Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Algorithm-assisted art, a serendipitous travel guide, barrel-aged beer and more from the web this week

Astronomers Detect an Unprecedented Glow from the Center of Our Galaxy At the center of our galaxy is the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*. Though it has a history of flickering, it has never glowed like it did in April and May, new research tells us. Twice, both times over the course of four nights, the light around its core glowed at “unprecedented” levels—so much …

Allbirds Hits the Ground Running in NYC

The cult Silicon Valley comfort sneaker opens a concept shop in SoHo, with a new city-inspired colorway

Newcomer Allbirds breaks a lot of shoe rules. Their $95 shoes, which come in only two styles (runner or lounger), are logoless, machine washable, made from sustainably sourced merino sheep wool, and meant to be worn without socks. Comfort is their key goal, which is why it’s become the go-to shoe in Silicon Valley, but they don’t cut corners: it’s also a Certified B Corp. …

Patagonia’s First-Ever Beer, the Long Root Ale

Brewed in collaboration with Portland-based Hopworks using a sustainable new grain

Patagonia Provisions, the sustainable food offshoot of Patagonia that boldly addresses environmental issues and wanting to influence the food industry for the better, has been filling customers up with responsibly harvested wild salmon (all the while supporting conservation projects) to hot cereal made from organic buckwheat (a superfood crop that requires less water, fertilizer and pesticides to grow). The latest addition to their limited offerings …