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Stressed? You’re not alone…

Are we increasingly more prone to struggle with stress in today’s world and if so why? I probe the state of my mental health by taking a stress test to unearth how the human body responds and why; we’ll be seeing whether having a ‘gut feeling’ has anything to do with it and what we can all do to unwind a little more.

Where is everybody?

Most astrophysicists would agree that it’s highly likely that there’s life beyond Earth. But then why haven’t we found any? This month on Naked Astronomy, I tackle one of the fundamental questions of mankind with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jim Al-Khalili and Dallas Campbell.

The End of Night?

As the northern hemisphere enters the dark depths of winter, days get shorter and nights get longer. Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to be. But since the invention of the light bulb, we’ve long been working towards the end of night. But does this matter? I investigate…

Ice bucket challenge: Two years later

Remember the ice bucket challenge? I certainly do… It’s been two years since we all dunked out heads in freezing cold water, raising money for motor neuron disease. But what progress has been made against the fight against the disease? I went to find out…

Scrutinizing Science

This week, The Naked Scientists celebrated their 15th birthday and so I put science under the microscope and questioned its importance in today’s world.

Connie won a meteorite

My colleague Connie won a meteorite and so I made it my mission to find out as much as possible about this hunk of space rock, including how I might go about finding one of my own…

Jupiter: King of the Planets

NASA’s Juno probe has reached Jupiter after a five year battle through our solar system and is orbiting the gas giant. But now it’s completed this death-defying stunt, what now? This month on Naked Astronomy, I colluded with the king of the planets to find out what it’s really all about…

Reaching for the Stars

This month, I get all starry eyed over our Sun. Where did it come from? Where is it going? And what it’s taught us about the universe? Plus, the mission that’s taking us the closer to the Sun than we’ve ever been before…

Why scaring animals is good for the environment…

… It’s surprising to think that roaring at a raccoon may in fact be good for the environment. Raccoons and many other species like deer have become numerous because of us – we’ve killed off all their predators and thus, they can live in what Justin Suraci describes as ‘raccoon paradise.’

But what Justin’s research shows is that the fear of a predator may be as effective in keeping numbers down as predation itself. In other words, scaring a raccoon could be a good thing.

People like my aunty will be thrilled to hear that’s all it takes to stop them digging up the garden…

The Next Revolution in Astronomy: Gravitational Waves

This month, the LIGO team of astronomers announced they’d found gravitational waves, nearly 100 years after Albert Einstein had predicted them.  Everyone is getting very excited about the whole thing but I had a couple of questions of my own like if I dance around, do I create gravitational waves? And if so how big? And how much do they distort spacetime – could I momentarily get taller and skinnier (or shorter and fatter!)

I put these questions, as well as some more sensible ones, to the LIGO scientists to get to the bottom of how fundamental this detection is…