Earth’s “Deep Biosphere” Thrives Beneath Our Feet

The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), composed of 1,000 scientists from 52 countries, studies the underground ecosystems between Earth’s surface and its core. In a recent statement, this has been referred to as “Deep Biosphere” as a “subterranean Galapagos” potentially filled with millions of undiscovered species. Despite darkness and harsh conditions, life has been found as far as three miles below the continental subsurface and six-and-a-half miles below the ocean’s surface. The …

Roughout Leather SHA-KA Jacket

$2525

Made in Japan from a buttery, premium-quality roughout leather, this SHA-KA jacket is a tie-close noragi-style garment with character and durability. The satin interior is adorned with a richly colored indigo tapestry that contrasts the camel-colored leather. Cut in a traditional style, but with inventive twists, this piece is bound to become an heirloom.

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K9 Cinemas Opens a Movie Theater For Dog Owners and Their Pets

With a big screen, comfy chairs and an easy-to-clean concrete floor, K9 Cinemas has opened in Plano, Texas. It’s a semi-permanent movie theater where pet owners can bring up to two dogs each for screenings, cuddling and nibbling on affordable snacks for both humans and canines. Classic films are slated rather than new releases—and dog records must be shown upon entry to make sure all …

Cling to the Italian Alps in This Prefabricated Shelter

Architects Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo have designed a spectacular bivouac shelter that now clings at an altitude of 3,290 meters in the Italian Alps. Produced in collaboration with LEAPfactory, the structure comes complete with storage for mountaineering equipment, a table for eight and an area for food preparation. Further, there’s a separate sleeping area that can also accommodate eight. It was dropped into place by helicopter and …

The Fastest Spacecraft Ever, NASA’s Parker Space Probe

The fastest manmade object ever, NASA’s Parker Space Probe, hurtled toward our Sun at 700,000 kilometers per hour. Its mission: to learn about particle and solar wind acceleration in the Sun’s corona, its shifting outer layer of plasma. It was launched in August 2018 and had to overcome many obstacles even before takeoff—including weight, size, and preparation for radiation and acute variation in temperature. Watch the “Science …

Anonymous Location Data Pinpoints People

You already know that your smartphone apps gather your location data and sell it. We’ve also all been told it’s anonymous—but as the New York Times reports, it’s so personal that while there’s no name attached, there is a life under a microscope for all to see. The Times reviewed data from over a million phones in the New York area. Their takeaways, conveyed beautifully …

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Lunar Calendar

$20

Featuring a reproduction of Katheren Belle’s hand-drawn ink graphics, this lunar calendar from Schoolhouse is an easy tool to the track the days of the year and the phases of the moon. Through vertical formatting, the calendar displays all 365 days at once, with clarity. All the while, it’s simply beautiful to look at.

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33-Year-Old Small Batch Single Malt Scotch

$3,545

One of the heart notes in Dewars Blended Scotch Whisky, Craigellachie provides that well-known tipple with some Speyside single malt sweetness. On its own, the whisky shines beyond expectation—and its 33-year-old iteration is one that should make collectors swoon. It’s limited to 1,700 bottles around the world though, so very few will get to try this superb spirit with notes of apple, vanilla and nutmeg.

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Tank Américaine Watch

$5750

An elongated variation on the classic Tank, Cartier’s Tank Américaine automatic watch has a slightly curved case and sits comfortably on the wrist. Its cohesive design—from the silvered dial within the steel case to the navy blue alligator skin strap neatly referencing the blue spinel crown and blued-steel hands—reflects the brand’s elegance. This geometric timepiece draws from Cartier’s extensive history but emphasizes the brand’s trailblazing into the future of watchmaking.  

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Baby Benny Cat

$48

Made in Denmark, OYOY’s cuddly Baby Benny Cat is part toy, part cushion. Thanks to its plush feel and 100% cotton outer (with a soft fiber filling), it can be snuggled with on the couch or taken along on adventures. Whether as a gift for kids or pets, Baby Benny is non-toxic and safe for all.

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Woman’s Hour: Don’t Speak

Both a return and a break-up announcement, “Don’t Speak” marks two milestones for UK band Woman’s Hour. Drawn from their forthcoming second (and final) album Ephyra, the track’s beauty lies in delicate melodies and dream-pop hypnotism. With choreography and performances by Anders Hayward and Ellis Saul in the music video, it’s a stunning reintroduction to a band that will leave listeners with much to love.

Masego: Favorite Tings

The multi-talented Masego has released a surprising single commissioned by Amazon. “Favorite Tings” is a sped-up, soulful rendition of The Sound of Music‘s “My Favorite Things.” The holiday-adjacent tune gets a saxophone solo, a bit of a drumbeat and Masego’s masterful voice. For the 25-year-old, the vintage stylings feel natural—something he further invokes in the music video. Dressed in red velvet, and surrounded by green velvet curtains, he …

We Live In Douglas Engelbart’s 1968 Vision of the Future

On 9 December 1968, Stanford Research Institute engineer Douglas Engelbart presented at a computer conference in San Francisco. Here, in what is now referred to as the “mother of all demos,” Engelbart asked “If in your office, you as an intellectual worker were supplied with a computer display, backed up by a computer that was alive for you all day, and was instantly responsible—responsive—to every action you had, how …

Fungi’s Many Life-Changing Uses

While there are 144,000 discovered species of fungi on the planet, there could be many more—millions more, in fact. But finding fungi and sorting out whether or not they contain any useful chemical compounds comes down to chance. The serendipity, scientists argue, is what led to great discoveries like penicillin—so hope for similar-level finds persists. Recent tests may have uncovered compounds that can help create …

The Ring Vegetable Brush

$5

Buying fresh, farm-grown produce is one thing; preparing your bounty with appropriate utensils is another. “The Ring” from Full Circle Home is exactly that: a bamboo ring (with an opening wide enough for two fingers) finished with a row of recycled plant fiber and recycled plastic bristles for cleaning vegetables. Also, the tool is coated with non-toxic materials and the bristles are BPA-free.

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Eau Triple Kiso Yuzu

$130

Free of alcohol and ethanol (like most perfumes) this delicate water-based fragrance is lively but not overpowering. With notes of yuzu, lemon, mint and Japanese laurel, it’s a citrusy scent with further layers of complexity. The bottle itself, with an ornately shape old-world top, is as elegant as the scent it houses. Price is in Euros.

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Cristalino Tequila

$65

For all its meticulous branding and thoughtful development, the greatest strength of Moët Hennessy’s first-ever tequila brand, Volcán De Mi Tierra, happens to be the flavor. Of the two debut products, the Cristalino remains our favorite. It’s an añejo, filtered through charcoal to remove all color, and the luscious vanilla, creamy caramel and toasted agave flavor profile will impress lovers of premium spirits.

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Precision Six-Piece Knife Set

$180

For those seeking a well-designed starter set or looking to replace some battered hand-me-downs, Edge of Belgravia’s Precision knife set meets the needs of both. The six-piece knife set includes bread, paring, deba, chef’s, cutting and filleting knives. They’ve all been designed by Christian Bird and produced in the UK. Each blade has been crafted from stainless steel and, as the name implies, these are about …

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Salt and Pepper Shakers

$229

These minimal salt and pepper shakers from Vipp are some of the best minimal accessories for any table or counter. Their audible grinding, an intentional design attribute, is inspired by the sound of a Franz Jäger safe. The ceramic grinder inside is durable, long-lasting and consistent—providing an ideal coarseness time after time. Price is in Danish krone.

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Amish Popcorn Library

$40

Packed inside this “Amish Popcorn Library” are 12 separately packaged varietals of corn grown in Indiana’s Amish country. Each four ounce bag is one serving—enough for a few light snackers or one hungry human. They’re non-GMO, tender and colorful alternatives to the industrialized kernels inside supermarket bags. And, you’re purchasing directly from a family farm when you buy a box—Brian Lehman’s to be exact.

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