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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. 27 May 2016 – Bioscience, Botany, Sunflowers

    How sunflowers track the sun

    An internal clock drives the daily dance of these plants, even though their movement was once put down to a mythological Greek love story.

  2. 2 May 2016 – Gender, Human Behaviour , Popular Culture , Sociology

    Why boys are blue and girls are pink

    Ever wondered why pink represents girls and boys generally identify with the colour blue? Centuries ago it was a very different story.

  3. 15 April 2016 – 2016 Federal Election , 2016 US Presidential Election, Australian Politics, Elections

    Forcing your hand: Why we are made to vote

    The real secret to how and why Australia adopted compulsory voting was simplicity. In 1924, after years of debate, simply no-one was opposed to the idea.

  4. 8 April 2016 – Body Clock, Daylight Saving, Sleep

    Scaring the daylights out of our body clocks

    You can blame our internal body clocks for any daylight savings lethargy you may feel, but sleep experts say there are ways to minimise the damage.

  5. 24 March 2016 – Chemistry, Chocolate, Food

    Six reasons behind our love of chocolate

    By name and by nature, chocolate is worshipped the world over. But what is it, how is it made, and why do we love it so much? Here’s chemistry to explain.

  6. 11 March 2016 – Animal Behaviour, Biology, Evolution

    Some newborns hit the ground running – and why others don’t

    Giraffes start running with the herd the same day they are born but humans can take a year or more just to start walking. The answer is economic.

  7. 19 February 2016 – Agricultural, Bioscience, Botany, Weeds

    A weed by any other name

    Researchers explain what makes a plant a weed in one circumstance and acceptable in another, and how introduced species are part of the solution.

  8. 5 February 2016 – Evolution, Great Apes, Human, Tails

    Why don’t humans have tails?

    Here's why humans lost their tails in the great evolutionary journey, even though animals have a wide variety of uses for them.

  9. 22 January 2016 – Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Turbulence

    How sharks can help combat air turbulence

    Researchers are looking to sharks for inspiration on how to make our air travel smoother, greener and more efficient.

  10. 15 January 2016 – Environmental Design, Human Behaviour , Queues

    Now we know: Why we stand in queues

    Queueing is an everyday social norm, governed by unspoken rules promoting efficiency and equality – and why queue jumpers make us really angry.