Exploring Saint Petersburg’s Redeveloped New Holland Island

From film festivals and green space to restaurants and art installations, the development energizes the city

Understanding the Bubbles at the Center of the Milky Way

First spotted in the 1980s, a massive filament-like structure has been seen in the Milky Way some 100 times over the past 30+ years. With the supermassive black hole at its center, its “billowy lobes resemble the two halves of an hourglass” as they stretch out in opposite directions. Now, South Africa’s pioneering MeerKAT radio-telescope has revealed that electrons buzzing around inside are producing radio …

LA Weed Tours Tee

$42

Available in four colors—white, sky blue, coral, and our pick taro—Mister Green’s new LA Weed Tours Tee features a decidedly retro-looking design, on top of their West Hollywood address. The discharge screen printing technique used means that the shirt’s color is removed and replaced, rather than just coated in color, and the ring-spun cotton is enzyme-washed in order to feel soft and worn from the …

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First-Ever Magic Mushroom Research Center

Not long after Johns Hopkins University became the largest psychedelic research center in the world, the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica has announced its intention to open the world’s first magic mushrooms research center later this year. Funded by the Canadian company Field Trip Ventures, the center aims to study the actual fungi, rather than just its psychoactive attribute, psilocybin. As there …

Luxury Action’s Pop-Up Hotel at the North Pole

Ten heated glass-dome igloos, each with an en-suite toilet, will comprise travel operator Luxury Action’s pop-up hotel in the North Pole next year. It will be stationed in the center of the frozen Arctic Ocean during April (a one-month window is all that’s safe for helicopter travel), and a one-night stay comes complete with a chef, Arctic wilderness guide, on-site camp manager, and security team. …

SeaBubbles’ Flying Water Taxis Open For Public Trials in Paris

After successful tests in Lake Geneva and along the River Seine in Paris circa 2018, SeaBubbles’ Hydroptère “flying” water-taxi now opens for public trials until 20 September. Designed by aeronautical engineers, the four-person vehicle—which lifts a few meters into the air when moving—aims to reduce congestion on streets and provide a low-impact travel alternative. It’s powered by two electrically driven propellers—and batteries are recharged through …

NASA-Built Autonomous Drone Set to Rove Titan

A mission to send a nuclear-powered, autonomously-operating drone to one of Saturn’s moons will commence in 2026—and the craft, nicknamed Dragonfly, will arrive in Titan’s atmosphere in 2034. Then, the sedan-sized probe will investigate the lower-gravity surface’s dunes, mountains, rivers, and lakes—and report back instantly (though a transmission takes almost two hours from Titan to Earth). Another one of Dragonfly’s tasks will be to create …

Exploring the Thoughtful Technique Behind Champagne Bollinger

For almost 200 years the maison has touted patience, craftsmanship and tradition to widespread acclaim

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MEATER+ Wireless Thermometer

$99

Building upon their innovative original thermometer, MEATER unveils a MEATER+ iteration that has up to 165 feet of range. Simply insert the thermometer into the meat you plan to cook (you can choose from a few options and preparations in the app) and place the meat into your grill, smoker, or oven, and step away. The charger acts as a signal booster and allows you …

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GMT Popeye Watch

$1250

Turning 90 this year, spinach-loving Popeye remains an icon of popular culture. To commemorate him, CH favorite Bamford London and Hearst-owned media company King Features put the cartoon sailor on the face of an automatic GMT, where his strong arms double as watch hands. Even though the edition is undoubtedly playful, the navy color scheme elevates the piece. The release is limited to just 50 …

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Tennis Racket Backpack

$1050

Made in the USA, KILLSPENCER’s ultra-luxe tennis bag has room for a racket and—in the detachable pouch—three cans of balls. The exterior is made from a soft, quilted full-grain leather, while the interior is foam-lined to protect your racket. The straps are also padded to ensure comfort while commuting. The quilted leather is akin to a luxury handbag, and the overall look is opulently high-end.

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R + R Cream

$55

Made with 750mg broad spectrum hemp CBD and essential oils, Prima’s R + R Cream offers sore muscles some relief. With menthol, peppermint and tea tree providing tingling and cooling sensations, rosemary acts as an anti-inflammatory and other ingredients promote relaxation, and blood flow. The pleasantly scented lotion is made in California and tested in a third-party ISO/IEC-accredited and ORELAP-certified facility—meaning you’re guaranteed a high-quality …

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Röyksopp: I Just Don’t Understand You

In Norwegian electronic group Röyksopp’s 20+ year career they’ve amassed plenty of rare and unfinished tracks—alongside the those that were released. The duo (aka Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland) made dozens of the aforementioned available on streaming platforms under a playlist titled Lost Tapes. “I Just Don’t Understand You,” expands as it plays—growing into an intergalactic arrangement of electronic notes, synths, strings and, eventually, vocals.

Mallrat: Drive Me Round

Australian singer/rapper/producer Mallrat (aka Grace Shaw) released her third, and most polished, EP Driving Music earlier this month. From it, “Drive Me Round” is at first a gentle, drifting tune (complete with echoing background chants), but when the beat drops the track turns into a rich, synth-driven bop. Concurrently a melancholy and upbeat, the song is a glittery couple of minutes long, and sees the …

Lexus Introduces its First-Ever Luxury Yacht, the LY 650

The carmaker's debut boat is sporty, elegant and opulent

Based on the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept from 2017, the LY 650 (which debuted last week in Florida) marks the production-scale debut for the brand’s boating category. The 65-foot vessel is the result of a collaboration between Lexus (the luxury vehicle division of the Toyota), Wisconsin-based Marquis Yachts and studio Nuvolari Lenard. At $3+ million, the boat is high-tech and sporty, yet stylish and sophisticated—embodying the …

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Songs by Okay Kaya, The Delirians, The Cars, Eddie Money and more this week

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Okay Kaya: Ascend And Try Again

Set to appear on Norwegian-born, NYC-based Okay Kaya’s next album (which is due out next year) “Ascend And Try Again” combines multiple genres, melding them together with haunting songwriting. The track itself literally describes the artist’s attempt to becoming scuba-certified for a role in a Swedish film—she was prone to ear infections and had to bow out—but it also stands in as a meditative guide …

Danny Brown: Best Life

Backed by a rich bassline and a select few samples, Danny Brown’s “Best Life” combines the artist’s charismatic cadence with Q-Tip’s illustrious production. It’s certainly jazz influenced but it also harkens back to the golden era of hip-hop—and Brown (aka Daniel Dewan Sewell) does far more than hold his own. “Best Life” will appear on his forthcoming album uknowhatimsayin¿, out on 4 October via WARP.

September Scotch: Orkney Islands’ Scapa Single Malt Whisky

With roots back to 1885, a brand revived in 2004 to produce luscious liquid

Interview: Artist and Designer Camille Walala

Ahead of Us By Night, we discuss staying true to yourself regardless of trends with the beloved artist

Word of Mouth: Chile’s Atacama Desert

Trekking from salt flats to see pink flamingoes and landscapes reminiscent of the moon

Designer Dildo and Toys

Burton Headphone Beanie

Burton has set the bar for integrating music with snowboarding gear. First was the Amp jacket with on-sleeve iPod controls, then the Amp backpack , also with iPod integration. Now for the Fall is the headphone beanie which keeps your head warm and full of tunes– just plug it in to whatever music player you have. They actually did these last year too, but it …

Hara Chair

The bio-energetic Hara chair from Kundilini is a refreshing modern twist. Handmade in lacquered fiberglass, the designers aspired to create an ecstatic product, as well as an aesthetic one. I think they succeeded.