Test Drive: 2023 Ford Mustang Mach 1

A robust vehicle that keeps the driver engaged

Scientists Create Plants That Emit Light

Led by Pavlo Gordiichuk, engineers at MIT have devised a way for plants to emit rechargeable light. The research around this concept stems from an emerging field called “plant nanobionics,” which explores the power of plants when modified with nanoparticles. To create the plant-based lighting, researchers assembled a capacitor (the part of an electrical circuit that stores electricity) to hold light and gradually release it …

Weekly Pill Case


A great way to store medications, vitamins and supplements, the Weekly Pill Case from Ikigai is a sophisticated vessel that can help users keep organized. Especially useful for those who travel frequently, the aluminum case is durable, minimal and can be engraved for personalization.


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The Brooklyn Public Library’s Nationwide Library Card to Access Banned Books

For a limited time, the Brooklyn Public Library is offering a free electronic library card to any person ages 13 to 21, anywhere in the US. This move, which grants access to 500,000 digital works (including an array of books banned in certain states, like Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird) is an attempt to combat …

Pelican Cargo Is the Largest, Autonomous Electric Cargo Plane

From California-based aviation startup Pyka comes the world’s largest, autonomous electric cargo plane, Pelican Cargo. Capable of carrying a payload of 400 pounds in 60 cubic feet of cargo volume, the plane has a range of up to 200 miles and is powered by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack, four 25kW electric motors and triple redundant batteries. Its autonomy is guided by six processors, two …

Elephants Contribute to the Fight Against Climate Change

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that elephants—some of the last remaining megaherbivores in rainforests—are crucial to protecting the planet. Analyzing the animals’ feeding habits in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo and LuiKotale, researchers discerned that elephants are picky eaters whose choices aid the capture of carbon. They tend to opt for leaves from …

1.2 Million-Year-Old Workshop Reveals Early Humans Were Skilled Crafters Earlier Than Believed

In Melka Kunture, Ethiopia, researchers found 575 obsidian hand-axes that are 1.2 million years old and believed to have come from a dedicated workshop. The discovery means that hominins (early humans and ancestors) may have been skilled craftspeople capable of working with obsidian some 500,000 years earlier than scientists believed. A volcanic glass that is fragile and sharp, obsidian requires a certain level of skill to …

Mister Paradise’s Clever New Cocktail Menu

A milk punch riff inspired by John Travolta and Nicholas Cage, amaro shots worth savoring and so much more


The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Dream AI Art App


Created by Canadian artificial intelligence company WOMBO, Dream is an AI-powered app that converts text to painted art when given a prompt and preferred style. Available on iOS with a monthly subscription starting at $5, the intuitive algorithm explores AI’s ability to bring words to life.


Rabbit Hole Wallet


From the playful, sex-positive brand Carne Bollente, the Rabbit Hole wallet (made from polyurethane) features an embroidered design of two copulating bunnies on one side. With a zip closure and a card slot, the wallet also has room for some cash and small valuables inside.


Oversized Bath Sheet


Made in Portugal, this Oversized Bath Sheet stems from a limited edition collaboration between French fashion brand Jacquemus and Copenhagen-based textiles company Tekla. With contrasting brown and blue striped color schemes on 100% organic heavyweight cotton, the towel looks striking while feeling plush, warm and absorbent.


Stala Candle


Composed of rounded peaks and valleys, Ferm Living’s Stala Candle has a soft and organic form that morphs into endless silhouettes as it melts. Measuring around 24cm in length and 15cm wide, the wax candle is both elegant and genial.


The Album Leaf and Bat For Lashes: Near

Album Leaf (LA-based artist Jimmy LaValle’s ambient-leaning project) teams up with Bat For Lashes (aka singer-songwriter, musician and producer Natasha Khan) on the enchanting “Near.” The luminescent, layered track will appear on Future Falling (out 5 May), LaValle’s first album in seven years, which will also feature Kimbra. He says in a statement that the process of making “Near” with Khan was organic: “I had …

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Layla

Following “I Killed Captain Cook,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released “Layla”—both tracks from the highly anticipated upcoming double album, V (out 17 March). Frontman Ruban Nielson, who is of Hawaiian and Maori heritage, says the sound was inspired by “the rich traditions of West Coast AOR, classic hits, weirdo pop and Hawaiian Hapa-haole music.”

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Patrón El Alto Ventures into the Prestige Market

This recently released barrel-aged tequila is aimed at collectors

FUKU Jacket


FUKU is a kimono-style garment, lined with a soft fleece for extra warmth and comfort. From the Japanese brand Prospective Flow, the traditional jacket (with roomy pockets and a single button closure) is relaxed but imbued with sophistication.


Lucinda Chua: Echo

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Chua announces her debut album, Yian (meaning swallow in Chinese, paying homage to her Chinese heritage), with the enchanting “Echo.” A minimal, haunting piano ballad, the track comes accompanied by a Jade Ang Jackman-directed video for which Chua worked with movement director Chantel Foo. The London-based artist says it’s “a pop song about ancestral trauma,” and its minimal but powerful lyrics illustrate pain, defiance …

Jana Horn: After All This Time

Jana Horn’s upcoming album, The Window Is The Dream, is set for release in April and from it comes the lead single, “After All This Time.” Horn’s featherweight vocals float over the track’s soft percussion, gentle cello and guitar. The album “began as a failed program,” says the Texas-based artist in a statement. “I wrote these songs in the thick of a writing program. I was reading …

Esukolaal: Bapaalaay (Friendship)

Released by Smithsonian Folkways (the Smithsonian Institution’s non-profit record label), the Senegalese ekonting track “Bapaalay (Friendship),” by the band Esukolaa, will appear on the forthcoming album Ears of the People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal and The Gambi (out 4 February). The band includes Elisa Diedhiou—one of only a few women who play the ekonting, which is a musical ancestor to the banjo. The melodic track …

14 Megapixels

Phil Askey reviews the new 14 Mega Pixel (Wow!) digital SLR from Kodak (and Nikon). The DCS Pro 14n is available now, but in limited quantities.The introduction to Phil’s Article: Kodak announced the DCS-14n at Photokina in September 2002, it marked the first Kodak Professional digital SLR since the DCS 720x in June 2001 (15 months). The DCS-14n generated a lot of interest for several …

Marc Newson Mobile

A Marc Newson designed mobile phone, the Talby, made its debut recently at a Japanese trade show . The design is aesthetically forward and fun, but I question how usable the product will be. A recent ZD Net Japan article gives the review (if you don’t speak Japanese there are still some good pictures).

The New BMW 5 Series

BMW has released some pictures of the new 5 Series. It’s way hot. From the above linked site you can enter a contest to go to Germany and be one of the first people to drive one.