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A day in The Laughter Yoga Salon

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Laughter yoga, first popularized by Dr. Madan Kataria, has become an international movement. But does the science support the practice?

Shades of Red, White and Blue

What We Love About America

An open-ended question about national pride produces patriotism, shame for our wrongdoings, and every shade of red, white and blue in between.

Scramble!

Standing Alert with the UPS Hot Spares

When a UPS plane breaks down or the crew encounters problems, packages still need to be delivered. That's where the "hot spares" program comes in.

Your Guide to Getting Outside

25 Best American Microadventures

Microadventures don't take excessive amounts of time or money. They also don't take excuses. Here are the 25 best trips to slip into your summer plans.

Summer Preview 2015
The Story of Kodak Motion Picture Film

Film Is Not Dead

Why do some filmmakers still shoot on film? We followed the film from Kodak's headquarters to the big screen to find out.

Film Issue
Developing Good Character

The Way Things Age

Documenting how the things we use take on our patina over the years.

Judging Beer by Its Cover

The Most Iconic Craft Beer Labels, and Their Stories

Who designs your favorite craft beer labels and cans? What inspires them, and how do they translate great beer into expressive, convincing art? To find out, we asked brewers, artists, experts and designers at several major breweries.

Beer Week
In Craft We Trust

The State of American Craft Beer

Craft beer faces a whole new set of hurdles in 2015. Where are we headed as a nation of brewers and drinkers?

Beer Week
Visiting a Great Explorer

Will Steger Is a Force of Nature

Polar explorer Will Steger knows dark and cold better than anyone. But he wants to show people the light.

The North Journal
The Rise of Ed Schoenfeld

The Man Behind New York’s Best Chinese Food

Ed Schoenfeld of RedFarm and Decoy is serving up what Zagat calls the best Chinese food in New York City. He invited us for lunch to photograph his home and pantry.

Single Malt, Many Virtues

Can Americans Make Single Malt as Well as the Scots?

In 2012, an American single malt whiskey from Balcones Distillery in Texas defeated nine other world-class single malts from around the world and gained international attention. Today, the American version of Scotch is still booming, reinforced by a number of new distilleries.

How to Spite the Elements

Getting Down with Canada Goose

A look inside the manufacturing process of the heartiest outerwear on earth, proudly made in Toronto, Canada.

Steel frames, gravel roads and good wine? Per favore.

Photo Essay: Classic Bikes and Tuscan Vistas at L’Eroica

The scenery is just one of the things that’s made L’Eroica one of the greatest organized rides in the world since Giancarlo Brocci founded it 30 years ago to help preserve the strada bianche, or white sand and gravel roads of Tuscany.

Photo Essay
A Study in the Finer Points of Drinking

The Perfect Bar Cart

Alcohol remains an enduring motif in the great American narrative. That’s probably because those that wrote it drank, and drank well — epitomized by the enduring symbol of the most sophisticated of drinking cultures: the bar cart. What follows is just one interpretation of how the home bar should look and taste. Like with all things great, a great bar cart is a long term investment and requires time to develop. It’s not necessary to stock everything; ours is listed simply to help guide those starting from scratch in the finer points of home drinking. Click, learn and imbibe well.

Tasting Notes
Read Them and Eat

The 25 Best Restaurants in America

This year, like last year, we did our fair share of dining. We hunted for barbecue in Texas, ate all the burgers in L.A. and went inside the new American supper club. We found that, like television, restaurants are in the best form they’ve ever been. These are 25 of our favorite restaurants in America, chosen by our editors and writers across the country for their newness, their hospitality and the quality of their food — though not always in that order.

The Restaurant Issue
An e-bike with a brain

The Bicycle Wheel, Reinvented

With the highly anticipated Copenhagen Wheel, from MIT-born Superpedestrian seeks to improve urban biking. In an increasingly crowded e-bike market, it might be the most successful attempt so far.

The Everest of Sailing

The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race

In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth -- and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here's a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.

Northern Roads Afar

1,000 Miles of British Columbia on Two Wheels

A fork in the road. Rarely in life does the metaphorical appear in such literal form. Yet there it was, and there we were. Twelve dust-covered motorcyclists on a journey through British Columbia’s beautiful northern interior, faced squarely with two paths and three options: left, right or turn around. This is where the riding stopped and the adventure began.

Pain and Pleasure

Cycling California Wine Country with a Local Pro

Levi Leipheimer is a diviner of pain and suffering par excellence -- a bike race organizer. We asked him to cull his dark arts and assemble 10 rides in the scenic, relaxing and overall pleasant area that is Northern California's wine country. Enjoy responsibly.

Your checklist for a beefy LA lunch

On the Burger Trail in Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles is known for Hollywood stars, sprawling traffic...and gourmet burgers. Yes, that sandwich concoction that first appeared in the late 1800s has become a staple in the City of Angels. There are the obvious picks like Umami, Father's Office, Apple Pan and of course In-N-Out; but a quick Yelp search for "burger" reveals almost 6,000 places to sit and enjoy ground meat on a bun. We spent a week seeking some of the lesser known but equally (arguably more) loved options.

How the West was won

Cycling Skyward: Conquering the West’s Toughest Climbs

One month after he set out from King's Beach, CA, on a 5,000-mile bike tour of America, GP contributor Will Eginton stood on top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park and reflected on the mountains he'd climbed.

Lessons Through Tasting with the Experts

Saving the Extra Virgins: Olive Oil Made Right

True extra virgin olive oil is not always what you buy at the supermarket. Matthew Ankeny tours the Long Meadow Ranch to experience olive oil made by a passionate, knowledgeable group of California-based olive millers.

BRITISH WATCHMAKING, WITH NARY A GLANCE AT THE SWISS

Robert Loomes: Bringing Watchmaking Back to the British Isles

Robert Loomes & Co., makes gorgeous watches in small, limited editions of 50 or 100 pieces. He joins the growing cadre of watchmakers who are pushing British watchmaking as far as possible, along with Christopher Ward, Roger Smith, and the brothers English.

Timekeeping
Expect the Unexpected

Photo Essay: Traveling the Amazon by Riverboat

In much of the Amazon, traveling by riverboat is the best form of transportation. So we set off from Iquitos, Peru, fondly dubbed the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon, aboard the Aqua Aria, a luxurious river boat that would take us roughly 100 miles up and down the Amazon River.

Photo Essay
The weird vehicles that started it all

CUV DNA: The Original Crossovers

While the marketing term "crossover" is a recent invention, the concept is not. Automakers have been making cars that fill the gap between utility vehicles and family cars for decades. Here are three that helped to determine what the crossover is today, along with their modern-day kindred spirits.

Two Biologists teach Montreal how good craft brews can be

Dieu du Ciel and the Science of Good Beer

A little over two decades ago, Stephane Ostiguy and Jean-Francois Gravel met while studying science at McGill University. Neither got their degrees -- but they do make some of the best beer in the world at Dieu du Ciel, Montreal's best craft brewery.

Storming the East Coast's best surf town

48 Hours of Sun and Swell in Montauk

When we invited Forest Woodward, one of our favorite photographers, to Montauk for the weekend, we had no idea we’d be graced with the best waves we’ve seen in years.

Photo Essay
It's a Table With Stuff On It...

The Desks Of Gear Patrol

Some desks at Gear Patrol are dirty, some are disorganized and some are perfectly manicured. All of them showcase at least a small part of who we are and what we're passionate about.

Some MMasterful, All MMagnificent

The BMW M3 Through the Generations

Over the decades, BMW's iconic M3 has only grown in power, performance (and in most cases, weight), going from niche sports sedans to one of the most popular performance-focused automobiles in the industry. The best part? There are five generations of them, all with scintillating, unique details and the underlying similarities of greatness.

Home Cooking Gets an Upgrade

Inside the New American Supper Club

Underground supper clubs, where strangers eat home-cooked meals made by professional chefs, are spreading throughout America. Gear Patrol sat down at one in Brooklyn, New York to see firsthand where the trend's headed.

Once Left for dead, a five-time Ironman winner returns to form

Jordan Rapp: Another Day at the Office

Pro triathlete Jordan Rapp is a poster boy for endurance -- and not just because he’s won five Ironmans, two Leadman Epic 250s and the 2011 ITU Long Distance World Championships. The more remarkable feat is that all but two of those victories came following a near-fatal hit-and-run accident.

GP Short
Can a week of standing save you from a lifetime of sitting?

Learning to Work Standing Up

Should we all be working at stand-up desks? A GP correspondent reports on his week spent afoot.

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