Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Naming space objects, a new design for Rockefeller Center Plaza, the history of pink and more in our look at the web

1. Help NASA Nickname New Horizons’ Next Target A small, frozen world known as (486958) 2014 MU69 is the next flyby destination for NASA’s New Horizons. Understandably, the space agency thinks it needs a snappier name. Some billion miles past Pluto, MU69 is located in the Kuiper Belt and is now in the market for a nickname. Hosted online, there’s a contest where the public …

Singapore Airlines’ Fancy New First-Class

Debuting in December on Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Syndey route, the company’s new first-class suite is a serious upgrade. Not only are the rooms 60% larger than the old ones, but they also include a leather recliner and a single bed—couples seated together can even double up and receive a double bed option. This update—which will ultimately be applied to 19 Airbus A380s—is part of the airline’s …

RADEN Smart Luggage

The formidable suitcase + app combo weighs itself, charges phones and lets you know when it's close by

The plot might be familiar: a young start-up disrupts big, sleepy industry that nobody young wants to touch—but the ending is sweet and actually, available to purchase on the day of its launch. Raden is more than a container to hold your clothes and toiletries; its smart features (like GPS-tracking, weight sensors, and removable, standalone battery pack) work with real-time traffic and TSA data to …

Trade Airline Miles for Art with Exchange Works

Normally, Los Angeles-based organization Exchange Works matches artists with potential art buyers looking to purchase works through alternative means—including supplies, electronics, legal and financial services. But after realizing that many artists need to travel in order to exhibit or research, they’ve just launched their latest venture, called “Art for Miles,” which now makes it possible for anyone to trade airlines miles for original works of …

The Best Airline Amenity Kits

The benefits of flying first class extend beyond extra leg space; many airlines now offer top-notch amenity kits that can be used long after arrival. Designer labels including Viktor and Rolf, Bally and even Givenchy have given the luxury treatment to some of these pouches, possibly justifying the steep prices of the seat. From Jet Blue’s Birchbox cosmetic set to Emirates’ brown suede Bulgari clutch, …