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2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Defy Odds With Pavement-Pounding Performance

The latest models to sport BMW’s legendary “M” badge are among the most unlikely candidates ever to receive the extreme enhancements of the German automaker’s vaunted performance division.<p>To the average motorist, the 2015 X5 M and X6 M would seem better suited to carting people and cargo around …

NASA Carves Pumpkins Better Than You Ever Could

Put a man on the Moon? Sure. Establish a continuously orbiting zero-gravity laboratory? Easy. Parachute a rover onto Mars? Ain't no thang. Okay, <i>fine</i> …

NASA

Mind-boggling photos that defy perspective

Most Expressive Pumpkin Faces Ever!

Just when we thought our pumpkin carvings were creative, we ran across these! We've seen Ray Villafane's expert hand at sand sculpting, but his original expertise lies in pumpkin carving. With Halloween creeping up on us, the New York native's pumpkin sculptures are in season. Each wrinkly, orange …

Sculpture

Amazon Warriors Did Indeed Fight and Die Like Men

Archaeology shows that these fierce women also smoked pot, got tattoos, killed—and loved—men.<p>The Amazons got a bum rap in antiquity. They wore trousers. They smoked pot, covered their skin with tattoos, rode horses, and fought as hard as the guys. Legends sprang up like weeds. They cut off their …

Richard Branson's 4 Rules For Making Difficult Decisions

Richard Branson, chair of Virgin Train's parent company the Virgin Group, writes in his book "The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership" that he was "stunned and baffled" that he could have lost the bid to FirstGroup.<p>He decided to stay quiet for awhile, meeting with lawyers and advisors to …

Twelve hours in Reykjavik: the layover of a lifetime

While booking flights from New York to Stockholm, it came down to two choices. An expensive, non-stop flight or a cheaper seat on Icelandair with an 18-hour layover in Reykjavik.<p>I didn’t hesitate for a moment.<p>Icelandair, the savvy, Reykjavik-based airline that started offering direct year-round …