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Scout Quadcopter Set For First Fully-Autonomous Drone Flight

The USA’s Federal Aviation Administration has approved Marlborough, MA-based American Robotics’ fully-autonomous drone for flight this week, a first-ever for the aviation industry. When the drone (the brand’s Scout Quadcopter) takes off, it will reach a maximum altitude of 400 feet (out of the line of sight) and fly exclusively over rural areas. A remotely located pilot will stand by as back-up and will be …

Jaeger-LeCoultre: Reverso Book

$195

Coinciding with this year’s 90th anniversary of the iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Assouline’s 200-page hardcover tome celebrates the wristwatch’s origins, distinct design development, global reception and cultural influence. Author and historian Nicholas Foulkes penned the text, which accompanies 150 images—both archival and original—that highlight more than 50 Reverso calibers (with several hundred dial variations, too). Fans of the timepiece, and horology, will delight.

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Beeper Unifies 15 Chat Services Through One Inbox

If you’re plagued by reliance on numerous messenger apps—bouncing from WhatsApp to Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Telegram, Discord and more—Beeper is a new singular inbox solution developed by the founder of the wearable device Pebble. The smart inbox unifies 15 services—all of the aforementioned, along with Signal, Twitter, Slack, Hangouts, Instagram and others—in one app. It’s currently rolling out to a waitlist and it won’t be …

ONA Becomes the First Vegan Restaurant in France to Earn a Michelin Star

In the town of Arès, France—not far from Bordeaux—the vegan restaurant Origine Non-Animale (ONA) struggled to gain funding before opening in 2016, but persevered thanks to chef Claire Vallée’s determination. Vallée, who used crowdfunding and a loan from an ethics-oriented bank, has now received a Michelin star for her menu at ONA—making it the first vegan restaurant in France to achieve such an honor, as …

Eye Care in the Digital Age

Staring at a screen, especially for extended periods of time, can come at quite the cost: squinting (a reaction to both impaired vision and bright lights) causes wrinkles and blue light (from the sun and our screens) can cause photoaging, skin laxity (the deterioration of collagen and elastin) and hyperpigmentation (brown spots). Blurred vision is another symptom of excessive blue light exposure, and can occur …

Unearthed Treasures From Tyrant Caligula’s Garden of Delights

First-century tyrant Caligula used a magical estate and its accompanying garden as a retreat during his four-year reign. (He was also assassinated there.) On the outskirts of Rome, on Esquiline Hill, Caligula housed imported animals and oddities, oversaw the construction of an exquisite botanical complex and leveraged his wealth. Scholars believed that when he died, his estate was likely pillaged and the belongings unlikely to …

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A first-ever for Michelin, a fully-autonomous drone, the effects of blue light on your skin and more

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Origami Dripper M

$32

The ceramic Origami Dripper M features 20 ribs to maximize airflow and increase flavor in pour over coffee. Made from porcelain, the dripper boasts high thermal conductivity, which makes it ideal for maintaining high temperatures as steam separates from hot water. The shape of the structure also slows water absorption into the ground beans. The Origami Dripper M is also dishwasher and microwave safe and …

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Resident Dog (Volume Two): Incredible Homes and the Dogs Who Live There

$33

Photographer Nicole England’s Resident Dog (Volume Two): Incredible Homes and the Dogs Who Live There continues her endeavor to photograph stunning houses and the pooches who live within. Born the moment England recognized that her favorite architecture shoots involved dogs, the project—first on Instagram and then as a hardcover book—juxtaposes striking design with playful pups in ways that will please fans of both. Accompanied by …

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Tie-Dye Proof T-Shirt

$30

Cowgirl’s Tie-Dye Proof T-Shirt playfully pokes fun at the tie-dye craze by implying their simple, black-hued top is impossible to alter. “Tie-Dye Proof Product Technology,” the white screenprint on the chest reads. Whether for yourself or a friend whose tie-dye habit has gone too far, this 100% cotton staple makes a statement.

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CBD Lip Balm

$10

From High Falls Hemp, this CBD-infused lip balm is creamy but never feels tacky, sticky or greasy. Their NY-grown, full-spectrum CBD blends with natural beeswax for the formula; as well as coconut oil, sweet almond oil and essential oil of spearmint for plenty more nourishment. The rich formula also helps to reduce inflammation in damaged lips.

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Nomi Ruiz + Sam Sparro: Like a Ghost

Recording artist, actor, author and transgender activist Nomi Ruiz (who sometimes works under the moniker Jessica 6) duets with Sam Sparro on the luscious new R&B track “Like a Ghost.” The collaboration, which Ruiz wrote and Sparro produced, “is about being haunted by a past love even after making a full effort to evolve and move on,” according to Ruiz. The seductive track hails from …

Erick the Architect: Skinny Ramen Freestyle

On “Skinny Ramen Freestyle,” Erick the Architect (of rap group Flatbush Zombies) seems to float over an evolving, Linden Jay-produced beat. The two-minute track acts as a trailer for his forthcoming EP FUTURE PROOF—his first as a solo artist—out 22 January. “Skinny Ramen Freestyle” is a testament to his lyrical ability and bodes well for the upcoming solo debut.

“Roots Run Deep: A Survey of Contemporary Black Hair Culture” at Pittsburgh’s Brew House Association Gallery

Curator Tara Fay Coleman taps 16 artists for a comprehensive exhibition on tradition, celebration, style and identity

Ergatta’s Connected Rowing Machine Gamifies Fitness

An at-home workout system programmed with games that tap into your competitive spirit

Taylor Stitch’s “The Beloved Community Collection” Raffle Benefits The NAACP

Inspired by and celebrating Dr Martin Luther King's legacy, five beautifully embroidered jackets up for grabs

With 100% of proceeds donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Taylor Stitch’s “The Beloved Community Collection” raffle (on now) has been inspired by Dr Martin Luther King’s work and words, and aims to celebrate his tremendous legacy. Each piece in the collection has been beautifully and expertly crafted by some of the brand’s favorite chain stitch embroidery artists across the country—Psychic Stitch …

Anna Leone: Once

Swedish singer-songwriter Anna Leone returns with the tender “Once,” produced by Paul Butler. An ode to naivety, regret and ultimately acceptance, the enchanting folk song is accompanied by a video filmed in the Azores archipelago, Portugal. At once ethereal and grounded in nature, the dark, dreamy visuals come from “the idea of being stuck in your ways, going through the same patterns, but then choosing …

Number One Popstar: I Hate Running

Number One Popstar (aka director, photographer and recording artist Kate Jean Hollowell) offers up a clever, comedic takedown of fitness expectations with her irreverent single, “I Hate Running.” Hollowell directs the official music video, where she stars as an aerobics guru and author who presents her book Work on Yourself, Loser! to an oddball group of color-coordinated attendees. Humor aside, the track itself is a danceable delight.

Jimbo Mathus + Andrew Bird: Sweet Oblivion (Live)

Friends for 25 years (and former Squirrel Nut Zippers bandmates), Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird returned to collaboration in 2018 after years pursuing independent musical endeavors. Shared musical fragments grew into their forthcoming album, These 13 (out 5 March), and its first single, “Sweet Oblivion.” “It’s been my dream for years now to make this record with Jimbo. Just guitar, fiddle and our very different …

Circular Systems’ Waste-Based, Multi-Purpose Material, AgraLoop BioFibre

A new natural fiber capable of replacing cotton, born from food waste

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