How Termites Inspired a Building that Can Cool Itself

 

How do you cool a building without air conditioning? Using an approach called biomimicry, see how architect Mick Pearce harnessed the ingenuity of termites to design a natural cooling system for the largest commercial building in Zimbabwe.

In nature, termites build skyscraper-like mounds that are ventilated by a complex system of tunnels. By emulating the ingenuity of termites, Zimbabwean architect Mick Pearce used an approach called biomimicry to design a natural cooling system that harnessed nature. The result is an architectural marvel that achieves 90 percent passive climate control by taking cool air into the building at night and expelling heat throughout the day.

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How Termites Inspired a Building that Can Cool Itself

 

How do you cool a building without air conditioning? Using an approach called biomimicry, see how architect Mick Pearce harnessed the ingenuity of termites to design a natural cooling system for the largest commercial building in Zimbabwe.

In nature, termites build skyscraper-like mounds that are ventilated by a complex system of tunnels. By emulating the ingenuity of termites, Zimbabwean architect Mick Pearce used an approach called biomimicry to design a natural cooling system that harnessed nature. The result is an architectural marvel that achieves 90 percent passive climate control by taking cool air into the building at night and expelling heat throughout the day.

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Photographer Captures Mid-Air Food Fight Between Eagle and Fox

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Although impressive hunters in their own right, Bald Eagles are also known for their tendency to poach meals from other predators that have already done the leg work.

While working in San Juan Island National Historic Park, photographer Kevin Ebi witnessed a Bald Eagle swoop in to steal a rabbit from a young fox.

During its act of thievery the eagle accidentally snared the fox as well and the two tussled in mid-air before the eagle made off with the meal. Ebi documented the dramatic even in an incredible sequence of images which you can find in the video embedded below.

You can learn more about the story and see more photos from the battle on his website here. For prints, books and more amazing nature photography, check out Ebi’s work at the links below.

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Getting Low with the World Record Limbo Queen

 

Shemika Campbell hails from a long line of limbo. Both her mother and her grandmother were limbo dancers, carrying on the traditionally Trinidadian form of dance. Shemika is keeping up the family legacy, taking limbo to a whole new low. She has set three Guinness World Records, including the record for lowest limbo at only 8.5 inches.

Now, she’s traveling the world, spreading the culture of her native Trinidad and Tobago with appearances on “America’s Got Talent,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Late Late Show.”

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Artist Pays Homage to Classic Video Games with Awesome Oil Paintings

 

Nikolay Lobzov is a Russian painter and digital artist based in Moscow who has been paying homage to games he loves with amazing oil on canvas paintings of classic titles like Halo, Half-Life 2 and Soul Calibur.

From the texture of the paint to the contrast in the medium itself, these artworks are a fun and creative ‘fan art’ tribute to video games many of us grew up playing. To see more art (both digital and non-digital) check out Lobzov’s portfolios at links below.

 

NIKOLAY LOBZOV
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Halo

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Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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Soul Calibur

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Half-Life 2

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Farah and Martin Parr Summer Project Collection

Farah and Martin Parr Summer Project Collection

We’ve teamed up with Farah to showcase their new collaboration collection with legendary photographer Martin Parr, and we have a £100 voucher to give away to one of our loyal readers too. Martin Parr is known for his photographic works taking a satirical look at British life and subculture. He’s partnered with Farah to shoot their latest summer collection, inspired by British quintessential seasides and holiday goers.

Farah and Martin Parr Summer Project Collection

Both Parr’s works and Farah’s identity are strongly connected to the youth culture and suburban narrative, the collaboration examines this common ground to create a unique series of photographs and limited-edition products. For those of you not familiar with the Farah Menswear brand, they have a philosophy firmly rooted in British menswear, crafting pared-back classics for modern living, balancing aesthetics with function, for design with true permanence.

Farah and Martin Parr Summer Project Collection

“I always enjoy the challenge of working with brands like Farah, to try and create images that have some personality, just like the clothes.” – Martin Parr.

Farah and Martin Parr Summer Project Collection

There are also two limited-edition products which feature one of Martin Parr’s iconic images on them. The T-shirt and Hoodie is available now whilst stocks last, so don’t hang about on this one chaps. Our Editor-in-chief, Craig Landale, picked out a couple of items to create his favourite look from this summer collection. The rather relaxed baseball inspired Zemlack short sleeved raglan T-shirt has been teamed with the Hawk washed chino shorts with that all important just-above-the-knee fit.

Farah and Martin Parr Summer Project Collection

At just £80 for the full outfit we think this is a decent price especially for such a great fit and such comfort that comes with quality garments like these. This look is a great understated monochrome one that is summer holiday-friendly without being overly colourful.

Farah and Martin Parr Summer Project Collection

“Martin Parr’s fondness for documenting British holiday goers have long been an inspiration to me.” – Chris O’Brien, Farah Designer.

Farah and Martin Parr Summer Project Collection

Competition 

Yes, that’s right, we promised you a £100 voucher giveaway in the opening paragraph. If you want to get your grubby hands on this prize simply enter your name and email into the below form and we will pick a winner 27th June 2018 – good luck everyone!

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Secrets Only the Most Stylish Men Know

Secrets Only the Most Stylish Men Know

You see them on magazine covers and flooding your Instagram feed, as they seamlessly transition from one seasonal Dior suit straight into a lightweight linen shirt that cannot possibly go out of style. Some of them are as quirky and strange as Johnny Depp, while others take a rugged Tom Hardy approach, but they all seem to have one thing in common: they are damn flawless, and this is what we can learn from them.

Secrets Only the Most Stylish Men Know

Men who mind their step 

Don’t underestimate the power a decent pair of shoes has in salvaging an otherwise mediocre outfit. You’d be surprised how much this one aspect of your look matters in leaving the right impression, and they are often the pivotal element that defines the entire ensemble. Go for shoes that will outlast any seasonal fad, both in the quality of their making, and the aesthetics that make them simple to pair with everything you own. No matter if you’re a jeans guy, or a lover of chinos, if you stick with lumberjack shirts or prefer them crisp white – a Derby shoe, for instance, can give any combo a perfect finish.

Secrets Only the Most Stylish Men Know

Timeless over trendy
 

Of course, there will always be season-worthy pieces that will tempt you into updating your wardrobe, and this noble goal will sometimes be perfectly justifiable. However, with all due respect for the Matrix-inspired leather coats that will be in for the upcoming autumn and winter months, there are certain items that will stand the test of time no matter the latest fads. A pair of classic Levi’s jeans, a clean white shirt, a fitted blazer in a darker tone and a sleek coat make a far wiser investment for a look that cannot fade in time. There are other classics that can make a fine addition to your wardrobe, just make sure they resonate with your character, and don’t fear going outside of your comfort zone every once in a while.

Secrets Only the Most Stylish Men Know

Details that make a man 

Ladies may have their statement earrings or pendant necklaces, but a man of style knows how to rock his own set of accessories depending on the occasion. In addition to the suit staples such as your favourite tie or pocket square, you can play around with a whole array of other additions that will elevate your look. If you look at the Aussie style guru Roger Shamoun in one of his impeccable suits, you’ll most likely first notice other aspects of his look, like a prominent pair of sunglasses. Then again, a rugged but classy wrist watch can go a long way in boosting your appearance. Simply put, you cannot go wrong with both items, so keep them handy whenever you’re styling for an outing.

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Grooming matters
 

No Harvey Specter approved power suit or a smart pair of boots can undo the damage of a poorly done beard and hair trim, let alone the entire lack of personal hygiene. To that end, it would be an understatement of the century to say that how you conduct your basic self-care will be the foundation of your style – and without it, style is not possible to begin with. There’s been so much hype around hipster beards lately that every average Joe has started growing facial hair. That, however, is no way to treat your facial aesthetics, and the best way to move forward is to consider the shape of your face and your entire look before you dive into the beard buzz. Make your hair and skin essentials suitable for your needs, and no, there is nothing more alpha than a male with a set of teeth to outshine the stars.

Secrets Only the Most Stylish Men Know

Discover the power of tailors 

In case you wouldn’t mind owning robes worthy of Valhalla, then by all means, look no further than Chris Hemsworth and his own take on contemporary comfort. We’ve seen him dressed in many a sleek tailored suit, and enough minimalist coats to know that he means business when he opens up his wardrobe. However, in his own words, it’s about having a great tailor, and he should know, since he can rarely find a store suit that fits him perfectly. In addition to finding fabrics that keep you comfortable in all weather conditions, you should pay close attention to how these carefully-selected pieces fit you. If the sleeves are too tight, the waist too wide, or the jacket doesn’t fall neatly over your shoulders, you need a trusted tailor in your phonebook who knows your preferences and never fails to make a piece fit you well.

Secrets Only the Most Stylish Men Know

The wardrobes of stylish gents are works of art that all of us mere mortal men wish to snatch away to somehow achieve that godly status. However, it takes a keen eye for detail and appreciation for the fine art of fashion to know what will make your style spotless – so let’s do our best to learn from the best in the game.

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6 Summer Grooming Tips from Murdock London

6 Summer Grooming Tips from Murdock London

Just when you think you’ve finally nailed your winter grooming regime, the cold subsides and the forthcoming sun brings with it a host of entirely new – and somewhat sweaty – problems. From itchy and irritable beards to tight dry skin, summer is quick to prove it’s as much our foe as it is our friend. Fortunately for all sun-seekers, Murdock London’s new ‘Clean Label’ range has launched at just the right time. The team behind the leading London-based barbershop have spent the past 18 months curating their own line of products to seriously upgrade men’s grooming. Containing everything a man needs, and nothing he doesn’t, the new range is chock-full of the best ingredients to help style, and also treat your hair, beard, face, body and even scent. Ben Vowles, Senior Barber at Murdock London gives us his six top tips for every man to adhere by this summer…

6 Summer Grooming Tips from Murdock London

Protect your skin from air conditioning

Moisturiser is important this time of year to replenish dry skin caused by aircon and the summer heat. The Murdock face moisturiser is great as it has hyaluronic acid which super hydrates the skin.

6 Summer Grooming Tips from Murdock London

Remember what you put in your hair will go on your skin

Summertime usually means a shorter style and more sweat, so we need products with a good hold and texture but also soft on the skin just in case the heat does get to us and the products get on our skin. Murdock London’s entire range is now clean label and free of any nasties such as parabens and sulphites. And the Matt mud is great for short textured styles.  

Always use a hot towel

Even when it’s hot it’s still important to use a hot towel before shaving to help prep the skin and soften the stubble. A pre-shave oil will help the whole preparation process and reduce sensitivity. The Murdock pre-shave oil contains almond oil which does exactly that ensuring a smooth comfortable shave.

6 Summer Grooming Tips from Murdock London

Use a summer fragrance

Summer can feel humid and the air can feel almost heavy. Use a fresh fragrance to cut through the stickiness and keep you feeling fresh. The Murdock Avalon cologne is great as it has citrus notes of orange, Sicilian bergamot and calabrian lemon, perfect for long warm evenings.  

A casual hairstyle

During the summer it’s nice to have a more casual look with your hair. Sea salt sprays are great to create a loose, beachy look. The Murdock sea salt spray is a brilliant product to use to achieve this look; with natural sea salt it creates volume and texture with a matte finish.

6 Summer Grooming Tips from Murdock London

Sunshine lightens and dries out hair 

This looks great but can sometimes feel the opposite, so it’s important to use a shampoo and conditioner combo that will replenish the strength and moisture of the hair. The Murdock quince and oakmoss shampoo and conditioner combo is fantastic as it’s packed with wheat proteins and essential oils such as olive, sunflower and orange.

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How to Look After Your Beard

How to Look After Your Beard

The age of beards is upon us! Beard growers, as well as beard lovers have grown in number – you can hardly look around without seeing at least one epic rugged beard, and you simply can’t help but want one. However, that’s easier said than done. Although growing a beard doesn’t involve too much effort – you can even do it in your sleep – maintaining one can be challenging if you don’t have any experience. You can either go to your barber once every two weeks or, if you don’t have that kind of money, learn how to take care of it yourself. A stylish beard doesn’t just happen – beard maintenance is a form of art, but you need your supplies and skills in order to paint a masterpiece.



How to Look After Your Beard

Patience Is a Virtue 

Like we mentioned, growing a beard isn’t very challenging. On the other hand, waiting for your beard to reach the desired length might drive you insane. You need to be patient – that’s the beard rule number one. Before you can maintain and style it, you first need to have something to work with. If you want to speed up the process, you can always start using creams or oils that encourage beard growth.

How to Look After Your Beard

Oil Is the Magic Touch 

What will help you the most in your endeavors to tame a wild beard is oil. What does beard oil do? Combined with combing on a daily basis, applying beard oil to your beard will enable you to smooth it out, make it softer, and get all those disobedient hairs into their place. You can also use a beard brush if you find that a comb is inefficient in your case. With constant use of beard oil, as well as regular washing and brushing, you’ll be able to shape your beard just the way you want it. 

Regular Washing is Necessary 

Having a beard adds a few new items to your hygiene routine. Considering the fact that a beard collects food particles, and that its growth disturbs the skin, you need to wash it regularly. If not, you will have to deal with highly unpleasant sensations, and have serious problems with scratching. Therefore, investing in a quality beard shampoo is a must. It’s also necessary that you select a gentle shampoo, like Ultra Soft Elite Beard Shampoo. Because it’s completely organic, you won’t have to deal with unwanted irritation. It also contains soothing elements that will enable you to gain control over your beard.

How to Look After Your Beard

Strive Towards Shape Consistency 

Before you start grooming, you need to decide on a shape, which isn’t a simple task – you have a wide range of options. However, it’s a necessary step. If you don’t select a shape, you don’t have a goal – that can make the trimming process highly problematic. So, know what you want in a beard, pick out a shape, and make sure that every part of the grooming process helps you achieve your goal. Once you’ve achieved this goal your beard will become one with your overall appearance and style, leaving questions such as ‘is going to a job interview with a beard a gamble’ behind you. 

Everyday Combing Routine 

It often happens that a man has serious difficulties gaining control over his beard. So, instead of looking like a well-groomed urban man (which isn’t that hard, even these famous historical drunks managed to maintain a stylish beard), they resemble a caveman. Your beard won’t become obedient on its own – it needs your close attention and care, which is why you need to calm it regularly.

How to Look After Your Beard

You Need a Quality Trimmer 

Manual trimming presents a problem even to long-term beard owners, as you need to possess plenty of skill to be able to do it properly. Besides, it’s time-consuming. You need a fast solution for a great beard, and that’s a proper trimmer. Pay attention to trimming extensions during your purchase; they come in different sizes, and you should choose them based on your beard shape.  

Your Mustache Needs Attention Too 

Your mustache is an important feature as well, so you shouldn’t neglect it. This is where manual trimming comes in – you need a sharp pair of scissors that will enable you to trim your nose hair and keep it neat. 

Your Nutrition Plays a Big Role 

If you’re struggling with growing a beard, chances are you’ve seriously neglected one thing – your nutrition. If you want to have a strong beard, it’s important that you eat enough proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins – B3, B5, and B6 to be precise. Therefore, make sure that your meals are properly balanced, and that they fit your beard goals.

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