Nicky Campbell takes your calls on the day's big story.
Matthew CobbI am really pleased with this @bbc5live discussion about smell, in particular the people phoning in. There are so many people who have problems that aren't being taken seriously and could be helped. Follow @FifthSenseUK or @abscent. Listen here
The Gap is a window into different lives and different generations. Two people, of vastly different ages, discuss a shared experience that impacted their liv...
Matthew CobbFabulous 10 minute interview with David Attenborough, by my ex-student Tom Parry, who only left uni 2 years ago... I haven’t seen such a personal and heartfelt interview with the great man.
The reproductive biology of reptiles makes accessing single-cell embryos difficult
and presents a major barrier for deploying gene-editing technologies in these species.
Rasys et al. report that the microinjection of Cas9 RNP into immature lizard...
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Matthew CobbA great phone interview with 93 year old resistance fighter this morning, eye witness to the liberation of Paris in 1944! @bbcworldservice programme will be broadcast to coincide with the 75th anniversary. More here
The onset of the readiness potential (RP)—a key neural correlate of upcoming action—was repeatedly found to precede subjects’ reports of having decided. This was famously taken as evidence against a causal role for consciousness in human decisions...
Matthew Cobb@WiringTheBrain There was that recent study that showed that the Libet effect disappears if you have to make a significant decision.
Diverse sensory organs, including mammalian taste buds and insect chemosensory sensilla, show a striking compartmentalization of receptor cells. However, the functional impact of this organization remains unclear. Here we show that compartmentalized...
Matthew Cobb@WiringTheBrain In terms of perception, yes. This is in a single adult sensory hair containing 2 OSNs. We looked for similar evidence in the maggot (21 OSNs) but found none.
Barnacle penises adapt their shape and size in response to the motion of the ocean.
Matthew CobbFor those of you who want to know more, this is a good place to start, includes links to the literature. What it doesn’t say is that the glue that sticks the barnacle down is also an aggregation pheromone, which is what I was writing about.
(2017). Chemosignalling effects of human tears revisited: Does exposure to female tears decrease males’ perception of female sexual attractiveness? Cognition and Emotion: Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 139-150.
Matthew CobbSurprise, surprise. That @sciencemagazine paper suggesting that men who smell tears find women's faces more sexy? Could not be replicated. Odd the failure wasn't published in Science...
On display at the V&A from January - June 2012 were the world’s largest pieces of cloth made from spider silk. Included were a brocaded shawl made from the silk of more than one million female golden orb-weaver spiders collected in the highlands of...
Matthew Cobb@mnitabach More here, including closeups of the embroudery and vids of how it was made. A beautiful, eerie object