Good morning. Last week, the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets not far from our galaxy sent the whole world into a tizzy. (Aliens!!!) But how are scientists able to tell distant spheres of rock and gas from planets that may harbor life? What makes an exoplanet? Here’s an excellent breakdown of the science behind exoplanet discovery. And here’s what’s been discovered in gear.
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Today’s GearWhat’s New, Now
XTRATUF Kryptek Ankle Deck Boot
Alaskan and Pacific Northwestern folks have known for a while that anyone splitting time between the shore and the open sea needs proper footwear. Featuring Kryptek’s innovative camo designs, XTRATUF’s fishing and saltwater lifestyle boot is engineered to be as capable on land as it is on a cold, slippery trawler deck. Inside, a 1mm Neoprene XpressCool bootie keeps feet cool in warm weather and securely comfortable from the first time you pull them on.
Saturdays NYC Grooming Collection
The casually stylish guys at Saturdays NYC have extended the cool to a new line of grooming products. Two years in the making, the line of products was carefully created with grooming legend Rodney Cutler (a long-time Esquire grooming columnist). Try each product individually, or mix a “cocktail” that suits your needs best. – Matthew Ankeny, Deputy Managing Editor
Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag
Forty-five years in the making can’t be wrong.
Nik Schultz Vintage Audio Component T-Shirts
Show the world your inner audiophile with these three graphic tees: one with a receiver, one with a cassette deck and one with a reel-to-reel recorder. For full effect, rock ’em with a pair of hi-fi headphones.
Hong Kong Beer Co. Betsy
In collaboration with Hong Kong Beer Co., Cathay Pacific Airlines is launching a beer designed specifically for in-flight consumption.
To Boot New York Calf Leather Backpacks
To the happy little Italian calf who supplied the gorgeous leather on this NYC-made backpack — thank you. Your spirit lives on through men and women with places to go, things to carry, people to impress.
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• From Issue Three of Gear Patrol Magazine: We went dogsledding in Sweden’s arctic north to test some of the most rugged expedition gear available.
• The Land Rover Discovery is back, and it’s better than ever.
• Meet Jeremy Davis, the man restoring old Rolexes to their former glory.
• We go inside Amangiri, a monolithic $1,500-a-night hotel in a remote Utah desert.
• Need formal attire for a classy night on the town? Here’s your perfect outfit.
• The easiest way to become a better chef: a salt cellar.
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Next Page: Happy Hour Talking Points and One Thing to Watch
Happy Hour Briefing
Ice Breakers for the First Drink
• Yeah, yeah. Bees are dying at an alarming rate. We get it. But what does that actually mean for humanity? [Tonic]
• Kendrick Lamar shared a few details about his next album. [Flavorwire]
• Earth is enveloped in a floating landfill of space junk, and that could cause serious problems. [Bloomberg]
• The rise of artificial intelligence is shifting the playing field of computer chip manufacturing. [The Economist]
• Speaking of artificial intelligence: devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home are are changing how kids grow up. [Star-Telegram]
• And one thing to watch: