Personal Encouragement From NYC’s Benchmark Collection

Fine jewelry inspired by strength and designed to motivate

by Michael Raver Former dancer and contortionist, Jal Dhanani-Wade finds immense strength and confidence in the power of a good workout. On the hunt for something to remind her of this, and to keep her motivated—a sort of talisman—she decided to create an object herself. She applied for a metal-smithing and jewelry design degree at FIT and, in 2017, unveiled (the aptly named) Benchmark Collection, …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Nokia's banana phone, exploding stars, the world's oldest tattoos and more in our look around the web

1. Amateur Astronomer Photographs Exploding Star An Argentinian amateur astronomer was simply testing out his new 16-inch telescope by taking a bunch of short-exposure photographs when he managed to snap an image believed to be one in 10 million—or even one in 100 million. The photo is of an exploding star in a distant galaxy—a visual that professionals have been hoping to capture for a …

Minnesota Twins’ Official Prince Merchandise

Last year the Minnesota Twins gave out Purple Rain umbrellas to honor Prince, and this year they are teaming up with merch company Bravado for a co-branding deal that’s believed to be the first of its kind in Major League Baseball. The Majestic Twins Clubhouse Store will have Prince-themed apparel, accessories, baseballs and more (including an inflatable Love Symbol guitar) available for purchase. “All of …

Drake Powderworks’ New Permanent Phantom Wax

A one-time base glide treatment for snowboards and skis that's better for the environment

Utah-based company Drake Powderworks Skis (DPS) is planning to make a big change to the industry with their new product, the Phantom. The brand’s new Kickstarter is funding their one-time application base-coat for skis and snowboards. Its patent-pending polymer technology means this treatment is permanent. Working with material scientists, the DPS team was able to “attack the problem via a novel free-radical polymerization.” Unlike traditional …

South Africa’s “Boxing Grannies”

Training twice a week with their coach Claude Maphosa, South Africa’s “gogos” are older women who are learning to box for the benefit of their health. Dubbed “Boxing Grannies,” these badass ladies are finding that many of their ailments are disappearing and they’re feeling healthier and stronger than ever. Apparently the classes have been so popular, Maphosa is planning to organize more in other areas. …