The Viking Code
How do ancestry DNA tests work? Read more
How do ancestry DNA tests work?
The Stressful Scone
Why do we have regional accents?
Two Infinities and Beyond - part 1
Does infinity exist? And why are some infinities bigger than others?
Two Infinities and Beyond - part 2
Is anything in the Universe infinite? Science sleuths Drs Rutherford and Fry investigate.
The Good Bad Food
Why does bad food taste so good? Science sleuths Drs Rutherford and Fry investigate.
The Horrible Hangover
Why do we get hangovers and are some drinks worse than others?
Coming Soon – More Curious Cases
Hannah and Adam return to crack open the Curious Cases they’ll be examining in Series 13
Is hypnotism real? Drs Rutherford and Fry find out by visiting a hypnotist.
The Periodic Problem
How do you discover a new chemical element?
An Instrumental Case
Why do instruments sound different?
The Lunar Land Pt 1
Where did the Moon come from?
The Lunar Land Pt2
What would life be like if we had two moons?
What sound did dinosaurs make?
Curious Cases Returns
Rutherford and Fry are back with an extended podcast trailer to celebrate the new series
A Frytful Scare Part 1
Why do we enjoy horror? Rutherford and Fry host a Halloween special on the thrill of fear.
A Frytful Scare Part 2
Rutherford and Fry board a roller coaster to investigate why we enjoy being scared
Stephen Fry's Identity Crisis
Stephen Fry asks the duo to investigate why he struggles to remember faces
The Heart of the Antimatter
How do you make antimatter?
The Trouble Sum Weather
Why is it so difficult to predict the weather?
The End of the World
What would become the dominant species if, or when, humans go extinct?
A preview of Series 15, plus more strange-but-true science papers
The Golden Secret
How do you make gold?
The Power of Love
A Valentine's special about how love affects our brain
What is ASMR and why does it only affect some people?
Adam's ASMR cocktail
Adam Rutherford concocts an Old Fashioned cocktail - listen after our episode on ASMR.
Hannah's ASMR cocktail
Hannah Fry mixes a mojito - listen after our episode on ASMR.
A Cold Case Part 1
Why do we get more colds in winter?
A Cold Case Part 2
From cold feet to cold water swimming, Rutherford and Fry answer your chilling questions
The Exotic Wormhole
What are wormholes and do they really exist?
A preview of series 16: Longer, louder and locked down.
The Growling Stomach
Why do our tummies rumble - and when they do, does it always mean we are hungry?
The Seeded Cloud
Can we make it rain?
The Sting in the Tail
What’s the point of wasps?
The End of Everything
When and how is the universe going to end?
The Zedonk Problem
What are ligons and tigers? What is a species?
The Space Burrito
Is there a point in space where the Sun could heat a burrito perfectly? And other puzzles.
The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry
The Hamster Power Hypothesis
How many hamsters on wheels would it take to power London? asks Judah from Virginia, USA.
The Martian Mission
What would it take for humans to live permanently on Mars? asks listener Martin.
The Good and Bad in Fungi
"Why are some fungi helpful and others harmful?" asks Paul Glaister in Reading.
The Pizza Diet
Can I make a pizza that contains my recommended daily intake of everything? asks Paul
The Noises That Make Us Cringe
Why do some people find noises like a fork scraping a plate so terrible?
The Scientific Exploration of Astrology
Could there be something to astrology?, asks Dan in Australia.
The Mosquito Conundrum
What’s the point of mosquitoes? asks Cathy.
The Flying Clock and the Stopped Watch
Do individuals perceive time differently? asks Joe from North Yorkshire
A Weighty Matter Part 1
How does gravity pull us? asks Emma.
A Weighty Matter Part 2
Is dark matter a fudge to fit existing theories to inexplicable observations? asks Peter.
Back to The Sinister Hand
What determines left or right handedness? asks Neal Shepperson
More Frytful Scares
Why do people like to be scared? asks Heidi.
The Guiding Hound
How do guide dogs know where they're going?
The Weirdness of Water Part 1
‘Please explain the weirdness of water?’ asks Neil Morton in Stirling.
The Weirdness of Water Part 2
Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry attempt to answer more questions on why water is weird.
The Painless Heart
Why does my heart not ache after exercise?
The Slippery Situation
'What is the most slippy thing in the world?' asks eight-year-old Evelyn from London.
The Venomous Vendetta
Will a venomous snake die if it bites itself? asks Janni in Amsterdam.