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What Happened When One Man Ate 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day for 60 Days

It wasn't pretty.<p>Sugar is everywhere and it's in so much of the food that makes up a Western diet, but for the past six years, Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau has managed to steer relatively clear of added sugars. He then voluntarily decided to consume 40 teaspoons of sugar a day (or the amount …

Diabetes
Clean Energy

Stephen Hawking finds the inner genius in ordinary people

It’s hard to believe that it took reality television this long to get around to dealing with space, time and our place in the cosmos.<p>In PBS’ <i>Genius by</i> …

Physics

Scientists Have Published a New Tree of Life

Charles Darwin famously imagined evolution as a tree full of branches, a metaphor that biologists have since used to depict how life is structured. …

Biology

Self-Assembled Nanomaterials Make Advances In Artificial Photosynthesis

Last month, I wrote about how scientists (including me) were working on an area known as artificial photosynthesis, whereby solar energy is used to generate hydrogen and oxygen for use as fuels by splitting water molecules. This hydrogen solar fuel would be cheap, clean and sustainable. There are …

Photosynthesis

Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story – eccentric pedal power

David Street’s account of the Scottish cyclist’s attempt at the land-speed record engages without quite capturing the man<p>Director David Street wields his own camera on this no-nonsense documentary about cycling hero Graeme Obree. It’s a celebration of British maverick eccentricity, showing the …

Cycling

If You Have This Gene, Don’t Smoke Weed

The genes that predispose pot dependence are also linked to schizophrenia and depression.<p>According to new research, you don’t sit around in …

Scientists Have Identified 11 Indicators of a ‘Good Death’

Admit it, you’re morbidly curious.<p>Most normal people spend a lot of time thinking about the worst ways to die. Death by incineration, drowning, bear attack, and the slow consumption of my head by fire ants while the rest of my body is buried underground all make the cut for me. But a group of …

UC San Diego

Google makes $150 worth of Nik Collection photo editing software completely free

Good news for photographers - Google is giving away $150 (£105) worth of photo-editing software for free.<p>The entire Nik Collection of picture editing …

Tutorials

Stir-Fried Asparagus with Bacon and Crispy Shallots

4 Servings<p>The pan-flip doesn’t just look cool, it ensures that food cooks evenly over high heat.<p>April 2016Print<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup black vinegar<p>¼ cup sherry vinegar<p>2 small shallots, thinly sliced into rings<p>4 ounces slab bacon, cut into 1x¼-inch pieces<p>1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for frying …

Asparagus

This $99 Device Transforms Any Smartphone Into a 3D Printer

This is seriously cool.<p>We keep hearing about the awesome applications of 3D printers, such as home-made braces (don’t actually try at home), toys, …

Homemade

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for 23 March

Your WIRED.co.uk daily briefing. Today, all traces of HIV have been successfully removed from immune cells by gene editing, scientists predict that …

Genetics

The 4 Rituals That Will Make You an Expert at Anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

Self-improvement

Behind the Story: VICE Goes Inside Mecca During Hajj

<b>Story:</b> “Intimate Photos From Inside Mecca During the World’s Largest Gathering” <b><br>Outlet:</b> VICE <b><br>Reporter:</b> Yasin Osman (@yescene)<p><i>Each year, millions of Muslims make the pilgrimage to Mecca for the Hajj gathering, a requirement said to have been mandated by the prophet Mohammed himself. The pilgrimage is</i> …

The World's Best Whistler Explains How She Got So Good

"Always stay hydrated, and never forget your chapstick."<p>When Molly Lewis opened a string of shows for Kirin J Callinan's recent world tour, the LA-based Australian demonstrated the difference between a party trick and a hidden talent. It's the same thing every time you're at one of Lewis's shows, …

Mountain Biking

A Stanford scientist shares a simple way to stick with good habits even when you're feeling lazy

I'm well aware that a bowl of Quaker oats is hardly the most nutritious or substantive fare. Honestly, it doesn't even taste that good.<p>But at the end of a long workday, the absolute last thing I want to do is start chopping up vegetables or steaming tofu or — worst of all — cleaning up after I've …

Stanford University

The Science of Developing Mental Toughness in Your Health, Work, and Life

Have you ever wondered what makes someone a good athlete? Or a good leader? Or a good parent? Why do some people accomplish their goals while others …

Self-improvement

Combining these 2 theories could give us an actual 'theory of everything’

In the last few decades, researchers have pursued the problem in two separate programs — string theory and loop quantum gravity — that are widely considered incompatible by their practitioners.<p>But now some scientists argue that joining forces is the way forward.<p>Among the attempts to unify quantum …

Quantum Mechanics

Rolling Papers review – marijuana documentary delivers moderate buzz

Following Denver Post pot editor Ricardo Baca through Colorado, with a detour to Uruguay, this movie is as slight and diverting as a one-skin joint<p>In Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Utah, people suffering from seizures, glaucoma or cancer can receive a jail sentence if caught with …

Cannabis