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Now displaying: March, 2016
Mar 31, 2016

Mosaic celebrates its second year anniversary in March. To mark this, we'll be sharing a series of 15min talks featuring Mosaic writers and stories produced in association with the inspiration and ideas series 5x15.

Jo Marchant discusses the connections between the mind and the immune system, and how we might harness conditioning and the placebo effect to revolutionise medicine. You can find her story You can train your body into thinking its had medicine on Mosaic.

Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist based in London. She has a PhD genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and Nature and her articles have appeared in publications including the Guardian, Wired UK, The Observer Review, and New Scientist. Her radio and TV appearances include BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week and Today programmes, CNN and National Geographic. Her most recent book, Cure, is a remarkable scientific examination into the relationship between our minds and our bodies. 
 

This talk was recorded at London's Conway Hall on 16 March 2016 as part of the 5x15-Mosaic event 'Stories from the future of medicine'.

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Mar 28, 2016

Ghana has plenty of water. So why do its people buy plastic pouches from street vendors? Shaun Raviv investigates.

 

Written by Shaun Raviv

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

Audio editing by Geoff Marsh

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Blood Speaks by Rose George, also available on our podcast.

 

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Mar 24, 2016

Mosaic celebrates its second year anniversary in March. To mark this, we'll be sharing a series of 15min talks featuring Mosaic writers and stories produced in association with the inspiration and ideas series 5x15.

In the first, Roger Highfield discusses consciousness, brain scanning and permanent vegetative state. You can find his story The Mind Readers on Mosaic and its podcast.

Roger Highfield was born in Wales, raised in north London and became the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. He was the science editor of The Daily Telegraph for two decades and the editor of New Scientist between 2008 and 2011. Today, he is the Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group. Roger Highfield has written seven books, most recently Supercooperators: The Mathematics of Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour, and published thousands of articles in newspapers and magazines.

This talk was recorded at London's Conway Hall on 16 March 2016 as part of the 5x15-Mosaic event 'Stories from the future of medicine'.

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Mar 21, 2016

We all have an inner voice. But for some, hearing voices can be much more distinct and unusual. Through their stories we explore what it means to hear voices and discover how the phenomenon is being understood, from medieval tales of demonic visions to childhood language cognition, a Dutch psychiatrist helping voice hearers find meaning in their voices, and a pioneering ‘avatar’ therapy using computer technology.

 

Produced and narrated by Chris Chapman
Written by Chris Chapman and Penny Bailey

 

See the transcript of this story, along with galleries and other related extras, and more stories on mosaicscience.com

 

If you liked this story, we recommend Can deaf people hear voices? Jemima Hodkinson investigates a seemingly paradoxical experience. And hear Dr Paul Fletcher tell Chris Chapman why We’re all on the verge of hallucinating.

This documentary was first broadcast in December 2014.

Mar 14, 2016

In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports.

 

Written by Ed Yong

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

Audio editing by Geoff Marsh

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend DIY diagnosis: how an extreme athlete uncovered her own genetic flaw, also by Ed Yong and also available on our podcast.

 

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Mar 7, 2016

Brian Bartlett lost his leg at 24. Rose Eveleth hears how a man who just wanted to ski again invented a new kind of knee.

 

 

Written by Rose Eveleth

 

Read by Kirsten Irving

 

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

Edited (audio) by Geoff Marsh

 

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend The mirror man by Srinath Perur, also available on our podcast.

 

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