by Matthew Cobb
One of my jobs at the University of Manchester is to edit our Life Sciences podcast. This is a fortnightly 10-minute programme, which is produced and presented by two young colleagues, Ceri Harrop (a post-doctoral researcher into snot) and Greg Counsell (a second year Zoology student who’s working with me for a year). It’s not at all po-faced, and we try to make it fun and informative. The latest episode is a festive special focusing on three Xmas-related questions:
• Why does Santa use reindeer to pull his sleigh?
• What is it with mistletoe and holly at Yuletide?
• And above all, Why do we laugh (ho ho ho).