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Feb 8, 2016

Telling cancer from non-cancer is tough for brain surgeons. Scorpions, Amazon.com and the legacy of a dying girl might change that, writes Alex O'Brien.

 

Written by Alex O'Brien

 

Read by Kirsten Irving

 

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Decisions on a knife edge by Charlotte Huff, also available on our podcast.

 

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Feb 1, 2016

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

 

Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley investigate in this episode of Gastropod, and in their Mosaic feature, Why the calorie is broken.

 

For most of us, the calorie is just a number on the back of the packet or on the display at the gym. But what is it, exactly? And how did we end up with this one unit with which to measure our food? Is a calorie the same no matter what type of food it comes from? And is one calorie for you exactly the same as one calorie for me? To find out, Cynthia and Nicola visit the special rooms scientists use to measure how many calories we burn, and the labs where researchers are discovering that the calorie is broken. And they pose the question: if not the calorie, then what?

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend How we became the heaviest drinkers in a century by Chrissie Giles.

 

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Jan 25, 2016

Oklahoma has lost a million pounds of fat. Ian Birrell asks how – and whether declaring ‘war on obesity’ can really change a city’s infrastructure and encourage healthy living.

 

Written by Ian Birrell

Read by Kirsten Irving

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?, also by Ian Birrell.

 

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Jan 18, 2016

Trapped by the Cold War and scarred after a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against polio.

 

Written by Penny Bailey
Read by Pip Mayo
Audio editor Geoff Marsh
Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Unspoken: the far-east prisoners of war, also available on our podcast.

Jan 11, 2016

What drives people to run a marathon? Join Hayley Birch as she tackles 26.2 miles, aided by science.

 

Written by Hayley Birch

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

Edited by Geoff Marsh

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend City cycling: health vs hazard, by Lesley Evans Ogden, also available on our podcast.

 

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Jan 4, 2016

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 Can you think yourself into a different person? by Will Storr.

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

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

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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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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.
For more stories visit mosaicscience.com

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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