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Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
You can check out Doctor Stu’s blog at realdoctorstu.com or his poncy personal website stuartfarrimond.com. Here's his .

Guru Magazine is back!

Read all about it! Read all about it! Guru Magazine is back and it’s got a brand new look.

For the last few months, our Gurus have swapped our quills for computer code and are now proud to present our sleek new website that coincides with our fourth birthday!

What’s new

Our new easy-to-use format allows you to browse effortlessly between our articles no matter what sized screen you’re using.

What’s more, we’ve shaken up the way we publish the mag. Instead of making you wait two months for fresh content, we will release each new issue in bite-sized chunks over a few days – you need to keep your finger on the pulse by following us on twitter, Facebook or via our email subscription.

Here at Guru Magazine, we believe that absence makes the heart grow fonder, so we are chuffed to be back, and invite you to indulge in our latest issue (Issue G), which is a celebration of some of our best bits from over the years.

Enjoy!

Browse Issue G now

P.S. If you have any feedback – good or bad – or have any problems, let us know by clicking the feedback button on the left (not on mobiles).

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May 26, 2015

Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
You can check out Doctor Stu’s blog at realdoctorstu.com or his poncy personal website stuartfarrimond.com. Here's his .


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Arrivals Lounge – Welcome Back!

arrivals

Fret not, we’re all still here.. It’s difficult to believe, but it’s been nearly a year since Guru Magazine last published a feature issue. I know, let that sink in for a moment. Quite frankly, we’re amazed the world is still turning! However, our prolonged radio silence doesn’t mean we’ve been sunning ourselves on the beach. Oh no. Rather, like Santa’s elves, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to give Guru a complete makeover. And we’re just about ready for opening night.

As you entered the new-look arrivals lounge, seasoned readers may have noticed the refurbishments: we have some snazzy new logos and a fresh, minimalist homepage, thanks to our Design Guru, Ian Wildsmith. You also happen to be reading these words through a bespoke viewing platform, put together by Coding Guru Kyle Pastor. This new, browser-based reader captures the design of Guru but means that you can read all our articles without needing to do the old smartphone pinch-zoom on your mobile device. The entire reading experience is designed to be enjoyable on any screen size, be it mobile, tablet, computer, or wind-up radio (only joking, we only support wind-up laptops.

Perhaps the biggest change to our humble magazine is how often Guru will now be published. Rather than release a full issue once every two months, each new issue will be published in bite-sized chunks over several days. Subscribe via email, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook and you’ll be the first to know when each article is to be released. Of course, you traditionalists can still wait for the full issue to come out, letting you read Guru ‘cover-to-cover’ without interruption. Whichever your preference, you can enjoy flicking through our signature smile-summoning content using the ‘next’ and ‘previous’ buttons at the bottom of each page.

That’s just about everything you need to know. Your flight is about to depart, leaving me just enough time to introduce this special ‘welcome back’ issue of Guru, dubbed ‘Issue G’. It’s a selection of our favourite articles from past issues to remind you of some of the fantastic timeless content we have been so proud to publish. Go exploring, and do please give us your feedback, good and bad.

Now boarding for Guru, please make your way to the next article…

Dr Stu

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May 20, 2015

Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
You can check out Doctor Stu’s blog at realdoctorstu.com or his poncy personal website stuartfarrimond.com. Here's his .


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Departures Lounge

departuresWell this is where we say goodbye for now. We hope you enjoyed your trip down memory lane. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling sentimental… and a little hungry. I can’t wait to get into the lab and rustle up some cherry flavoured yoghurt!

On second thoughts, I might just order a takeaway.

This issue was all about bringing you some of the best articles from past editions of Guru Magazine, celebrating our history and welcoming a future where we continue to provide you with real science (sans the ‘geek factor’). So, what did you think? Do you have a newfound appreciation for jazz? Are you already planning your next trip to the great outdoors? Do you love dogs even more than before? Is that last question even possible?

We had a fun, but tough job narrowing down our favourite Guru articles, so do let us know if you have any standout favourites that we didn’t manage to fit in. You can also browse our rich back catalogue at your leisure by clicking here. None of these great articles could have been published without your support, so it’s safe to say your opinion matters a great deal to us.

Where next? We’ll be giving you bite-sized chunks of your favourite science lifestyle magazine over the coming weeks. We view this as less of a long haul flight and more of a whistle stop tour of all things science! Of course, we’ll be with you every step of the way, in our new sleek outfit. And you can always keep up with the latest posts by joining us on Twitter and Facebook.

Guru is a crowd-sourced magazine, and we’re always on the lookout for keen writers and interesting ideas. Got a question? Check out the AskaGuru page for the answer.

Until next time…

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Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
You can check out Doctor Stu’s blog at realdoctorstu.com or his poncy personal website stuartfarrimond.com. Here's his .


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‘Not the 12 Days of Christmas’ Day 10: The six worst Xmas family photos… ever!

On the 10th day of Christmas my Guru gave to me… six of the worst Christmas family portraits ever.

It’s difficult to understand why some people think sending Christmas cards with a family portrait on is a good idea. Sure, it’s a clever way to get your beautiful mush on your friend’s fireplace, but it’s just, well… a bit weird.

More bizarre than a twee photo of relatives you never see are these creepy snaps. Ho, ho ho.. here are six of the worst – and perhaps funniest – Christmas family portraits of all time…

6. The VERY bad Christmas jumper family portrait

Yes, ridiculous festive jumpers are in fashion but this example of matching Christmas tops reaches new levels of terrible taste. Choosing red for women and blue for men is a special touch.

Very bad Christmas jumper family photo

5. Goth Family Robinson Christmas family portrait (and Santa)

If you thought heavy metal fans couldn’t enjoy some Christmas cheer, then this photo should put you straight. Can’t you feel the love?

Goth Christmas family portrait

4. Three bare-chested men and a huge snowman photo

Pert nipples all round! These proud men show how good they are at erecting a huge snowman by standing semi-naked in sub-zero temperatures while flexing their pecs.

Bare chested Christmas photo

3. The very disturbing naked Dad Christmas family photo

This photo is wrong on so many levels. You’re unsure whether to laugh, cringe or call the police… It goes beyond quirky into slightly-disturbing territory. Presumably the fire is turned to the ideal temperature for Dad’s bum.

Naked Dad Christmas photo

2. The Elvis Christmas family photo

Those Elvis impersonators show the remarkable ability to look absolutely nothing like Elvis. Isn’t that Michael Jackson in the top-left?

Elvis Christma family photo

1. The Naturists do Christmas Garden-of-Eden-style family photo

Naturists trying to celebrate humanity’s first Christmas? It’s a miracle how those leaves stay on.

Naturists Christmas family portrait

Every day in the run up to Christmas, we will be publishing a humorous, witty or intriguing post. It’s the Guru’s Not the 12 Days of Christmas! Missed any? Click here to see all the festive posts so far.

And yes, we know the real twelve days of Christmas officially starts on Christmas day…


Photos source: Mirror.co.uk

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December 23, 2014

Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
You can check out Doctor Stu’s blog at realdoctorstu.com or his poncy personal website stuartfarrimond.com. Here's his .


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