liverpool, and author of 'Are You Smarter than a Chimpanzee?', to find out more.

Duration: 00:03:22


Why do clothes dry below 100 degrees celsius? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.09.11

9/10/2017
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This week, we aired out Norm's question: if water is a solid, as ice, below 0 degrees Celsius, a gas above 100 degrees Celcius and a liquid between this range, why does washing dry when the air temperature is below 100 degrees Celsius. Alexandra Ashcroft asked Dr Thomas Ouldridge, from Imperial College London, to hang Norm's question out to dry...

Duration: 00:04:25


Could green humans harvest energy from the sun? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 17.08.21

8/20/2017
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This week, Mark has a conundrum about chloroplasts: If we could go green and harvest energy from the sun, like plants, how big would our skin need to be to sustain a normal level of activity? Georgia Mills recruited Christopher Mason, associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine to shed some light on the answer.

Duration: 00:04:24


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


Do animals experience the placebo effect? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.09.19

9/18/2016
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Joshua asked us whether animals could ever experience the placebo effect. To find out, Laura Brooks spoke to Eleanor Drinkwater, researcher in animal behaviour at the University of York...

Duration: 00:03:53


Why does line drying make clothes rough? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.09.12

9/11/2016
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Kevin got in touch ask why clothes dried on a washing line can end up feeling rough, crunchy and stiff... To find out, our Laura Brooks contacted Neil Lant at the Fabric and Home Care research and development division of Proctor and Gamble, who make Lenor fabric softener.

Duration: 00:03:49


Can we unlearn something that we have already learned? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.08.22

8/21/2016
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It is not only learning that can appear to be quite hard; it's unlearning that we struggle with. How do we unlearn? Is there any technique for unlearning things? Claire Armstrong put this to neuroscientist Laura Ford, from the University of Cambridge...

Duration: 00:03:16


Why does our stomach grumble when we are hungry? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.07.25

7/24/2016
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This week, Natasha from Australia wrote in to ask why her stomach grumble when she is hungry. Lucka Bibic enlisted Dr Roshini Raj from Medical Trinity Center in New York to find out what causes the rumbly in our tumbly!

Duration: 00:04:16


How did the moon get its markings? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.07.18

7/17/2016
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Listener Loot got in touch to ask how the moon got its markings. Claire Armstrong looked towards the heavens for the answer and spoke to the Open University's planetary expert Professor David Rothery.

Duration: 00:04:17


Did the cavemen have names? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.07.11

7/10/2016
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Listener Kat got in touch to ask if cavemen really did have names and when did humans start naming each other. Lucka Bibic went in search of cavemen's names with the Professor of Linguistics at MIT, Shigeru Miyagawa.

Duration: 00:04:43


How do octopus camouflage? - Naked Scientists Question of the Week 16.06.27

6/26/2016
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Listener Android got in touch to ask how octopuses camouflage themselves if they are colour blind. Graihagh Jackson went under the sea to see if the seaweed is always greener on the other side with Cambridge University's Felicity Bedford...

Duration: 00:04:00

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