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.