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  1. Boston’s L’Espalier and its sister restaurant, Sel de la Terre, have reinforced their reputation for savoir faire with their launch of the catering service Au Soleil ( www.ausoleilcatering.com ),...
  2. Cirrus Design, maker of the impressive SR20 and SR22 piston-driven aircraft, has revealed more details about its upcoming jet. The company recently announced that "the-jet" by Cirrus ( www...
  3. If the California wine industry might be said to have anything akin to a mad scientist, it would surely be Leo McCloskey. The president and cofounder of Enologix—a wine consultancy firm in Sonoma...
  4. While the Oracle Audio Technologies CD 2500 Mk II Player ( www.oracle-audio.com ) may resemble a spaceship from a 1950s science fiction film, it transports music, not aliens. The compact disc player’...
  5. The striking, 7-foot-tall KEF Muon loudspeakers ( www.kef.com ) shown at left derive their sound quality from the engineers at the renowned British audio marque KEF and their curves from industrial...
  6. When China’s Emperor Qin Shihuangdi, who initiated the construction of the Great Wall, died in 210 B.C., an army of life-size terra-cotta figures was sculpted to guard his tomb. These warrior statues...
  7. Frauscher, an Austrian maker of runabouts, has created a boat for surfing—Web surfing, that is. The company recently unveiled a prototype of a 22-foot Frauscher 686 Lido ( www.frauscherboats.com )...
  8. A Geography Lesson can be enthralling, or so Chicago’s Field Museum plans to demonstrate. The exhibit Maps: Finding Our Place in the World ( www.fieldmuseum.org ), which will run from November 2...
  9. Before austrian architect Oswald Haerdtl (1899–1959) taught at Vienna’s School of Applied Arts, he studied there under Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), a leader in Europe’s modern architecture movement...
  10. Pulsing through the water at an impressive length of 55 feet, and with speeds reaching upwards of 60 miles per hour, the Super Yacht is like a powerboat on steroids. In June 2007, after four years of...

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