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The Mosaic Science Podcast - audio documentaries and audio versions of our weekly longread. Mosaic is a digital magazine that publishes compelling stories exploring the science of life. Produced by the Wellcome Trust. More at mosaicscience.com.
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Dec 28, 2015

"Very few people in the world knew his blood type did - could - exist."

 

From vein to blood bank, meet the donors, patients, doctors and scientists involved in the complex global network of rare – and very rare – blood.

 

Written by Penny Bailey, read by Pip Mayo and produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend listening to Why do we have blood types? by Carl Zimmer, and Blood Speaks by Rose George, also available as podcasts.

Dec 21, 2015

Chrissie Giles on her generation’s climb to Peak Booze

 

 

Written and read by Chrissie Giles

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Breaking bad news, also by Chrissie Giles and also available on our podcast.

Dec 14, 2015

Applying mild electrical currents to your head could take away pain, help memory and improve attention – and the US military is very interested.

Written by Emma Young

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Hacking the nervous system, by Gaia Vince, also available on our podcast.

 

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Nov 30, 2015

Neil Steinberg takes a journey through the past and present to explore what it’s like to look different.

 

Written by Neil Steinberg

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Sex, lives and disability, by Katharine Quarmby, also available on our podcast.

 

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Nov 23, 2015

Losing your sense of smell can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people.

 

Written by Emma Young

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

Edited by Geoff Marsh

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Why do we have allergies?, by Carl Zimmer, also available on our podcast.

 

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Nov 16, 2015

A special episode brought to you by Gastropod, the podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history.

Are you part of Generation Peak Booze? Dive into the factors behind the ups and downs in alcohol consumption in the UK and US over the course of the twentieth century, as Gastropod hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley explore the long-term health effects of peak booze, and get a sneak peek at the synthetic alcohol of the future. 

They interview Mosaic's Chrissie Giles about her revealing story about the booziest generation in a century. When Chrissie looked at her drinking habits, they didn't seem particularly remarkable. Sneaking drinks at fourteen, vomiting in the dorm sink at university, spending her twenties getting wasted with her mates every weekend: that's just what everybody did, right? But when she looked at the data, Chrissie realised that her generation represented a peak in British drinking, which has been on a downhill trend since 2004. Intrigued, she dug into the larger historical shifts behind the data, uncovering a story that ranges from a 1930s anthropological study of the pub to the impact of selfie culture today. Gastropod compare her findings with the data on drinking in the US and draw on insights from neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt to explore the effects of regulation and cultural trends on alcohol consumption.

 

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Nov 9, 2015

One nerve connects your vital organs, sensing and shaping your health. If we learn to control it, the future of medicine will be electric. 

 

Written by Gaia Vince

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

Edited by Geoff Marsh

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Can you supercharge your brain?, by Emma Young.

 

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Nov 2, 2015

If mega-rich people could buy places on clinical trials, would this help drive forward the development of new treatments that could benefit everyone? Alexander Masters thinks it might just work.

Written and read by Alexander Masters

Produced by Barry J Gibb

Edited by Geoff Marsh

This article won the Best Investigative Journalism award at the 2015 Association of British Science Writers Awards.

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Why a ‘miracle’ drug exists but you can’t have it yet, by Andy Extance.

 

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Oct 26, 2015

Can children be made more psychologically ‘resilient’ to traumas like 9/11 – as well as the stress of everyday life? Emma Young meets a former school principal who believes they can.

 

Written by Emma Young

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

Edited by Geoff Marsh

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Can meditation really slow ageing?, by Jo Marchant, also available on our podcast.

 

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Oct 19, 2015

Can a grand vision of 4,000 free public gyms overcome inequality and fight Brazil’s health crisis? Catherine de Lange reports.

 

Written by Catherine de Lange

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend South Africa’s obesity crisis: the shape of things to come?, by Ian Birrell.

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Oct 12, 2015

How have the farm animals of today been shaped by centuries of domestication and selective breeding?

 

Written by Sujata Gupta

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

Edited by Geoff Marsh

 

Read the full text original and a host of accompanying extras, including a tour of The Pig Adventure, on Mosaic.

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If you liked this story, we recommend People are animals, too, by Peter Aldous, also available on our podcast.

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Oct 5, 2015

Why have attempts to get cholera under control in Haiti failed? Rose George reports.

 

Written by Rose George

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Ebola: the road to zero, by Mark Honigsbaum.

 

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Sep 28, 2015

Most of us would rather not think about what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways, writes Moheb Costandi.

 

Written by Moheb Costandi
Read and produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend The man who grew eyes, also by Moheb Costandi. And audiobook version is available on this podcast.

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Sep 21, 2015

Hepatitis C has a cure, but how do we find those who need it? Patrick Strudwick reports on one attempt to identify some of the estimated 100,000 undiagnosed people in the UK.

Written by Patrick Strudwick

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend One virus, four lives: the reality of being HIV positive, also by Patrick Strudwick. An audiobook version is also available on this podcast.

 

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Sep 14, 2015

Allergies such as peanut allergy and hay fever make millions of us miserable, but scientists aren’t even sure why they exist. Carl Zimmer talks to a master immunologist with a controversial answer.

 

Written by Carl Zimmer

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Why do we have blood types? also by Carl Zimmer, and also available on our podcast.


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Sep 7, 2015

How do I explain an existence dominated by the bleakest, darkest moods? And do I even want to? 

Written by Jenni Diski

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Last Chance Saloon, one man's musical quest to understand his own mental health.


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Aug 31, 2015

Doctor and author Dr Atul Gawande talks to Mosaic's Chrissie Giles about end-of-life care, the death of his father and how his book 'Being Mortal' offers new perspectives on how we can create dignity for all of us throughout our whole lives – including as we age and at the end of life.

Interviewer: Chrissie Giles

Producer: Barry J Gibb

See this interview in video form on Mosaic.
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If you liked this story, we recommend Breaking Bad News, by Chrissie Giles, also available on our podcast.

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Aug 24, 2015

Surgery to remove the fallopian tubes but spare the ovaries of women predisposed to cancer may prevent early menopause, but is it irresponsible? Charlotte Huff explores the costs of buying time.

 

Written by Charlotte Huff

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Breaking Bad News by Chrissie Giles, also available as an audiobook on our podcast.

 

 

 

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Aug 17, 2015

Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Jo Marchant meets a Nobel Prize-winner who thinks so.

Written by Jo Marchant

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Secrets of the strong-minded, by Emma Young.

 

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Aug 10, 2015

Brace yourself for the unbelievable next big thing in healthcare: faecal transplants. Bryn Nelson investigates.

Written by Bryn Nelson

Read by Segun Akingbola

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend This is what happens after you die by Moheb Costandi.


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Aug 3, 2015

Do our thoughts and feelings distort the way we understand animal minds? Peter Aldhous argues that to grasp what intelligence is, we need to think differently.

Written by Peter Aldous

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend The smartest animal you've never heard of, also by Peter Aldous, In conversation with Jane Goodall by Henry Nicholls, and Porklife: building a better pig by Sujata Gupta.

 

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Jul 27, 2015

What is life like when having your period puts your health at risk and means you are shunned by society? Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.


Written by Rose George

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Why can’t we stop cholera in Haiti? also by Rose George.

 

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Jul 20, 2015

Are the fitness benefits of riding your bike worth the risk of an accident? Lesley Evans Ogden takes a tour of seven cities on two wheels to find out.

Written by Lesley Evans Ogden

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Made for a marathon? by Hayley Birch.

 

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Jul 13, 2015

Radioactivity stirs primal fears in many people, but Geoff Watts argues that an undue sense of its risks can cause real harm.

Written and read by Geoff Watts

Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Killer Dust by Nic Fleming. 

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Jun 29, 2015

What does it mean to be HIV positive in the UK today? Patrick Strudwick meets four people living with the virus to find out.

 

Written by Patrick Strudwick

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

Read the full text original published on Mosaic. This story won the Science Explained category at the 2015 Medical Journalists' Association Winter Awards.

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend The woman who discovered HIV, also by Patrick Strudwick.

 

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