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  1. Billy joel turned 60 in May. The multiplatinum recording artist says that he is an old man now—a somewhat questionable claim from someone who has a full touring schedule (with longtime friend Sir...
  2. A high-tech first loom resides in Gran Sasso’s massive industrial factory in the central Italian town of Sant’Egidio alla Vibrata. Once the yarns are set in place, this state-of-the-art machine can...
  3. For Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli (distributed by IMC Group, 212.750.2990, www.brunellocucinelli.it ), the concept of sportif fashion refers more to a casual lifestyle than actual athletics...
  4. Dr. Stephen Ellen slips out of his clothing and into a pair of flesh-colored underpants, which will disappear—virtually, that is—when he steps inside a 6-by-6-foot space that is equipped with special...
  5. On a 1906 visit to washington, d.c., Mark Twain flouted the conventions of that altogether conventional town by donning—in December—white flannels for an afternoon appearance as a guest speaker...
  6. By the time the torch ceremony commences the XXIX Olympiad in August 2008, China’s capital will be home to several upscale hotels. Following are our picks for the 10 most promising places to stay...
  7. luxurious home theaters present one irritating inconvenience: They hide the DVD player in a separate utility room. The simple task of scanning a half-dozen new discs to choose the evening’s...
  8. A few miles off the coast of dubai, the launch from the mainland cuts its engines and bumps against the landing, allowing me to clamber onto the rocks and scan the surroundings. It is an...
  9. If you owned one of the world’s most coveted cars, one of the only three dozen Ferrari 250 GTOs ever made, what would it take for you to willingly part with it? Would the chance to acquire another...
  10. During Boeing’s annual investors’ conference last May, Connexion by Boeing President Scott Carson clicked on several plasma screens to begin his videoconference with Ed Laase, the company’s system...

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