WIRED UK September 2017

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
6 期号


creating wired

Not that button! Our photographers always go the extra mile to capture the perfect shot, but Spencer Lowell (above, right) went over and above when he crawled into a corpse-dissolving resomator in the name of work. “Since we couldn’t photograph an actual body, I figured I could use my own,” he says. “I felt completely safe in there. Dean Fisher (left) is the nicest person I’ve ever met and I trusted him… but I did ask my assistants to tackle him if he tried to turn the machine on. The inside of the chamber smelled like seafood on a humid day – it’s impossible not to think about death when you’re in there.” China’s tech makeover This issue’s features opener (p101) shows a Willow plate, screen-printed by Edwards & Lockett in Stoke-on-Trent. Lovely.…

why it’s always day one for jeff bezos and amazon

M ost organisations shroud their strategy in secrecy, worried that revealing their blueprints and tactics could erode competitive advantage or diminish their ability to adapt to changing market conditions. One notable exception is Amazon, the online retailer that has achieved near-ubiquity in the way that we buy, sell, compute, read, search and, with its recent acquisition of Whole Foods, eat. Tech companies like to talk about changing the world. In most instances, this can be dismissed as hyperbole or braggadocio. In the case of Amazon, however, it’s true. Since it was founded in 1994, the Seattle-based company has fundamentally altered the lives and behaviours of hundreds of millions of people – and forced any entity that attempts to compete with it to innovate. Competitors should note that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos…

a well-oiled machine

Every day, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) extracts around three million barrels of oil and 270 million cubic metres of raw gas from 5,000 metres below the sea’s surface. Its oil rigs off the coast of the United Arab Emirates stretch deep into bedrock beneath the Persian Gulf. Adnoc begins by performing a seismic survey of the site they want to drill. “This is when we send signals to the ground and it reflects back, so we can identify the areas where oil and gas exist,” explains Qasem Al Kayoumi, manager of Adnoc’s technical centre. Once Adnoc has identified a site, it can start drilling. Rigs are raised and slid into place by a cantilever. “We connect the wells to pipelines, which take the oil and gas to facilities where…

pinot noir from the clone cellar

Alec Lee clones wines in his laboratory – no grapes required. As co-founder of Ava Winery, he’s built a 460-square-metre facility in San Francisco to assemble vino from scratch, molecule by molecule. First up: an initial batch of five that includes a Pinot Noir and Moscato d’Asti. “The thesis is to give people access to luxury foods in a way that hasn’t traditionally been possible,” says Lee, 28 (pictured). To achieve this, eight scientists at Ava mimic the hundreds of compounds that give a wine its taste, aroma and body. In the lab, they use gas and liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry: techniques that reduce substances into their component parts. “This allows us to take a raw material, separate each molecule, then identify and quantify it,” Lee explains. This way they…

drop acid, not pills, for your well-being

The world is in the throes of a mental-health crisis, as depression and dementia afflict spiralling numbers of people. In March 2017, the World Health Organization declared that depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are living with it, an increase of more than 18 per cent between 2005 and 2015. But help is at hand – if we can reach out and grasp it. A group of drugs long considered taboo is poised to transform the way we treat mental health. Recent research suggests that psychedelics – once regarded as a relic of the hippydippy 60s – could prove powerful tools not only to treat, but also potentially cure, many mental health problems regarded as chronic. Psychedelics do something that our current…

to catch a thief

The UK’s finger- and palm-print database, Ident1, has more than seven million sets in its archive. “Fingerprints are one of the few types of evidence that can tie the trace to an individual,” says Stephen Bleay, a government scientist at the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology (Cast). Paper holds fingerprints well, so banknotes have long been one of the best places to find them. But the Bank of England is moving away from paper – it’s already introduced a polymer fiver, and a similar £10 note is due in September. “The new notes have lots of different materials and surface treatments within a small space,” says Bleay, 51. “A fingerprint on that doesn’t interact the same on each of those regions.” So, the 200-person team at Cast has spent…