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Some­times it’s good to be a dog owner. I never wanted to get a dog, mind you; there’s lit­tle joy to be had in pick­ing up poop, pay­ing vet bills and drink­ing in ‘dog friendly’ cof­fee shops. And yet I must con­cede that our puppy, Win­ston, has given me joy. Tak­ing the four-legged one for a walk ev­ery day, re­gard­less of how dog-tired I am, is a great plea­sure. There’s lit­tle to beat be­ing out among the sounds, sights and smells of na­ture. Pro­vid­ing Win­ston hasn’t just done his busi­ness, that is. This is­sue pays ho­mage to the world out­side the four walls we call home. Our new Na­ture Guru, Au­tumn Sar­tain, gets the wagon rolling on page 7, where she ex­plains why even the lazi­est of us are born to be wild. Mean­while, James Crewdson fights the urge to hug a tree as he goes off around the world in search of nat­u­ral heal­ing. Some­times though, na­ture has an ironic sense of hu­mour: Janske Nel re­ports on how South Africa’s killer bees may one day cure the na­tion of HIV. Af­ter Food Guru Natasha gets all in­ter­ga­lac­tic on us – dream­ing of cook­ing a pizza aboard a Mars mis­sion on page 12 – Matt Lins­dell brings us down to Earth. Of­fer­ing a can­did ac­count of his bat­tle with ago­ra­pho­bia, he com­pares in­door and out­door ex­er­cise on page 47. As al­ways, there’s lots more in here, but it’s prob­a­bly best that I now let you go and ex­plore. Just watch out for the bananas, and don’t get lost. (Dog op­tional.)

Dr.Stu P.S. Our much-loved Scep­tic Guru, Daryl Il­bury, has cho­sen to take a side­ways shimmy, shed­ding his ‘Scep­tic’ moniker for the more el­e­gant ‘ Tal­ent Guru’. Based in South Africa, he is the me­dia co-or­di­na­tor at the pres­ti­gious South Africa Agency for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Ad­vance­ment (SAASTA). He will be stay­ing with us at Guru, work­ing be­hind the scenes to iden­tify and de­velop the next wave of sci­ence writ­ing tal­ent. If you ask him very nicely, he might still write some­thing about the Loch Ness Mon­ster. Guru Mag­a­zine is now pub­lished by the Guru Sci­ence Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Co-op­er­a­tive. Find out more here.

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