Today I publish my first feature in The Guardian‘s magazine: a cover story on the race for the new condom.


I spent two weeks in LA meeting maverick inventors, pragmatic academics and open-minded couples road testing experimental new designs for science. Plus, I saw some pretty funky gadgets in the labs of the plonker boffins. I am so, so delighted that The Guardian chose to publish this particularly NSFW image.

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A “coital replicator” at the Apex Laboratories in San Diego, photographed by Steve Schofield.

Aces high.

Plus, they used a quote from Marvin Gaye – who I love – for the header. Couldn’t be more delighted.