Good morning. In one of the biggest breakthroughs in physics history, scientists at Harvard have catalyzed hydrogen into a metal — a “wonder material” that’s never before existed on Earth. The new material may one day be used for zero-resistance electrical wiring (often considered the Holy Grail of electronics), and for extremely powerful rocket fuel. Here’s what’s good in gear: an upgraded hiking boot, a USB-C power bank, Vietnamese pour-over coffee kits and much more.

And here are some fresh stories to start the day.

Floyd Bed Frame

This is a bed frame unlike any before. Comprised of just 13 parts, and crafted to be both beautiful and durable for years on end — steel legs, cork pads, lightweight and strong birch panels — the frame assembles in just minutes, no tools required. It’s made to last a lifetime, moving conveniently from old home to new, and is designed to be neutral, so it adapts to any style of home.

‘Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism’

In a time of rampant consumerism, a new movement is preaching an alternative path — one that banishes all but the most fundamental and enriching consumer products from our lives. In Goodbye, Things, Fumio Sasaki recounts his conversion from reckless hoarder to hyper-mindful consumer, and offers advice to those seeking the same simple happiness that he found in minimalism.

Copper Cow Coffee Pour-Over Kits

Your morning pour-over, minus the mess, and made Vietnamese style.

Scosche MagicMount USB-C PowerBank

The Google Pixel, LG V20, OnePlus 3T, Huawei Mate 9 and Moto Z are just a few of the newest smartphones to be decked out with USB Type-C charging ports. If you own one, and need more power throughout the day, this USB Type-C power bank is for you. It provides 4,000mAh of extra juice — enough to refill the Google Pixel almost twice — and magnetically sticks to the back of your phone so you can easily charge and call/text/browse at the same time. – Tucker Bowe, Associate Staff Writer

Satechi USB-C Power Meter

Is that knock-off charging cable going to fry your smartphone? Satechi’s new USB-C power meter can tell you.

Vasque Breeze III GTX Hiking Boot

Vasque’s best hiking boot, upgraded with better ventilation, better traction and a more comfortable fit.


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