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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. 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.

  2. 8 April 2016 – Body Clock, Circadian Rhythms, 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 18 December 2015 – Diamonds

    Diamonds: the hard facts

    Discover the science behind our favourite piece of bling: the diamond.

  10. 18 December 2015 – Atmospheric Science, Earth Sciences, Extreme weather, cyclone

    The science behind these big monsters

    How tropical cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons form and why climate change is reducing their number but increasing their power