DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers make their own face masks | AFP

Faced with shortages amid the COVID-19 outbreak, some Hong Kongers are making their own face masks, from starting their own factory production line to churning out coverings on street-side sewing machines.

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DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers make their own face masks | AFP

Faced with shortages amid the COVID-19 outbreak, some Hong Kongers are making their own face masks, from starting their own factory production line to churning out coverings on street-side sewing machines.

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Body work: Russia’s ‘biohackers’ push boundaries | AFP

Gripping a scalpel, Vladislav Zaitsev makes an incision in the fold of skin between his client’s thumb and index finger and pushes in a small glass cylinder. Alexei Rautkin, a 24-year-old programmer in a hoodie, is having a chip inserted in his hand so he can open the door to his office without swiping a card. Rautkin and Zaitsev are among a growing number of Russians interested in biohacking, a global movement whose followers seek to “upgrade” their bodies with experimental technology and DIY health fixes that began in Silicon Valley at the start of the last decade. For some, the lifestyle trend involves implanting technology under their skin. For others — mainly wealthy Russians — the quest is to live longer, which they hope to do through intensive monitoring of their bodies, taking vast quantities of supplements or extreme exercise. Although it’s unclear how many biohackers there are in Russia, the movement is spreading, with social media forums, conferences and businesses springing up to cater to their needs.

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Hong Kong student protesters test DIY catapult | AFP

Hong Kong students are using a novel arsenal of weapons to defend themselves and attack police, from bow and arrows looted from sports departments to giant makeshift catapults. IMAGES

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South Africa’s DIY diamond miners emerge from the shadows

Grandmother Clara Maitse, 77, has been arrested seven times over the past decade for illegally mining precious stones in Kimberley, South Africa’s diamond hub. Her defiant patience has paid off and small-scale mining, an industry that employs many thousands of people, has now been decriminalised for the first time under a permit system.

The Nollywood Acting Style: VICE on HBO

Nigeria’s film business is booming. Nollywood has quickly grown into a $3 billion industry and is now the second biggest Ollywood on the planet behind only Bollywood. Hollywood is third.

VICE correspondent Thomas Morton explores the explosive productivity of Nigerian cinema, from DIY horror movies to big budget blockbusters, by becoming a Nollywood actor himself.
“Nollywood” airs on HBO Friday, April 21 at 11pm.

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Trex – Raptor

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Released 20th February 2017.

Mac II Recordings originated during the golden era of drum & bass. After the notorious London record shop De-Underground Records stopped trading, Randall and Coolhand Flex wanted to keep the DIY spirit alive. Bringing together their A&R might, the two producers sought after artists who shared the same ethos. One of these artists is Trex, a long-time drum & bass fanatic from Camden who’s received a huge amount of support from the biggest players in the scene. Whether that’s Ram head honcho Andy C, or tastemakers Bailey or Grooverider, he’s been working steadily in the studio for a period of years, chiselling a name for himself amongst the generations of music lovers who would have once been the customers at De-Underground Records.

The forthcoming EP from Trex is a four-track package which features a host of punchy, aggressive rollers which show no mercy on their listener. Trex doesn’t bow to any commercial standards and delivers piece after piece of a nasty, sonic artwork. The ‘Treatment’ EP begins with ‘Raptor’, a track which surges with energy but is still understated in the way it creeps up on its listener. Filled out with clattering percussion and pitched up frequencies, Trex proves why he’s garnered so much support from a whole range of high-profile DJs.

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‘Men are still boys’: Belarussian handyman builds DIY replica of Soviet T-60 tank

Belarusian native showcased his non-tactical light T-60 tank, a WWII replica that he personally assembled, in his home village of Machulishi, Belarus.

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