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What makes a spider spin a web?
How instincts let spiders build complex structures
Why do you sweat more than me?
What affects how much and where we sweat?
How do I learn maths when school’s shut?
We tackle maths questions sent in by high school students in lockdown
What is the smallest particle?
We tackle particle physics questions from around the world
Does my toilet make sense?
Is it time to reinvent the flush toilet?
How does a language begin?
How does one language become two, or even 7000?
Why can’t you tickle yourself?
In this kids special, we explore a raft of questions from our younger listeners
Would you risk your life to save another?
Why do some people put themselves in danger to help others?
Were my atoms once your atoms?
What is the likelihood that an atom in your body has been used in someone else’s body?
Do animals have consciousness?
What does it feel like to be a cat or a cuttlefish?
What’s the point of blood types?
We, like most animals, have a variety of different blood types. But what are they for?
Is barefoot running better?
How does a bare foot change our running pain and performance
Could earthworms help transform the future of farming?
As they work the soil worms can hugely increase its fertility but there’s a downside.
How is human sound affecting sealife?
Are peaceful seas an illusion? We find out how human sound affects life under the waves.
Are some soaps better than others?
How was soap discovered, and what else is used for washing around the world?
Why do conspiracy theories exist?
Why do conspiracy theories exist and why are we seeing so many in this pandemic?
Does air traffic affect our weather?
Has reduced air travel due to pandemic lockdown affected our weather and climate?
What is the point of slime?
Squelching into the science of slime.
What’s the yeast doing inside my bread?
Yeast: the tiny organism with massive potential
Why does running water make me need the toilet?
What does science say about controlling urination, and other bodily functions?
Why do we like spicy food?
Join the CrowdScience dinner party as we tackle listeners’ food questions
Why am I embarrassed to be naked?
We all have naked bodies – so why are we so embarrassed to show them?
What makes stuff sticky?
Our world would fall apart without adhesives - but how do they hold things together?
Why do planets spin?
Crowdscience answers listeners’ celestial questions
Why do I blush?
Does blushing have some sort of evolutionary purpose? And why do we yawn?
Am I related to a virus?
Although they’re not technically ‘alive’ might viruses hold a place in our family tree?
Can I learn to sing in tune?
Why are some of us tone deaf, and can you improve your singing with practice?
Why are elephants so big?
An episode dedicated to the curious minds of our younger listeners
How can I beat pain?
Listener Bebeto wants to know how to get rid of a pain in his wrist
How does a breeze become a gale?
Why are some winds friendly and others fierce?
Can we prevent wildfires?
How can we reduce the spread of forest fires?
Are humans naturally clean and tidy?
What hygiene instincts do we have, and are they fit for purpose?
Will our spacecraft ever reach the stars?
How spaceship engineering could power us through interstellar space
Was I born clumsy?
Simon is sick of knocking stuff over, so CrowdScience looks at the science of clumsiness
Do animals exercise?
Some of the CrowdScience team answer listeners' questions from all over the world
Is a fungus intelligent?
Fungal networks are entangled with life on Earth and even show signs of intelligence.
What are the limits of human endurance?
Meet the athletes pushing against the limits of human endurance
Are there downsides to deep cleaning?
Could overzealous hygiene routines damage our immune system or promote superbugs?
Will giving up alcohol improve my sperm count?
Investigating how lifestyle can affect male fertility
Can being happy help me fight infection?
Can happiness boost immunity?
Can I improve my sense of direction?
Why do some people navigate with ease whilst others struggle to find their way?
Can we build houses from living trees?
Treehouses are magical but are they viable dwellings for modern living?
Why do men rule the world?
Listener Paula from Kenya wants to know why men rule the world
Why does it feel so good to swear?
How swearing relieves pain and helps us bond with others
How does my mind talk to my body?
The nerve connecting mind and body
Can space exploration be environmentally friendly?
Are the space junk and carbon footprint issues of extra-terrestrial endeavours solvable?
Do animals use medicine?
Find out how animals cure their illnesses
If a tree falls in a forest… does it make a sound?
If a tree falls in a forest, and there’s no-one there to hear it, does it make a sound?
Why do we gossip?
Are we hardwired to seek out salacious stories and can we harness gossip for good?
Why does grief leave me feeling this way?
Grief can be crippling. Why have we evolved to be so affected by loss?