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EDITOR’S ESSAY • Cryptocurrencies have gone mainstream – but we must ensure the rewards, as well as the risks, are available to all
SHAKING THINGS UP
Early adopters • From meditations on the natural world to using carbon-neutral laundry services, three entrepreneurs reveal what’s exciting them
DARK KITCHENS GET A LIGHT-BULB MOMENT • After developing a reputation for being the poorly paid catering sweatshops powering the fooddelivery boom during lockdown, these hidden meal-prep sites needed a rethink. Drawing on their own unsavoury experiences of cheffing, two sisters have changed the recipe for success
PERSONAL CARE NEEDS TO CLEAN UP ITS ACT • A Swedish startup has a solution to the millions of plastic bottles that go from bathrooms to landfill – just add water
Grease is the word: putting lab-grown fat on the menu
WE CAN’T ALLOW BIG TECH TO RULE OUR NEW VIRTUAL WORLDS • The Metaverse, a global, interconnected world of avatars, mixed-reality experiences and community, is coming. We have an opportunity to avoid the mistakes of past platforms – opaque algorithms, disinformation, privacy breaches and corporate interests – but we must act now
GARDENS ARE POWER STATIONS • Lurking just beneath your lawn is a reservoir of steady geothermal heat that doesn’t care what time of year it is. Tapping into this clean energy has just been made easier – and a lot cheaper
PRINT OUT A POP-UP PALACE FROM DIRT • For a while, it looked like architectural-scale 3D printing was falling flat, but an Italian project has combined an ancient building method with robotic precision to create homes that can be built anywhere – just add mud
LET’S TEACH OUR TECH BAD MANNERS • WIRED’s executive editor Jeremy White is sick of AI voice assistants being so nice all the time – truly personalised technology ought to know how to be as rude as a human
OLYMPIC GLORY: IT’S ALL IN THE THE TIMING • When an athlete’s whole training cycle is geared towards peaking at one specific starting line, how do they deal with it being pushed back a year? World heptathlon champion and Team GB star Katarina Johnson-Thompson explains
GET NEW DRUGS FROM OLD TESTS • Before it conquered the world, Viagra was a failing angina drug, and its potential was almost missed. Healx wants to ensure we don’t similarly overlook therapies that might treat rare diseases
RECREATE NATURE’S TRUE COLOURS – NO PAINT REQUIRED • From the flash of a hummingbird’s feathers to the dazzle of a butterfly, the secret to high-impact hues has been cracked
OPEN UP SECURITY FOR SAFE MESSAGES • Open-standard, decentralised, end-to-end encrypted messaging is keeping governments safe from snooping by, well, other governments. But it could work for us, too
NO SUNSHINE? CATCH GAMMA RAYS INSTEAD • We need more clean, cheap power sources. But if the wind doesn’t blow and you’re coming up short on daylight, what are your electricity options? A UK startup thinks radioisotope cells are about to have their place in the Sun
CLICK TO INITIATE INTIMACY • An app aims to support Denmark’s new sexual consent legislation – but does it lack the sex appeal for everyday use?
Retail gets a whole new look • BUSINESSES ARE MAKING BOLD CHANGES TO THE HIGH STREET AND ONLINE
Rental rises to the top of the retail pile
SHOPPING’S NEW BLEND • Brands will need to combine the best of offline and online if they want to lure in more customers
The high street will survive, but only if it...