There are a number of interesting stories in the recent Nature Podcasts and Neuropod.
In the 12th March 2009 edition of the Nature Podcast, a new date for Peking Man placing him at 750,000 years old – which is up to 200,000 years older than previous estimates. This has utilised a new dating method.
In the 5th March 2009 edition of the Nature Podcast an examination of social-constructivism interpretations of science and the science wars which involved sociological debate.
In the 26th February 2009 edition of the Nature Podcast there is a discussion of neural prostheses and a person’s capacity to make decisions. There is also new fossil evidence for the origins of sex.
In the 12th February 2009 edition of the Nature Podcast there is a discussion of a new development in MRI which allows for an increase in the space inside the scanner using travelling wave MRI. Beta-blockers use in phobias.
In the February 2009 edition of the Nature Neuropod there is a look at Darwin, his trip to the zoo to see the Orangutans and also his studies which led to developmental psychology. There is a discussion of top-down modulation of memories in the primary visual cortex from an MRI study. There is a discussion of the role of the glial cells in influencing neurons and a possible role in disease as well as a look at two artificial intelligence projects.
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