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Ask Dr. Universe

Dr. Universe

Dr. Universe, a peripatetic science journalist helps answer some of life’s great mysteries, like, “Who invented language?” and “What makes people ticklish?”

Starting in the late 1990s, Dr. Universe has answered questions from kids around the world about science, research, and the world around us. Dr. Universe has been on a long sabbatical, but plans to return soon to write newspaper columns, blog posts, a comic, and other vehicles, hopefully around the world.



Past Questions

Whistle while you sleep!

Talk, talk, talk


Maybe we’re learning to keep our heads about us

We eat well because bees have hairs!

Not everything has a reason

Listening for worms

First you take three quarks…

The Whole World Is Breathing!

Not (quite) by air alone


How many neurons does it take…?

I want a new brain

Trouble in Bear Land

Sweet dreams!