Good morning. An iceberg the size of Delaware is about to break off from the Antarctic ice shelf. Scientists have been observing the widening crack for quite some time now, but do not expect the iceberg to affect sea levels. There is concern, however, that the iceberg break will hasten the deterioration of the larger Antarctic ice shelf.
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Belkin Active Pro Messenger Bag
A fantastically comfortable messenger bag, made by a brand known for reliable tech accessories. Inside, several pockets neatly organize devices and documents; outside, a reflective strip and bike loop ensures a safe commute.
Satechi R1 Aluminum Foldable Stand
Smartphones, tablets and laptops of all makes and models (as long as they’re no bigger than 13 inches), can be plopped into this fully adjustable aluminum stand, freeing up both hands to type or write as you please.
McIntosh MA9000 2-Channel Integrated Amplifier
The MA9000 pushes 300 watts per channel and has “enough power to properly drive virtually all loudspeakers,” according to McIntosh. Additionally, the MA9000 has a 32-bit built-in DAC, an integrated headphone amp and ten analog connections (so you’ll be able to integrate it with the system you already have). It supports high-resolution DSD256 and DXD 384kHz files. If you’re in the market for an integrated amp to complete your home hi-fi system, or you just want to upgrade, the MA9000 is available to order now for $10,500 and will ship later in July.
— Tucker Bowe, Associate Staff Writer
Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR SL
Fifteen years ago, Mondraker revealed the Foxy Carbon. It went on to become the brand’s most iconic mountain bike. In celebration of the Foxy Carbon’s 15th anniversary, Mondraker has enhanced the bike tenfold: thinner tubes, flatter profile, optimized suspension, near-perfect geometry and more.
TAF Architects Ambit Rail Lamp
Stockholm-based architectural firm TAF architects sought to reinterpret the classic billiard table lamp, and came up with this: a strikingly modern ceiling light, with hidden joints and an impossibly thin wire suspension system, causing the light to appear as if it’s floating in mid-air.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Drinks Trolley by Sebastian Cox
Don’t even look at this thing unless you’re a dead-serious whiskey collector. It’s handcrafted out of retired Glenlivet casks by master woodworker Sebastian Cox. It contains a glass vessel hand-blown by glass artist Michael Ruh. It earns you coveted membership in the Glenlivet Guardians. It’s a goddamn wooden cart, and it costs five thousand fucking dollars.
Royal North Company Dog Leash
From the Gear Patrol Store: Made by hand in the RNC workshop, this dog lead is made with high-quality water buffalo leather and solid brass. Comfortable in the hand and built to last. Overall Length: 112cm (3’8″)
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