Link About It: This Week’s Picks

NASA's long-lost spacecraft reappears, ice that's solid and liquid, diamond phone screens and more

1. Silent for 13 Years, a NASA Spacecraft Makes Communication The IMAGE spacecraft, an acronym of Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration, launched back in March 2000 to observe activity in the Earth’s magnetosphere. It ceased communication with NASA in December 2005. Entirely unexpected and sudden, after years of successful data-gathering, the disappearance was considered quite mysterious. IMAGE was believed to be damaged beyond repair and …

CH Omakase 2017: Port of Mokha Coffee Beans and Dandelion Collaboration

High-quality products with a rich history in a tasty sampler set that will feed more than your mouth

Port of Mokha makes some of the most extraordinary coffee we’ve tasted—grown in Yemen, and roasted in Oakland. Beginning in the 16th century, for some 150 years, Yemen was the exclusive coffee supplier to the rest of the world. This incredibly rich heritage was given new life in 2013 when Yemeni-American Mokhtar Alkhanshali tasted the first coffee he ever enjoyed and became obsessed—from studies to …

France Now Has Oyster Vending Machines

The French have once again invented something irrefutably French: a 24-hour oyster vending machine. Of course the machines are refrigerated, and they also have glass walls so consumers can choose which oysters they want. One farmer, Tony Berthelot (who has a machine on Ile de Re island, off France’s western coast) says the idea was born from “losing lots of sales when we are closed,” …

City Guide: Hobart, Tasmania

A small capital city is brimming with history, modern art and a booming culinary and cocktail scene

Whether you’re visiting Tasmania for Dark MOFO (on at the time of publish) or simply to see what life’s like at the end of the world, there’s a lot to do on this tiny Australian island. Hobart, the capital, has a rich history despite a sometimes forgotten past and an inaccurate perception that the destination was sweet but dull. Thanks to an ever-changing whisky industry, …

Pizza ATMs are Coming

Back in August, French company Pauline debuted its pizza ATM in the United States, and now it’s set to roll out across the country. The self-serve slice machine stores dough, then when a user chooses their order, adds toppings, cooks it and dispenses the ‘za in around three minutes. Brings new meaning to “fast food” (and perhaps also “French style”). Read more at Grub Street.