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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?
Could we completely switch to renewable energy?
The island that’s run almost entirely on renewable energy
Can COP26 deliver on climate change?
We head to the COP26 climate conference to hear about plans to slow down global warming
Can we recycle concrete?
Concrete has a big CO2 footprint – so can we turn waste into new structures?
Would my cat survive in the wild?
Do our pampered house cats lose their survival instincts?
Which is better: Optimism or pessimism?
Is being optimistic really the best way to live your life?
What's the best way to make a decision?
Life is full of choices – but how can we make the best ones?
How can I keep fruit & veg fresh for longer?
The ancient preservation techniques that help prevent food waste
CrowdScience Christmas bonanza
What better way to see out 2021 than to look back at our favourite things from the year?
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
Investigating questions about the science behind eggs cooking and eggs hatching
Why do we get bored?
CrowdScience reveals why boredom is anything but boring.
Are big-heads smarter?
Is a bigger head a sign of a higher intelligence? Marnie Chesterton unpicks the science
Does dark matter still matter?
CrowdScience finds out if we're any closer to unravelling the mysteries of dark matter.
How does my radio work?
Explore the science of sound, journeying from the microphone to a radio receiver near you
Is the ‘sunshine cure’ a real thing?
Does living somewhere sunny make us happier and healthier?
Are we too selfish to save the planet?
How can humans overcome self-interest and work together for the common good?
How do you navigate in space?
when spacecraft leave Earth, how do they navigate?
How did we discover fire?
How did we discover fire, and how did that knowledge spread around the world?
How high can insects fly?
Insect superhighways, bees up mountains & flies in space – just how high can insects go?
Does massage work?
There are many claims about the benefits of massage. But which – if any – are true?
Is maths real?
Is maths a human construct to help us make sense of reality Or is maths reality itself?
Why do animals migrate? Part 1
How are migrating animals able to reliably navigate sometimes over thousands of miles?
Why do animals migrate? Part 2
How do animals accurately orientate themselves whilst journeying thousands of miles?
How many fossils are there?
Have we already found the last T. rex? Or are there many more to be discovered?
How should we measure cleverness?
Are current tests of intelligence capturing all the different kinds of human smartness?
Why did the ancient Maya abandon their cities?
What caused the prosperous Maya civilisation to collapse 1000 years ago?
How do you balance on a bicycle?
It’s like riding a bike – you never forget. But why not?
How far could gene editing go?
With leaps in gene editing technology how might humans alter their genome?
Does photographic memory exist?
Why do some people have better memories than others?
Why does ancient stuff get buried?
Archaeology means digging - but why does human history end up underground?
Why can't I find gold in my back yard?
CrowdScience asks why precious metals and minerals are only found in certain places.
Why do bright lights make me sneeze?
From sneezes and snot to saliva, we delve into the bodily fluids found in our faces.
Human v Machine
How efficient are humans?
What is a quantum computer?
What exactly are quantum computers? And when will they replace the computers we use now?
Can we get better at accepting death?
How can we make the end of life a more positive experience for all involved?
What is healthy hair?
How can this nonliving structure be 'healthy' - and why is it concentrated on our heads?
Are artistic brains different?
Myck the artist from Malawi wants to know if there’s something different about his brain.
Are viruses the key to fighting infections?
Can bacteria-munching viruses help with the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance?
Why is this song stuck in my head?
CrowdScience burrows into the niggling world of earworms
Answering your questions about life, Earth and the universe
Can smells fill you up?
CrowdScience explores how different smells affect your appetite.