On The WIRED Podcast this week:
🩸What went wrong with antibody tests? – For weeks, the UK government suggested antibody tests may lead the country out of lockdown. Instead, the testing regime has been beset by problems and unclear priorities. We discuss how the promises unravelled
🌭When it comes to eating hot dogs, there’s nobody better than Joey Chestnut – He’s won the world’s top eating competition for 13 out of the last 14 years and can eat 75 hotdogs in ten minutes. Chestnut’s success is down to genetics, psychology, and sheer hard work
🚆Making train travel as easy as flying – More people are opting to take the train for holidays and while it’s greener it may not be easier. Enthusiasts, tech companies and the European Commission are trying to make ticket-booking a smoother journey
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