This Is What It’s Like Waking Up During Surgery

Mixing and matching potent drugs to alter consciousness and eliminate pain is a delicate medical art, and one that doesn’t work equally well on everyone — but because the same drugs that knock you out also impede memory formation, you might never know.

Source: Mosaic Science
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,130 words)

What can we learn when a clinical trial is stopped?

A play-by-play of the Broaden study, a clinical trial of a promising new treatment for depression, highlights how unexpected variables can sink clinical trials prematurely — especially when sponsors pull the plug early on treatments that gain effectiveness over time.

Source: Mosaic Science
Published: Apr 16, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,992 words)

Why good people turn bad online

Gaia Vince visits Yale University’s Human Cooperation Lab to explore how we can redesign social networks in ways that will help “further our extraordinary impulse to be nice to others even at our own expense.”

Author: Gaia Vince
Source: Mosaic Science
Published: Apr 2, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,371 words)

Staying Awake: The Surprisingly Effective Way to Treat Depression

“Sleep, routine and daylight. It’s a simple formula, and easy to take for granted. But imagine if it really could reduce the incidence of depression and help people to recover from it more quickly.” At Mosaic, Linda Geddes investigates whether monitored sleep deprivation and chronotherapy can succeed where pharmaceutical antidepressants fail.

Source: Mosaic Science
Published: Jan 22, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,000 words)

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

How much of your DNA is Neanderthal? In Gibraltar, Gaia Vince analyzes the genetics of ancient humans.

Author: Gaia Vince
Source: Mosaic Science
Published: Mar 7, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,018 words)

Cleaning Up the Herbal Healers

Between reliable traditional remedies for malaria and diabetes to used motor oil dressed up as an immune booster, Ghana’s herb market generates millions annually and provides 70% of Ghana’s citizens with most of their healthcare. Regulators are trying to deal with the massive scale of its herbal drugstores, clinics and claims without destroying the system.

Source: Mosaic Science
Published: Jul 26, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,651 words)

When cuteness comes of age

What is “cute”? A writer flies to Japan to find a culture conflicted over cuteness.

Source: Mosaic Science
Published: Jul 19, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,153 words)

How To Identify An Unidentified Body

A detailed portrait of the painstaking detective work necessary to identify the unidentified, relayed through intersecting narratives of the deceased, and the investigators who work to name them.

Source: Mosaic Science
Published: May 17, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,626 words)

Austin, Indiana: the HIV Capital of Small-Town America

“The kind of multigenerational drug use he was describing was not uncommon in their town, Austin, in southern Indiana. It’s a tiny place, covering just two and a half square miles of the sliver of land that comprises Scott County. An incredible proportion of its 4,100 population—up to an estimated 500 people—are shooting up. It was here, starting in December 2014, that the single largest HIV outbreak in U.S. history took place. Austin went from having no more than three cases per year to 180 in 2015, a prevalence rate close to that seen in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Source: Mosaic Science
Published: May 3, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,422 words)

Taking Sperm from the Dead

The complicated ethics—and legality—of post-mortem sperm extraction.

Source: Mosaic Science
Published: Apr 26, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,404 words)