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Now displaying: November, 2015
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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