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Have you ever wondered? We will take the mystery out of everyday life by solving conundrums that you have always pondered.

  1. 8 September 2017 – Climate Change, Extreme weather, Hurricane, Hurricane Irma, cyclone

    The deadly ingredients in a tropical hurricane

    As Hurricane Irma makes history as the longest-lasting, top-intensity hurricane recorded, a University of Melbourne expert looks at how these monsters form.

  2. 2 June 2017 – Albert Einstein, Black Holes, Gravitational waves, Gravity, Neutron Star

    Riding the gravitational wave

    University of Melbourne researchers are part of an international team to 'hear' Albert Einstein's gravitational waves for the third time - but what are they?

  3. 12 May 2017 – Dengue, Infectious diseases, Mosquitoes , Wolbachia, Zika

    5 slightly disgusting facts about mozzies

    The Aedes aegypti mosquito carries Dengue and Zika - but did you know the females also stockpile sperm, and their eggs love to hitch a ride on used car tyres?

  4. 31 March 2017 – Animal Behaviour, Asia, Indonesia, Reptiles, Snakes

    Jaw-dropping: So how does a snake eat a man?

    A reticulated python reportedly ate a man in Indonesia, but just how can a snake eat a grown human?

  5. 3 March 2017 – Amusia, Brain, Music, Singing, Tone Deaf

    Tone deaf? Why you can still hit the right notes

    Tone deafness is a recognised condition where you cannot distinguish between different musical pitches or tones. But it needn't stop you enjoying your music.

  6. 23 December 2016 – Evolution, Hair, Mammals, Stem Cells

    Goosebumps can give us more than the shivers

    Goosebumps are not just your body's way of reacting to emotion. They could hold the key to stopping skin cancer, treating burns and even curing baldness.

  7. 15 December 2016 – BBQ, Ketchup, Newton's Laws of Motion, Rheology, Tomato Sauce

    Getting tomato sauce out of the bottle – minus the mess

    Here's how you can stop yourself being covered by tomato sauce at the summer BBQ when you try to get it out of the bottle and onto your freshly-cooked food.

  8. 31 October 2016 – Climate Change, Dengue, Malaria, Mosquitoes , Zika

    Waiting for the Tiger mosquito

    It maybe just a matter of time before the tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, arrives on mainland Australia bringing tropical diseases south.

  9. 21 October 2016 – Animal Behaviour, Animals, Eyes, Psychology, Theory of Mind

    Why we show the whites of our eyes

    Of all the animals, only humans obviously show the whites of our eyes, making it easier for us to communicate and deceive with just glance.