All is not as it seems in this issue of Guru Magazine. The world in which we live in is one of murky politics, invisible parasites and mysterious illusions. Issue 19 lifts the veil on hidden worlds that few of us ever knew existed – journeying from the waters of the Ganges in North India to the American fields of professional athletics. Turning our attention to ourselves, we then zoom in on the bugs that live inside our bodies and we consider how sleep – and a lack of it – can distort our view of reality.
Kate Timms wonders whether there has been a conspiracy at play in the world of American Football, as she investigates the scandal of sports-related head injuries. For many years, professional sports bodies have denied that knocks to the head can cause unseen and potentially fatal brain damage – and only now is the truth starting to emerge. Jack Williams then reviews Rob Brotherton’s debut book, Suspicious Minds, and discovers that all of us – no matter how sceptical – have a tendency to be duped by crazy conspiracy theories. Winners of our Suspicious Minds competition are revealed, with accolades going to the most inventive new conspiracy theories that you concocted.
On a more savoury – or should we say ‘sweet’ – note, guest writer Cameron Hyde chews over how his skinny friends manage to have their cake and eat it, while he seems to pile on the pounds just by looking at an apple pie. It’s all down to our DNA, he says, and small changes to our lifestyle can reprogram our biological instruction manuals – ultimately letting us fit into that abandoned pair of skinny jeans.
Also in this issue, microbe expert Dr Bjorn Herpers offers a surprising solution to the problem of superbugs. We review the latest book by Comma Press, Spindles: Short Stories from the Science of Sleep: a compelling collection of popular science short stories from a variety of authors accompanied with commentaries by real scientists.
There are other gems buried in Guru for you to discover but we’ll hand over to new mother Autumn Sartain to awaken your senses. Read on as she recounts an ill-fated night when the foundations of her world started to wobble. But don’t worry, this is one story with a happy ending…