Scientists have long debated the effects of fructose, the sweet sugar found in fruit.

Now, new research is revealing how fructose is provoking an alarming health crisis as we increasingly consume processed foods, eating a worryingly high amount – up to 22 teaspoons – of added sugar every day. 

“In our latest issue of the magazine we are looking at this research which is suggesting that the public health consequences of toxic sugar are set to be worse than the impacts of alcohol on the health of the population,” Wilson da Silva, COSMOS Editor-in-Chief said.

“This hidden hazard is set to become a staggering public health issue that every one of us should be aware of,” he said.

Plus, how did our body shape shift from our ancient ‘running man’ ancestors to ‘flabby man’ today?

Is obesity in our genes? And what can we do to avoid it?

British geneticist Dame Linda Partridge examines the research pointing to new drugs that can prevent – or slow – the effects of ageing. Could we soon put immortality in a pill?

Also in the latest issue, why nanomachines will revolutionise medicine and technology, and a spectacular gallery on the micro world.

Cosmos also travels south for the 100th anniversary of Douglas Mawson’s fateful exploration of Antarctica, revisit brilliant mathematician Alan Turing’s tragic life and explores how the ancient Antikythera device predicted the future.

“The latest edition of COSMOS Magazine which is hitting shelves, iPads and mailboxes today,” Wilson said.


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COSMOS is a literary science magazine with a global following. Australia’s #1 science media brand, it reaches 500,000 people every month via a print magazine, a daily online news website and a weekly e-newsletter and now the iPad app. COSMOS Teacher’s Notes reach 65% of Australian high schools, and they produce a wide range of quality editorial products (such as websites, booklets, posters and DVDs) for a range of clients.

COSMOS is backed by an Editorial Advisory Board that includes Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, ABC Radio’s Robyn Williams, and is chaired by Dr Alan Finkel, the neuroscientist and philanthropist who is the Chancellor of Monash University in Melbourne.