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2014: The Hottest Year Ever

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1880: Since we've been keeping count

The data is in, and it’s official: 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made the joint announcement Friday morning, relying on two separate analyses of the data to arrive at this startling new extreme of the long-term rise in global temperatures. Despite a relatively cool year in the eastern U.S. —......read more

Incredible Scenes Sans Photoshop

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The latest series from Jee Young Lee

We featured Seoul-based artist Jee Young Lee this summer with her staggering series, The Moment.  Lee sometimes spends months building incredibly elaborate scenes by hand for the sake of taking a single photograph—all without the use of digital manipulation. Confined to the small space of her 360 x 410 x 240 cm studio, she painstakingly constructs every last detail of the set, from......read more

The World's Greatest Travelers

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German adventurers complete 556,000-mile, quarter-century odyssey by SUV

It was 1988 when Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set off in a Mercedes Benz G-Wagen to travel around Africa. After completing the planned 18-month tour, they decided to keep going... and going... and going. The end result was an epic, 25-year adventure which saw the Mercedes--nicknamed Otto by Christine--driven 556,000 miles through 215 countries and into the record books. Christine......read more

Atoms For Peace "Before Your Very Eyes"

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Supergroup's latest video cuts a psychedelic line in the sand

With psychedelic patterns and swirls pulsing across a landscape of natural, unnatural, and even human dimensions, the latest music video from Atoms For Peace offers a mesmerizing complement to a haunting song.   Following an outdoor performance in Hollywood last week (on the birthday of two of the band's five members, no less), the venue's screens lit up to read 'DON'T GO.'......read more

Kishu Binchotan Charcoal

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Time-tested, all-natural water purifier $49.50

Handcrafted according to ancient Japanese tradition, Kishu Binchotan charcoal originates from the Holm tree, a hard oak that grows in the forests of Kishu. Through a signature heating and cooling process, Binchotan charcoal gains chemical absorption properties, making it is an amazing method of water purification that's been used for hundreds of years. Placed into a jug of water, the......read more

Richard Mosse: The Impossible Image

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The Irish photographer reveals the stories behind the making of his latest film, 'The Enclave'

For three years, Richard Mosse has captured hypercolor images of eastern Congo for his series Infra, shot on a now extinct 16mm infrared film designed originally for military reconnaissance. Now he has a video installation to add to the project. The Enclave had the Venice Biennale abuzz when it debuted at the Irish Pavilion in May. In this short documentary produced by Frieze, Mosse......read more

New Balance NewSky

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The latest iteration of NB's minimal shoes made from recycled plastic $90.00

The NewSky, from New Balance, is an everyday, around-the-house shoe that takes design cues from the "minimal" running shoes that have taken the jogging world by storm. It's minimalist in more ways than one, since it makes extensive use of post-consumer recycled materials, in this case uppers made from PET plastic bottles (on average, each pair uses the equivalent of eight 20-ounce PET......read more

The Presets "Fall"

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A divine sky-diving video for the latest single from Australia's electro-pop heroes

Director Clemens Habicht takes a literal approach in his video for "Fall," the latest single by The Presets. Filmed above the Costa Brava in Spain, Clemens put masks of Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton from The Presets on members of the French champion free dive team. Then he filmed the pair taking to the sky, leaping from a plane, and performing an amazing aerial ballet to the sounds of the band's......read more

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Five of our favorite entries

These aren't even the winners.  But they inspire our wanderlust that tends to live in all of us SHFTers.  The deadline for entry ends June 30 for the 2014 contest.  The prize is a trip to Alaska.  So if you've taken some photos of nature, sponteneous moments, outdoor scenes, images with a strong sense of space, go for it! ...read more

Postiljonen, "Supreme"

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Check out the video for the latest slice of swooning Scandanavian pop

If you like the sun-drenched Swedish pop sounds of bands like Air France and Korralreven, then you'll love Postiljonen, the mysterious outfit behind "Supreme." Full of summery vibes and wistful, distant vocals, the latest slice Scandanavian synth pop makes us want to beeline to the beach. Now the band has dropped a similarly plaintive-feeling video for the song. Set against a hazy coastal......read more

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