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Mosaic is dedicated to exploring the science of life. Each week, Mosaic publishes a feature on an aspect of biology or medicine that affects our lives, our health or our society; telling stories with real depth about the ideas, trends and people that drive contemporary life sciences.

 

Why we still don’t understand sleep, and why it matters

For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st birthday, he began to experience symptoms of narcolepsy, a debilitating disorder that’s plagued him ever since. Sleep research is progressing, so why are he and others like him still waiting for a cure?

Meet the dogs with OCD

Could understanding canine compulsions help find new treatments for people with obsessive–compulsive disorders too? Shayla Love investigates.

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Why we need to start listening to insects

To fight malaria, researchers are reviving a field of study grounded in both music and biology: wingbeat frequency. Daniel A Gross traces the story from Finland to Tanzania, and looks at where this collision of disciplines could lead.

Swipe right to save a life

A chance meeting on a minibus in Costa Rica inspired a young American to start crowdfunding healthcare for people all over the world. So what happens when Silicon Valley meets some of the world’s poorest countries? Andrew Hankinson went to Haiti to find out.

The people who help you die better

A network of compassionate volunteers caring for their terminally ill neighbours is helping more people in Kerala, India, to end their days at peace and at home. Jeremy Laurance meets the man leading the movement.

Print your own body parts

For people who are missing limbs, 3D printing can make new prosthetics – faster, cheaper and better. It could transform mobility for millions around the world, reports Ian Birrell.