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Now displaying: December, 2017
Dec 25, 2017

Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago – by the man who cracked the Enigma code, writes Kat Arney.

Read by Kat Arney
Produced by Jen Whyntie
Edited by Geoff Marsh

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If you liked this story, we recommend our podcast 'People are animals, too' https://mosaicscience.com/story/people-are-animals-too

Dec 17, 2017

"Inside, there's plenty of time to think. At first, this feels like a game, even one that is strangely amusing. Then, reality sets in. You're trapped. You see and hear your family lamenting your fate. Over the years, the carers forget to turn on the TV. You're too cold. Then you're too hot. You're always thirsty. The visits of your friends and family dwindle. Your partner moves on. And there's nothing you can do about it."

Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them.

Written by Roger Highfield, read by Segun Akingbola and produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend listening to Mosaicscience – Breaking bad news by Chrissie Giles: https://mosaicscience.com/story/bad-news also available as podcasts.

Dec 11, 2017

Surgeons and their patients are finding that virtual reality can relieve the pain and stress of operations – and it’s safer and cheaper than sedatives. Travel to a Mexican mountaintop village to visit a clinic with a difference.

Written by Jo Marchant, read by Kirsten Irving, produced by Ellie Pinney, edited by Graihagh Jackson.

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Dec 4, 2017

"It is clear that something has gone wrong in the UK, where HIV-positive people are shamed and ignored, and HIV-negative people uninformed. Assumptions abound. Infections rise. Asking an HIV-positive person today how they became infected so often elicits the following answer: "We didn't use a condom because I just assumed they were negative." People are still dying of ignorance."

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

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This story won the Science Explained category at the 2015 Medical Journalists' Association Winter Awards.

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