Curious Minds

 

Curious Minds

How are stars made?

Have you ever heard the saying “we are all made of star dust?” It’s actually true.

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Is it okay to listen to music while studying?

Research conducted in the 1990s found a “Blur Effect” – where kids who listened to the BritPop band Blur seemed to do better on tests.

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Can chimpanzees turn into people?

Chimpanzees don’t (and didn’t) turn into people, but we do share ancestors, who over a very long time became what we now recognise as different species: chimpanzees, bonobos and humans.

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Why do we say 'Okay'?

It can be used as a noun, a verb, an adjective, a conjunction or an interjection. But why did people start to say “Okay”?

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Can people really colonise Mars?

People are closer than ever to the first human footsteps on Mars.

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How deep is the ocean?

The deepest parts of the ocean are trenches – long, narrow depressions, like a trench in the ground, but much bigger. Known as the Challenger Deep, it is 35,768 to 36,037 feet deep – almost 7 miles (11 kilometres).

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What was the first computer?

What was the first computer and how did it work? Professor Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University takes us through the first modern electronic computer which was built by physics Professor John Vincent Atanasoff in 1942.

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How do my eyes adjust to the dark and how long does it take?

Human eyes have two main features that help us see better in low light: the pupil’s ability to change size, and the eye’s two types of light-sensing cells.

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LISTEN: Why do we need food?

Why do we have to eat vegetables and fruits? How come we can’t just have ice-cream and lollies for every meal? Every time we eat, our food goes on an amazing journey through our body

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Why do old people hate new music?

Evidence shows that the brain’s ability to make subtle distinctions between different chords, rhythms and melodies gets worse with age. So to older people, newer, less familiar songs might all "sound the same."

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How big is the International Space Station?

It’s so big you can see it in the night sky without a telescope or binoculars. It’s 109 metres long and 75 metres wide – about the same size as a soccer field. It weighs 420 tonnes, about the same as 280 cars.

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LISTEN: How does our heart beat?

We all have a heart beating in our chest. Sometimes our hearts beat fast, and sometimes they beat slow, but how do they work?

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Why do burps make noise?

The next time someone says you’re burping too loudly, just reassure them that it was a perfectly normal mouth fart.

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LISTEN: What are spiderwebs made from?

"Did you know that spiders have a secret superpower? They can spin their own homes in the form of strong and sticky spider webs. But how do they do it? "

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LISTEN: Do animals sleep like people?

If you sleep in a cozy bed, with a soft blanket and your favourite toy, how do you think other animals sleep? Do they have beds like us?

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When fish get thirsty do they drink sea water?

The short answer is yes, some fish do drink seawater – but not all of them. Fish are amazing animals, and have some very cool solutions to living in water.

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Why don’t people fall out of bed when they are sleeping?

Even when we are asleep, we can still feel if we are comfortable and our ‘sixth sense’ is working to let us know where we are in our beds.

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What is the smallest animal ever?

Everything in the world has different sizes some things are small and some are bigger than others. But have you ever wondered what the smallest animal ever is?

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Why do I sometimes forget what I was just going to say?

Forgetting to do or to say things happens to all of us sometimes. Have you ever walked into a room and realised you can’t remember what you were looking for?

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Listen: Where do dreams come from?

Scientists have a few ideas about where dreams come from – but nobody knows for sure.

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Why are the bubbles in fizzy drinks so small? The ones I blow are much bigger

First of all, we have to know where the bubbles in the fizzy drink come from.

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Why is urine yellow?

If you have been drinking more water than your body needs, the body tells the kidney filters to get rid of the spare water. That’s when your urine will look paler.

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LISTEN: How can a tiny seed actually grow into a huge tree?

All the trees and plants we see have come from tiny, weeny seeds. So how does something so tiny grow into something so big?

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How do x-rays see inside you?

Ever wondered how x-rays see inside your body?
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