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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?
What can we learn from wastewater?
Sewage testing could help stop the spread of disease
Why are seeds such different sizes?
Why are seeds the size they are? Does their size affect how big the plant grows?
Why is learning stuff harder as you get older?
Why as children we effortlessly absorb new skills but as adults we don’t
Could we turn poisonous plants into edible crops?
Detoxifying plants may reveal untapped food ready for the picking
How old are the elements?
Can you pick a random atom on earth & tell how old it is, or what its cosmic history is?
Is my neighbour’s noise harming my health?
Noise can be a source of annoyance – but could it even be damaging to our health?
What is the point of menstruation?
Why did humans evolve to have periods and do we have to have them each month?
Why do I have such a sweet tooth?
How our genes help determine how much sugar we should eat
Does my equator look big in this?
Is the Earth getting heavier or lighter?
What happened to my sense of smell?
What happens when our sense of smell is disrupted or disappears all together?
Why do I feel hungry?
A buffet of food & flavour questions from listeners reaching from stomachs to outer space
Why is standing more tiring than walking?
We tackle questions about walking, standing, sitting and running
Why do my cables keep getting tangled?
Can science explain why cables and headphones become tangled up and knotted?
Am I a psychopath?
A CrowdScience listener wants to know if she is a psychopath.
Do I really have to clean my recycling?
We tackle questions about the best ways to recycle.
Can video games help me or harm me?
What’s the scientific evidence for how gaming affects us?
How can smart tech tackle climate change?
How can clever computing help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Why is human skin so rubbish?
We’re dissecting our skin’s structure and roles and asking if science can give it a boost
How did our ancestors sleep?
How have our sleep patterns changed over history and pre-history?
Can we save our night skies?
How to combat the light pollution that blots out starry skies and disrupts wildlife
Can we transfer electricity wirelessly?
Could power be beamed into hard to reach communities?
How did eyes evolve?
How did evolution produce the clever organs with which you’re reading this?
How do flowers know when to bloom?
Find out what influences when flowers open and the various factors that slow the process
Do plants have immune systems?
Can plants remember diseases or stressful events they have previously experienced?
Does the planet need snails?
Gardeners might see snails as their enemy, but they are vital to life on earth
Can we grow a conscious brain?
With advances in stem cell research, could we grow a human brain? And would we want to?
Should I have kids?
Is it responsible to bring a new person into existence?