Tesla Just Unveiled Their Semi-Truck and It is Way Cooler Than You Could’ve Possibly Imagined

Have you taken a look at the new Tesla Semi truck yet? If not, I recommend you do; it’s pretty damn impressive. If Tesla CEO Elon Musk is on the money, this product might change the way the trucking industry operates all over the world.

Musk unveiled the aerodynamic, all-electric truck recently in Los Angeles, and the crowd was wowed. The truck has a 500-mile range, but what is really revolutionary about the new semi is what is missing: there is no transmission, no clutch, and no large motor in the truck.

Musk guarantees that the groundbreaking semi will not break down for a million miles and that the brake pads will last forever. He also claims that the truck’s glass is “thermonuclear explosion-proof.” The trucks will charge at “Megachargers” where cargo can simultaneously be unloaded, and a 30-minute charge will add 400 miles worth of driving. The prototypes also feature tires that each have their own motors and can operate independently.

The truck’s battery is built into the chassis, hidden behind a frame that protects it. The cab, where truckers spend roughly 12 hours a day, has been redesigned to look like a small room, with the wheel in the centere of the dash. There is no passenger seat, but a small jump seat is located behind the driver.

A lot of space is saved because of the lack of a motor and transmission, giving the driver 7 feet of standing room. As of now, the semi curiously does not contain a sleeper cabin, but the company says they’re considering a model that includes one in the future. The cab also features touchscreens for the driver on either side of the steering wheel.

The Tesla semi has other advantages for long-haul truckers, including automatic emergency breaking, auto steering, and lane-departure warning. One additional feature useful for drivers is the jackknife prevention technology that applies torque to every wheel and activates all brakes independently when sensors detect a possible impending jackknife. Thats good news for all of us – if you’ve ever been stuck in a traffic jam, you know jackknifes are a major cause of highway backups.

Production on the Tesla semis is supposed to begin in 2019, and companies are already reserving their fleets. It will be interesting to see how quickly Elon Musk and Tesla get these bad boys on the road.



You’ve won the lottery. What 10 bikes do you run out and buy?

SURELY we all play the same game in our heads; your numbers come up and suddenly you’ve got more money than you know how to spend.

Of course a garage-full of bikes is going to be right up there on the must-buy list. Perhaps in second place, with the first being ‘buy a big garage’.

But then there’s that agonising decision: what bikes do you buy? Limiting ourselves to 10, we’ve come up with a dream garage of bikes that we’d actually want to buy, own and use. Perhaps it’s just us, but there’s no Brough Superior to be found here, nor any pure unobtanium like Honda’s RC166 six-cylinder racer. We’d like bikes that we could actually use and enjoy rather than ones that will eat up half our lottery win with a single engine failure.

These are the machines we’ve come up with. What would your dream garage consist of?

10: 1299 Superleggera

Yes, Ducati has just launched its new, all-singing, all-dancing Panigale V4 and we’ve got absolutely no doubt that it will be stunning. But the 1299 Superleggera was the ultimate evolution of the V-twin Panigale, and with the introduction of the Panigale V4, it will probably go down as the most exotic, expensive and capable two-cylinder superbike that anyone has ever made, or ever will make. A carbon frame, carbon wheels, 215hp Desmo twin and that slim Panigale shape that no four-cylinder can quite match makes it a combination that’s hard to beat.

9: BMW HP4 Race

There’s really no need to have the carbon-framed BMW HP4 Race alongside the similarly-made Superleggera in the garage. But they’d make a lovely pair. The BMW’s track-only intentions mean that it would be our go-to machine for track days. Yes, the engine needs to be replaced every 5000km, but even with some fairly serious track day use that total might take a couple of years to reach. And hey, we can afford to replace it when necessary, right?

8: Kawasaki H2R

We struggled a little more with the H2R. After all, we’ll be using the BMW for track days, so what use the non-road-legal, supercharged Kawasaki? Well we’re still not sure, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want a 310hp supercharged superbike in the garage. We’ll find a use for it. After all, how hard can it be to get it road-registered, really?

7: Honda NR750

So we’ve got a handful of insanely-fast superbikes in our garage already. So why do we want one that’s 25 years old, slow (in modern terms) and heavy? Well, because it’s an NR750. That mad, nearly-a-V8, oval-pistoned, 32-valve engine simply stands out as a high point for Honda. It showed a time when the firm really believed it could do anything, and was prepared to prove it, even if it cost them a fortune. With NRs changing hands for about £60k these days, it’s a drop in the ocean for our imaginary multi-millionaire selves, so why not have one in the collection?

6: Yamaha RZV500R

Well, we needed a two stroke, and the RZV500R was pretty much the ultimate incarnation of the era of four-cylinder, two-stroke GP replicas. While we got the RD500 over here, in Japan the RZV500R took the same engine and put it in a handmade aluminium frame with higher-spec suspension and less weight. Yes, there are many faster bikes and a late Aprilia RS250 is probably a swifter, better handling two-stroke. But this one has four cylinders, so there.

5: Honda RC30

Honda RC30

Why a Honda RC30? If you had any interest in racing as the 1980s turned into the 1990s then you probably aren’t asking that question. There’s simply no more legendary homologation special. Hugely successful, wonderful to look at and to ride – better, we’d argue, than the RC45 that replaced it – prices are going stratospheric these days. With no fuel injection, let alone traction control or riding modes, the RC30 might be the perfect analogue superbike.

4: BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar

Adventure bikes still rule the roost in terms of sales at the moment, and the appeal is clear to see. But the one that raises our pulse isn’t one of the new generation of incredibly fast, comfortable and capable mile-eaters. It’s the granddaddy of the whole breed – the R80G/S Paris Dakar. This is the bike that BMW’s latest R NineT Urban G/S is paying homage to, and while the new machine is without doubt in a different league when it comes to performance, handling, equipment or comfort, the original is the one we’d get the most pleasure from riding.

3: Yamaha R7

Sorry, it’s another limited edition, homologation-special sports bike. Actually, we’re not sorry. This is our list and the R7 earns its place here on the basis that it is one of the best-looking motorcycles ever devised. No, it doesn’t have a shelf full of world championship trophies or performance figures to top any ‘world’s fastest’ lists, but it’s another of those machines that many of us drooled over when it was new. We hoped that maybe prices would drop to attainable levels. That didn’t happen, so a fraction of our imaginary windfall would go to buying one.

2: Honda RC213V-S

The last couple of years have seen some astounding superbikes appear. Many of them – the 1299 Superleggera, HP4 Race and H2R, for instance – are on this list already. But the RC213V-S, despite being slower than any of the aforementioned machines, is the real jewel in the recent collection of race-bred bikes. Why? Because it’s derived directly from the RC213V GP racer, and even put together by the same people. Short of going and picking up a real ex-race bike (barely possible when it comes to Hondas), it’s the closest thing in existence to an RC-V that you can own. No money-no-object collection can be considered complete without one.

1: Ducati Desmosedici RR

The Ducati Desmosedici RR is a decade old now. Compared to the new Panigale V4 it will be slow, unsophisticated and expensive. But if our imaginary millions were in the bank right now, we’d definitely buy one nonetheless. Not to say that a Panigale V4 wouldn’t join it in future, but the new V4 isn’t available just yet and regardless how close its engine is to the current racer’s it doesn’t have that genuine Desmosedici styling that the Desmosedici RR offers.

Luxury Car Companies Building Yachts

There are some people who want to take their sports car with them on their yacht, and there others who want their yacht to be like their sports car. If you’re the latter, this list is for you.

Luxury car builders from Aston Martin to Bugatti, are venturing into the world of yachts, and with a clientele that can afford cars like the Bugatti Chiron at $2.9 million, sport yachts seem like a natural progression for these luxury brands.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin 37

Aston Martin 37

Carlo Borlenghi

Love cars? Love boats? Of course you do. The Aston Martin 37 should have any number of suitors who are looking for something sporty and a little bit different.

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Bugatti Niniette 66

Bugatti Niniette 66

Courtesy Palmer Johnson

Bugatti’s venture into the yacht industry was first announced with renderings of the Niniette in 2015. Now, we have the first yacht in the Niniette line, a 66-footer to look forward to.

offtheclothboff.com The Matching pair Bugatti Chiron Supercar and Super Yatcht.


Arrow 460 Granturismo

Arrow 460 Granturismo

Courtesy Mercedes-Benz

Named for the fabled Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows racing cars of the 1930s, the Arrow 460 Granturismofollowed the same design process that Mercedes-Benz Style uses to create its luxury automobiles.


Concept Speedboat by Jaguar Cars

Concept Speedboat by Jaguar Cars

Courtesy Jaguar

This concept sport yacht is described at “Seductive Design” by Jaguar Cars. She was designed to complement the Jaguar XF Sportbrake and she has a carbon fiber fin inspired by the Jaguar D-Type. Jaguar collaborated with Ivan Erdevicki Naval Architecture & Yacht Design Inc. and Seventy Seven Design to draw up the concept. Now, we wait to see if she comes to fruition.


Lexus, Lexus Sport Yacht, Motoryacht

Lexus Sport Yacht

Courtesy Lexus

Lexus stepped into the yacht-design world with its 42-foot Lexus Sport Yacht concept. A sleek, speedy, carbon-fiber vessel, this design takes Lexus luxury into new waters.

The fastest car ever made: Koenigsegg Agera RS smashed the record for the world’s fastest production car.

The world of cars has a new top trump after the Koenigsegg Agera RS smashed the record for the world’s fastest production car.

The Swedish car maker snatched the crown off French powerhouse Bugatti on Saturday with two blistering speed runs down a highway in Nevada.

The Agera RS clocked an average speed of 277.9mph over the two runs, easily beating the 2010 record of 267.8mph that was set by a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

Behind the wheels of breaking speed record in a production car
Koenigsegg has claimed the title of fastest production car in the world after this Agera RS averaged a top speed of 277.9mph over two runs down a public highway in Nevada

Koenigsegg has claimed the title of fastest production car in the world after this Agera RS averaged a top speed of 277.9mph over two runs down a public highway in Nevada

On the first run the Koenigsegg topped the old record with a speed of 271.2mph despite battling a slight incline and oncoming winds

On the first run the Koenigsegg topped the old record with a speed of 271.2mph despite battling a slight incline and oncoming winds

On its first run the Koenigsegg registered a top speed of 271.2mph, beating the Veyron even while battling an incline and oncoming winds.

During the second run – going slightly downhill and with a favourable tailwind – the car clocked a top speed of 284.5mph, the fastest a production car has ever gone.

That record had been held by a Hennessey Venom GT which was recorded at 270.5mph in 2014.

Hennessey failed to take the speed record, however, because the car only completed one run and the title-holder is required to make two runs down the same stretch of tarmac in opposite directions.

On the second run, going slightly downhill and with a favourable tailwind, the Koenigsegg hit 284.5mph - which is the fastest a production car has ever gone

On the second run, going slightly downhill and with a favourable tailwind, the Koenigsegg hit 284.5mph – which is the fastest a production car has ever gone

The car completed the runs down a stretch of Highway 160 in Nevada which runs between Las Vegas and the town of Pahrump

The car completed the runs down a stretch of Highway 160 in Nevada which runs between Las Vegas and the town of Pahrump

Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja said the only thing that worried him about the stunt were the tyres – which are only guaranteed by Michelin up to 186mph

The record is then an average of both speeds, to negate the effect of things like incline and wind speed.

Koenigsegg’s record is particularly impressive because it was completed not only in a production car, but down a section of public highway using ‘standard’ tyres.

The owner of the Agera had used his connection in the film industry to convince Nevada authorities to shut down an 11-mile stretch of Highway 106, which runs between Las Vegas and the town of Pahrump, Top Gear reports.

The test was then carried out using Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres which are the tyres the Koenigsegg is sold with and are authorised for use on the road.

Koenigsegg now hopes to prove their car is also the fastest around corners, raising the prospect of a run at Germany's Nurburgring

Koenigsegg now hopes to prove their car is also the fastest around corners, raising the prospect of a run at Germany’s Nurburgring

The previous record was held by French car maker Bugatti which set a benchmark of 267.8mph back in 2010 with a Veyron Super Sport (pictured)

The previous record was held by French car maker Bugatti which set a benchmark of 267.8mph back in 2010 with a Veyron Super Sport (pictured)

Worryingly they are only guaranteed by Michelin up to 186mph, though Koenigsegg engineers were confident they would survive an extra 100mph on top of that.

Factory driver Niklas Lilja, who completed the run, said: ‘I wasn’t nervous. The only hesitation was over the tyres, as you always know that something could happen.

‘Driving the road at 100mph, it was very quiet and smooth. But at 280mph plus, it’s really quite bumpy.’

Asked what was next for the car, he added: ‘Of course we want to prove it’s quicker than anything else in the corners too.’


 Get Wild With The Mantis Trailer

Last week we covered a great little teardrop trailer, and it got us looking into the different versions of what I like to call ‘ the cars best friend’ that are out currently out there on the market. We found ourselves wishing for an off-grid trailer that looked great but could cope with some serious (and we mean serious) adventuring . Then we found the Mantis, and all of our prayers were answered.

Here it is, the Mantis Adventure Camper from TAXA Outdoors. With its cool steel exterior, Praying Mantis logo and distinctive orange pop top it certainly looks like the adventure camper that we’ve been dreaming of.

The Mantis Trailer is ultra-lightweight (it weighs under 2,300 pounds, which means it won’t guzzle your petrol) and measures 18-feet-long! TAXA also say that there’s enough room to comfortably sleep four adults (or three and one dog if the picture above is anything to go by!)Mantis Trailer - Outside 2

First impressions are that theres definitely plenty of room to live comfortably in it without feeling cramped. It’s might not be as homely as the teardrop we covered, but inside it packs a punch with its space saving ideas.

What’s Inside

Mantis Trailer - Inside

Well we’ve already mentioned the pop top, which means that you can stand up and move around without having to pretend you’re Gollum. For me thats a must in any van or trailer!

There is also a queen-sized bed for two adults, which can be converted to a couch, as well as two adult-sized bunk beds at the trailer front. Other nifty features include integrated plumbing and electrical system, a wet bath, fully-equipped kitchen, plenty of storage space, as well as a Thule cargo deck and rack on the roof.

Mantis Trailer - Bunk beds

Mantis Trailer - Wet Room

Just past our lovely assistant there is the wet room. Now I think this is pretty cool and a great use of storage. You’ve got your toilet and shower area in a box that comes up to waist height, with a flip down lid that probably turns into an extra ten beds or eighteen chairs. The Mantis Trailer really does makes the most of every inch of space.

Final Thoughts…

It’s clean, it’s as rugged as Tom Sellick’s moustache, and its as light as a trailer sized feather. All in all an awesome bit of kit. I found one online for just over £24k, which considering how much space you have and the amenities include inside is pretty good value.

What’s more, with all that space you can crack out your best Yoga moves. Now if I can just figure out how to remove my leg from around my neck I can work on the Praying Mantis pose….

14 Men’s Grooming Habits That Women Hate

Here’s the thing. From a female’s perspective, male grooming tends to come in wild extremes. There’s the guy who uses a dried-out bar of soap on his face every few days (or at least on special occasions, anyway). And then there’s the guy who forces you to keep a padlock on your bathroom cabinet to stop him pinching your expensive moisturizer (“Yes, it really is £115 for that pot and oh my god you have a £30-worth dollop in your hands right now”).
We can’t decide which one is more annoying, but what we do know is that the preener is on the rise. Men are spending more time and money on grooming than ever before, with the industry set to hit $60.7bn (£44.8bn) by 2020, according to Euromonitor.
Groom too much and we get bathroom angst. Groom too little and we complain that you smell like a post-match changing room. To avoid getting up your other half’s nose (in every sense), these are the grooming habits that irk women the most and how to fix them, pronto.

The Reality TV Tan

We’ve all been a failed faker at some point – so trust us, we can spot the signs. Reaching for the bottle isn’t the problem here (according to tanning brand Fake Bake, half of all men do), but verging into satsuma territory and leaving tidemarks on your tees (and our bedsheets) is where we draw the line.
“The best fake tan looks real,” says Jules Von Hep, global tanning director for Tan Luxe. “Self-tan should not make you look like David Dickinson. Nor should it be detectable.”
Orange palms aside (come on guys, use a mitt), one of the biggest giveaways is stubble stainage. “At-home tans are thicker and therefore stick to hair,” says celebrity spray tanner James Harknet, who counts David Gandy as one of his clients. “To avoid this, put a small amount of Vaseline on the hair before applying the tan, then brush away any residue with a beard brush after.”

Preening Below The Belt

So prevalent is manscaping right now that there are even names for different styles of ‘tidying’ down there (tip: don’t Google ‘Boyzillian’). According to men’s grooming brand Men-ü, around 40 per cent of under 35s regularly shave/trim their sensitive areas, but joining the zero-to-barely-there pube club could be more of a turn-off than a turn-on.
“The manscaping arena has advanced way beyond taking a razor into the shower with you,” says Glamour magazine’s Gemma Askham. “There are now male-focused waxes, pube oils and levels of trimming beyond the all-off approach.”
We fully appreciate the deforestation efforts, we really do, but unless you learn to do so without us having to see wiry stubble regrowth or a yam bag with a rash, leave the freshly waxed nether regions at the door, please.

Scent Overload

Sorry to break it to you, but those body spray ads lied to you. It’s not possible to gas a woman into following you home from the no.22 bus stop (particularly asthmatic ones). Avoid death by eau de toilette by rationing your spritzing game so your date can breathe.
“Always make sure you’re wearing the fragrance, not the other way around,” says Lewis Peacock from cosmetics giant Coty, which manufactures for the likes of Calvin Klein and Davidoff. “Three or four good sprays is a good marker and should last all day.”
It’s also worth adjusting the type of scent you wear to the occasion, too. Heading for dinner? Peacock recommends swapping ouds and other heavy musks for a more subtle floral fragrance, scenting only your clothes or a scarf.

Sandpaper Skin

Newsflash: moisturising on Christmas, birthdays and the first day of football season is not enough to keep your skin in check. Nobody likes a bathroom hogger, but daily moisturising with a built-in SPF to fight the damaging effects of UV rays keeps rough-as-velcro faces at bay.
“I’m consistently amazed by how many men use harsh soap on their face and fail to moisturize. Hello dry, red and irritated skin,” says Dr Justine Hextall, a consultant dermatologist at The Harley Medical Group. “Men tend to dislike any sticky residue on their skin, so I often recommend lotions that absorb easily to leave skin smooth, but not greasy.”
Of course, using the wrong moisturiser (i.e. ours) is almost as bad as using none at all. So take time to seek out a face-saving solution that’s tailored to your skin type.

An Overly Attentive Brow Game

Nothing gives a woman rage like a boy who has a better brow game than her. It’s taken us years to get these arches on point, so we don’t need any extra competition from the 45 per cent of men who regularly take to trimming their eyebrows, according to Men-ü.
“Sculpt abs, not brows,” says eyebrow guru Nilam Holmes. “An over-plucked, over-pencilled brow really just stops being a man brow.” That’s not to say they should be left to grow into a dense forest thicket. “If you need to tweak, splitting a monobrow into two separate brows is a good start – but only a small gap no wider than your thumb.”
Kicking rogue hairs that extend beyond the natural browline into touch (either by tweezing or getting in the chair from some threading) is also advisable, but stop short of attempting to alter the shape. No, it won’t make your eyes ‘pop’.

Furry Backs

Body hair is as divisive among women as Marmite on toast. Some love a smooth torso, others prefer it furry, but a hairy back is where every girl draws the line.
Even if you only have a few stray hairs rather than a full shag pile carpet going on back there, choose your weapon (laser, wax, scythe) and get it sorted.
“Back waxing is probably the least painful body part for a guy,” reassures Kim Lawless aka The Wax Queen. “It should keep you super-smooth for a couple of weeks. Some guys use hair dissolving creams, but it’s similar to shaving in that it can grow back stubbly – and quickly. Not a hit with the chicks (swipe left).”

Wizard Beards

There’s only one guy with an overgrown beard that women welcome with open arms and that’s Santa Claus. The least favourite facial hair among women according to a MyAesthetics survey, the Gandalf look is one that needs to get the chop.
“Every beard needs consistent maintenance to keep whiskers in check,” says Tom Chapman, founder of suicide awareness group The Lions Barber Collective and ambassador of grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge.
As well as visiting your barber at least once every six weeks to keep your beard length on-point, Chapman advises regular at-home upkeep. “You don’t need to wash a beard too often – maybe once a week – and don’t be afraid to condition it too.”

Overgrown Nails

There are a handful things that women will always, always secretly check out on a guy: 1) his shoes and 2) his nails. If we bolt in the other direction, check that yours aren’t so overgrown that they could rival Rihanna’s acrylics. Ick.
“Nobody likes to see a man with grubby or unkempt nails,” says podiatrist Margaret Dabbs. “Keep your nails neatly clipped, short and clean, and invest in a good quality crystal nail file to neaten when needed.”
And this doesn’t just apply to your hands, those hooves need to be kept handsome too. “But be careful not to go too short on toenails, as this can lead to problems like ingrown nails. Always cut or file the nail straight across and soften the edges if you need to,” adds Dabbs.

A Carpet Of Beard Trimmings

Up there with peeing on the seat, wayward beard trimmings are every women’s (recurring) worst bathroom enemy. The zen of brushing your teeth at a sparkling white sink is instantly lost when it looks like you’ve had a scrap with a tub of iron filings. And lost.
“It’s a given that when trimming facial hair, you’re going to need to clean up afterwards – not just the sink but the appliance,” says Panasonic grooming category manager Ian Griffiths. “If your beard trimmer or shaver is waterproof, one way to avoid the mess is to take the entire process into the shower.”
If you’re convinced your eagled-eyed other half will spot a rogue whisker on the grouting, consider investing in a new piece of kit that mitigates the risk. Panasonic’s ES-LV95 model features a self-cleaning function, while the Philips Beardtrimmer series 7000 comes packing a built-in vacuum.

The Combover

We understand that losing your hair is a sore point, but given the choice we will always take a manly Jason Statham head over a trying-to-disguise-a-bald-bit combover. Because nobody should ever have to share a hairstyle with Donald Trump.
“A good haircut will not require a combover,” says Hughes from Men-ü. “If going thin on top, a cut using square layering to the side to build a corner, leaving length on top, will shift the focus. If it’s a strategic trim or re-style, we encourage men to have a cut rather than use clippers.”
If styling out your strands doesn’t work, consider embracing the bald. It worked for The Rock, and who doesn’t want to be like The Rock?

Stealing Our Products

There’s a special place in the Inferno (in the corner, right next to a radiator) reserved for guys who comment on how much we women spend on products, then spend the rest of the month using them.
Not only do you smell like a strawberry shortcake (not cute), you’re also probably doing more harm than good. “When guys steal female products, they often aren’t thinking about the intended use,” says Jaymarie Winkler from award-winning barbers Ruffians. “Take shampoo, for example: if you have thick hair, the last thing you want to do is slather on a thickening treatment.”
The same goes for other products. Men’s skin is around 25 per cent thicker than women’s, so our exfoliator will probably do sweet FA to your face. To put it nicely: treat yourself to some grooming products that will benefit your regime. To put it bluntly: cut it out, or we’ll start filling a decoy shampoo with hair removal cream.

Body Odor

Sweat dripping down a ripped torso in fashion campaigns really gets us going. But skip the morning shower and it’ll mix with the bacteria that clings to body hair to create an unholy waft that’s a total deal-breaker.
“There’s sometimes a genetic link to excessive sweating but you help combat B.O with a good routine,” says Dr Dawn Harper from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies. “Use a pH-balanced shower gel (heavily perfumed products can alter the skin’s pH and make the problem worse), wear an aluminium-based deodorant to help reduce sweating, and finally, stick to loose-fitting natural fibres.”
As well as waving goodbye to that skin-tight, acrylic rollneck, consider wearing a breathable cotton T-shirt under your work shirt (heather grey works best) and keep a spare in your desk drawer along with a fresh pair of socks.

Frozen Faces

Cosmetic surgery, whether for medical or aesthetic reasons, is a decision that every man must make on his own merits. But it’s a lot like tanning (just, you know, with a lot sharper objects) in that it looks better done subtly.
To save going OTT with the Harley Street-inspired tweaks, aim to keep your expression crinkles and laughter lines, says cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Mervyn Patterson. “Weird elevations of the brows can be a sure-fire indicator that Botox hasn’t been done correctly for the male face. It’s important guys seek out skilled practitioners who are experienced in treating men so that any improvements are under the radar. It should be ‘You look well’, not ‘What have you had done?!’.”
Plus, secretly we like seeing your furrowed brow when we tell you off about those beard trimmings (again).

Taking Up The Whole Bathroom

We get it; you’ve discovered the grooming aisle at the supermarket, but you didn’t have to bring the entire thing home with you. Do you even know what a toner does? And what could you possibly need three trimmers for? Actually, don’t tell us.
“These days it’s not uncommon for men to have the same amount of products as women when you add up shaving kit, hair products and the different lotions marketed for day and night,” says Winkler, “but everything should be fit for purpose.”
That means only buying products that are right for you (not because they’re in a cool bottle) and throwing away anything that isn’t (yes, even if it is in a cool bottle).

Can Magic mushrooms ‘reset’ a depressed brain?

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A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can “reset” the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest.

The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin.

Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity that lasted about five weeks.

However, the team at Imperial College London says people should not self-medicate.

There has been a series of small studies suggesting psilocybin could have a role in depression by acting as a “lubricant for the mind” that allows people to escape a cycle of depressive symptoms.

But the precise impact it might be having on brain activity was not known.

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The team at Imperial performed fMRI brain scans before treatment with psilocybin and then the day after (when the patients were “sober” again).

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed psilocybin affected two key areas of the brain.

  • The amygdala – which is heavily involved in how we process emotions such as fear and anxiety – became less active. The greater the reduction, the greater the improvement in reported symptoms.
  • The default-mode network – a collaboration of different brain regions – became more stable after taking psilocybin.

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial, said the depressed brain was being “clammed up” and the psychedelic experience “reset” it.

He told the BBC News website: “Patients were very ready to use this analogy. Without any priming they would say, ‘I’ve been reset, reborn, rebooted’, and one patient said his brain had been defragged and cleaned up.”

However, this remains a small study and had no “control” group of healthy people with whom to compare the brain scans.

Further, larger studies are still needed before psilocybin could be accepted as a treatment for depression.

However, there is no doubt new approaches to treatment are desperately needed.

Prof Mitul Mehta, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, said: “What is impressive about these preliminary findings is that brain changes occurred in the networks we know are involved in depression, after just a single dose of psilocybin.

“This provides a clear rationale to now look at the longer-term mechanisms in controlled studies.”