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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 23 September 2016 – Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Cats, Pets, Whiskers

    Why a cat’s whiskers are the bee’s knees

    Whether being used to aid navigation, warn of incoming predators or mop up milk, whiskers are an important addition to a cat's senses.

  7. 26 August 2016 – Baldness, Gender, Genetics

    Are there more bald men than women?

    Why do men go bald and women don’t? The answer? Women do go bald but are better able to camouflage it. Men are prone to bald patches but women’s hair thins.

  8. 5 August 2016 – Dogs, Pet Health

    Does a wet nose mean a healthy dog?

    A dog's wet nose means it's healthy, right? It’s a well-worn adage that drives thousands of visits to the vet, so let’s unwrap the fact from the fiction.

  9. 7 July 2016 – Colour , Light, Solar Cells, Solar Panels

    How energy is hidden in colours

    There is a reason roses are red, and we can use this knowledge to create super-efficient, flexible and printable solar panels to power a renewable future

  10. 6 June 2016 – Brain, Memory, Psychology, Senses, Smell

    Why smells trigger your memories

    Smell is very powerful at evoking memories, and while we don't know why it may be because we aren't good at it so that when we do pick a smell, we don't forget.