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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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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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Jun 22, 2015

What does it mean to be homesick in 2015, and does technology help or hinder us when we move to a new place? John Osborne revisits his past to find out.

 

Written and read by John Osborne

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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Jun 15, 2015

Emily Anthes braves locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she asks whether eating insects is the answer to feeding ever more humans and livestock.

 

Written by Emily Anthes

Produced by The Guardian

This narration appears courtesy of The Guardian Long Read

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Porklife: building a better pig, by Sujata Gupta.

 

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Jun 8, 2015

Ellie Lobel was ready to die. Then she was attacked by bees. Christie Wilcox hears how venom can be a saviour.

 

Written by Christie Wilcox

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Lovely grub: are insects the future of food?, by Emily Anthes.

 

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Jun 1, 2015

Naloxone can reverse an otherwise fatal heroin overdose within minutes. Carrie Arnold meets the doctors who put this remarkable drug in the hands of the police, families and addicts—and saved thousands of lives. 

 

Written by Carrie Arnold

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Blocking the high: one man’s quixotic quest to cure addiction, by Sujata Gupta.

 

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May 25, 2015

Common in the US, rare in Europe and now championed in Africa, male circumcision is hotly debated. Jessica Wapner explores whether the gains are worth the loss.

 

Written by Jessica Wapner

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend The future of Sex, by Emily Anthes, also available on our podcast.

 

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May 18, 2015

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. Moheb Costandi met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cells.

Written by Moheb Costandi
Read and produced by Barry J Gibb

Read the full text original and accompanying Extras, published on Mosaic.

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If you liked this story, we recommend How the zebra got its stripes, with Alan Turing by Kat Arney.

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May 11, 2015

Once derided as being like a plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom is being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex. 

Written by Emily Anthes
Read by Pip Mayo
Produced by Barry J Gibb

Read the full text original and accompanying 'DVD extras', published on Mosaic.

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If you liked this story, we recommend Sex, lives and disability by Katharine Quarmby, and The troubled history of the foreskin by Jessica Wapner. 

May 4, 2015

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter?

Written by Carl Zimmer

Read by Segun Akingbola

Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, you might enjoy Why do we have allergies? also by Carl Zimmer. 

Apr 27, 2015

A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. 

Written by Virginia Hughes
Read by Pip Mayo
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Can meditation really slow aging? by Jo Marchant, and Until: who wants to live forever? our award-winning short film. 

Apr 20, 2015

Phantom pain, experienced in missing limbs, tortures amputees and puzzles scientists. Cycle round Cambodia with a man who treats it with mirrors.

Written by Srinath Perur
Read by Segun Akingbola
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Sex, lives and disability by Katharine Quarmby, or How malaria defeats our drugs, by Ed Yong. 

Apr 13, 2015

What can disabled bodies teach us about sex, and why should we listen? 

Written by Katharine Quarmby
Read by Kirsten Irving
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend The Fetish Scene - Katharine Quarmby investigates why some people are turned on by disability. And 10 Myths About Sex and Disability, exploded by broadcaster Mik Scarlet in one short video. 

Apr 6, 2015

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?

Written and read by Michael Regnier

Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Last Chance Saloon, one man's musical journey to understand his own brain and mental health. An award-winning documentary mini-series, watch the whole box set for free on Mosaic.

Mar 30, 2015

How do you tell someone that they’re seriously ill, or even dying? Chrissie Giles explores how doctors learn and how they deal with the stress and trauma, for both their patients and themselves.

 

Written and read by Chrissie Giles

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Atul Gawande in conversation. Chrissie Giles interviews the best-selling author and surgeon about end-of-life care, writing and how doctors can be better communicators. Watch the 10min video or downloadable extended audio interview.

Mar 23, 2015

When Kim Goodsell discovered that she had two extremely rare genetic diseases, she taught herself genetics to help find out why.

Written by Ed Yong
Read by Segun Akingbola
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend How malaria defeats our drugs, Ed Yong's report from the Thai-Myanmar border, one of the last bastions in the fight agains malaria drug resistance. 

Mar 16, 2015

Healthcare in Australia’s Aboriginal communities is hindered by a long history of racial discord between very different cultures. Georgina Kenyon discovers the story of one young woman who died in the 1980s, and asks whether anything has changed since.

 

Written by Georgina Kenyon

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Georgina Kenyon's short accompanying article about the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Blood Speaks, Rose George's tale of menstrual taboo in Nepal and Bangladesh. 

 

 

Mar 9, 2015

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

 

Written by Roger Highfield
Read by Segun Akingbola
Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Proof of life and A measure of conciousness, two accompanying aricles to this story by Roger Highfield.

Feb 5, 2015

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.

Feb 5, 2015

The most powerful computers in the world cannot perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable ability.

 

Written and read by Geoff Watts
Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Speech Jammer: can you ignore your own voice?, a 7 minute video in which Geoff Watts, interpreter Ann Miles and the Mosaic team recreate a classic experiment.

Feb 5, 2015

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
Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Why do we have blood types? by Carl Zimmer, and Blood Speaks by Rose George.

Jan 1, 1970

Can virtual reality really soothe pain? Jo Marchant meets the doctors who say yes, and who hope this is a solution for the country consuming 80 per cent of the world’s opioid supply: the United States of America.

Written by Jo Marchant
Read by Barry J. Gibb
Illustrated by Parkin Parkin
Produced by Barry J. Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend 'Virtually painless: how VR is making surgery simpler' by Jo Marchant.

Jan 1, 1970

Boxers know they risk injury in the ring. But there’s a more insidious danger they don’t often talk about: the long-term brain damage that repeated blows to the head can cause. Lyra McKee meets the families who are breaking the silence.

Written by Lyra McKee
Read by Kirsten Irving
Photography by Gabby Laurent
Produced by Barry J. Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend 'The Alzheimer's Enigma' by Michael Regnier. 

Jan 1, 1970

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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Jan 1, 1970

"My most pervasive memory of young childhood, is of being in 'a mood', which really consisted of just the one mood in several shades of monochrome: a spectrum that ranged from a comforting solitary dreaminess inside a softly enclosing gentle shadow at one end to, at the far side of the continuum, the grimmest darkness in a hard-frozen, fractured icescape. Always it was me on the inside, them out there, beyond my enclosure, unable to reach in. And me, sometimes not wanting, sometimes not able, to reach out."

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 Mosaicscience – The-male-suicides-how-social-perfectionism-kills by Will Storr, also available as a podcast.

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