Category Archives: ecology

The special skills power couples cultivate

There’s no question that George Clooney is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. But it wasn’t until he teamed up with Amal Alamuddin, a barrister specialising in public international law and human rights who has represented high-profile clients like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that he suddenly made up one half of another status all together – that of the power couple.

Power couples – those in a relationship who strive for success in their field while supporting each other’s ambitions – come in many different forms. It’s obviously not necessary that both have careers, but research shows that if you are coupled up these days, there’s a good chance both you and your partner are in paid work.

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London may have found a radical solution for its housing crisis—building new homes on roofs

London may have found a radical solution for its housing crisis—building new homes on roofs.

Britain’s capital could benefit from 41,000 new homes if it developed properties on unused rooftops, adding a potential 28 million square feet of real-estate to its two most central zones, according to research from Knight Frank, a global property consultancy firm.

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Rare frilled shark with unusual teeth and ‘snake-like’ head found off Portugal’s coast

A little-known frilled shark has been found off the Algarve coast in Portugal by scientists, who were conducting research on minimising unwanted catches in European fisheries.

It’s a rare discovery given the depths in which the shark Chlamydoselachus anguineus is found, living 500 to 1,000 meters below the sea. In this case, the shark was caught at a depth of 700 meters.

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How Robert De Niro Convinced Nobu to Build a Restaurant Empire

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is the culinary world’s Madonna — he’s most widely known by his first name only. After emigrating to the U.S. from Japan in the late ’70s, Nobu built a high-end sushi empire that’s unparalleled; it now encompasses more than three dozen restaurants across the globe, from Malibu to Manila, Beijing to Budapest.

Nobu began his career as a restaurateur in Peru, where he first established the Japanese fusion cuisine that he’s become known for worldwide. But it wasn’t until he moved to L.A. and opened up his eponymous restaurant, Matsuhisa, in 1987 that he struck culinary gold: It quickly became a celebrity hot spot and attracted the attention of silver-screen legend Robert De Niro, who would go on to become one of Nobu’s business partners.

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Unemployed Romanian man who went out drinking at his village pub ‘woke up 1,675 miles away in London after betting his friends he could get a job’

  • Mihai Danciu went drinking with his friends in the Romanian village of Albesti
  • He is currently unemployed and made a bet with them that he could find a job  
  • He then woke up in London and has no idea of how he made the 1,675 mile trip 
  • Romanian nurse said he had been drinking and was amazed to be in the capital

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Surf resorts with five-star élan

Liveaboard yachts and back-of-beyond lodges, ultra-exclusive resorts and the remotest mid-Pacific atolls – the footloose appeal of the surfing lifestyle is driving luxury travel purveyors well past thread counts and butlers into some very interesting new territory, says Maria Shollenbarger

About half an hour’s speedboat ride northeast of the Maldivian capital of Malé is a surf break known as Sultans. It rolls out off the southern tip of the island of Thanburudhoo, in warm, clear blue-green tubes over a not-too-shallow reef. For much of the northern-hemisphere summer, it draws devotees from as far away as South Africa, Brazil, Florida and Australia. It’s one of this island nation’s most storied attractions – which, if you don’t surf, you’ve likely never heard of.

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Your Next Slope Sweater Should Come from Peruvian Alpaca Llamas

Every once in a while Kickstarter comes through with a product that literally anyone can get behind. Paka , the alpaca wool sweater knitted in Peru, is one of those products.

While taking a year to work and travel through South America, Paka founder Kris Cody came across a beautiful alpaca wool sweater, hand-woven by a grandmother high in the Peruvian Andes, that he bought and brought back with him to the U.S. Every time he would wear the sweater out, Cody says, “People would come up to me and ask where it was from — where they could get one.

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