Science Q&A questions, quizzes and facts

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We've answered thousands of questions over the years, so whether you're looking some quick science quiz questions for the kids, or a few facts that could come in handy down the pub, you're sure to find the answers you're looking for.

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The Human Body

It's worth making the most of the sunshine, but be sure to keep your skin protected.

Snip snap, snip snap.

Brain freeze, ice cream headache… whatever you call it, most of us have experienced that unpleasant stabbing headache after eating something chilly. But what causes it?

We've been enjoying a relaxing back rub for millennia, but does it actually work?



During July and August, low above the southern horizon, lurk two tea-related asterisms.

Know your meteorite from your meteoroid with our handy guide.

Your guide to when you can see shooting stars in the UK, including how many you can expect to spot.

The brightest star in this small constellation is only around 25 light-years away, making it one of our closest neighbours.

Everyday Science

Complaining about an achievement or using false modesty can make you seem insincere.

It gets quite the workout.

In recent years, psychedelic drugs have received increasing attention for their potential therapeutic applications. But what exactly are they? What do they do? Are they actually beneficial? All your…

Future Technology

Technologist Sam Gregory explains what this media manipulation tool is and where it came from.

It could provide us with a clean, efficient and unlimited source of energy.

This popular theory could be why you are uncomfortable with human-like androids.

You might have seen the words 'non-fungible token' popping up online – but what exactly does that mean?


Many animals make long, treacherous journeys year after year, so why do they go to all that effort?

This squat lobster can be found hanging out at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps.

Photosynthesis is essential for almost all life, and it’s the primary source of oxygen in the atmosphere.

This voracious eater is not actually an eel...


Wildfires are unplanned, uncontrolled and unpredictable. Here's what you need to know.

This rare weather phenomenon is the rainbow's ghostly cousin.

Cigarette butts contain chemicals toxic to wildlife and create 845,000 tons of litter every year.

They can stretch for hundreds of miles, and are often found at the leading edge of a cold front.