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The chef who can't smell or taste
How would things taste if you lost your sense of smell?

Watch this baby gorilla being hand-reared by zookeepers
Zookeepers in Bristol, UK, are giving this baby gorilla round-the-clock care, including bottle feeding through the night, as he's not getting enough milk from his mother, Kala, to survive.

What happens when staycations fall apart
Exploring nearer to home seems like a good alternative when Covid has halted foreign trips. But in the increasingly isolated UK, chaotic rules and open hostility toward travelers has meant even staycations are now in doubt.

Best new cookbooks for hunkering down during the pandemic
Mastering the art of home cooking -- to riff on the title of the beloved Julia Child cookbook -- has been a primary occupation during coronavirus lockdown. While preparing meals for friends and family is inextricably linked with life in general, it has taken on a new significance during the pandemic.

This Italian town has just two residents, but they still insist on wearing masks
They're the sole inhabitants of Nortosce, but Giovanni Carilli and Giampiero Nobil aren't taking any chances when it comes to upholding Italy's strict Covid-19 rules.

I thought 'flights to nowhere' were silly. Then I went on one.
Hong Kong Express is offering 75-minute flights that circle Hong Kong air space and return to the airport.

Flights to nowhere are an alternative way to sightsee during a pandemic
With travel restrictions due to Covid-19, airlines are offering "Flights to nowhere" that allow passengers to board planes, enjoy the trip and disembark at the same location. Take a look at what it's like.

Covid-19 is killing restaurants. So why is Michelin still obsessing about star ratings?
Its reviews have the power to make or break a restaurant, and even though many fine dining venues are facing closure, Michelin says it has no plans to stop publishing its guides.

Ancient Thai city grapples with surging monkey population
Over 4,500 crab-eating macaques roam the streets of the ancient city of Lopburi. Though it's a popular tourist destination, the monkey population has grown too quickly, causing headaches for city residents. Here's how officials are trying to sustainably solve the problem.

The American man who became a porter on Everest
It might not seem that way when you read harrowing accounts of climbers perishing on its treacherous slopes, but there's an easy way to climb Everest, and there's a hard way.

Scotland's whisky islands are dealing with an almighty Covid hangover
Distilleries are working around the clock to make up time lost in coronavirus, but Scotland's whisky tourism is still in big trouble.

Half of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef is gone
A new study found that Australia's Great Barrier Reef has not recovered from a torrent of bleaching events caused by climate change.

Ethiopian food: The 15 best dishes
Ethiopian food is distinctive and delicious, befitting a remarkable country with a cultural heritage that stands out from the rest of Africa.

12 of the best things to see and do in Ghana
From surfing at deserted beaches, to hanging out with wild elephants, here are some of the top things to do in Ghana.

Lonely Planet ranks ultimate travel destinations in new list
Many of us have been forced to rethink travel plans in the wake of Covid-19, but if you're soothing your canceled-vacation-blues by daydreaming about future adventures, Lonely Planet's new "Ultimate Travel List" might be just what you need.

What happened on the Qantas flight to nowhere
Passengers share stories of what it was like on Qantas' scenic Great Southern Land flight, which took off from Sydney Airport and circled back seven hours later.

Tourists swarm China during Golden Week
Golden Week, one of China's busiest annual travel periods, provided a major test for the country as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. CNN's Selina Wang breaks down the economic boost the national holiday presented China.

Airbus has a plane with flapping wingtips -- and they just got even longer
The AlbatrossONE, a model based on the Airbus A321, is constructed from carbon-fiber and glass-fiber-reinforced polymers and has "semi-aeroelastic" hinged wing-tips that flex to reduce drag and turbulence.

Venice holds back the water for first time in 1,200 years
Sebastian Fagarazzi is used to moving his belongings around. As a Venetian who lives on the ground floor, every time the city faces acqua alta -- the regular flooding caused by high tides -- he must raise everything off the floor, including furniture and appliances, or risk losing it.

Why this space age airplane could change flying forever
It looks like something out of "Star Trek," and runs on a fuel experts once thought "crazy," but Airbus hopes that in 15 years we'll be flying into a greener future aboard this new zero-emission aircraft concept.

These countries are welcoming US tourists
A lot of the world has been shut off to American tourists as US coronavirus cases continue to rise. But at these destinations, a US passport still opens doors -- albeit usually with some Covid-19 testing requirements.

Fall foliage 2020: Map shows where you can expect to see peak fall colors
Curious when fall foliage will appear in all its glory in your area of the United States? See a fall foliage map for 2020 that will let you know where and when to see peak autumn colors.

A treasure hunter is accused of damaging a cemetery in Yellowstone National Park while searching for hidden treasure
A Utah man who authorities say was digging in a cemetery in Yellowstone National Park in hopes of finding the famed Forrest Fenn treasure has pleaded not guilty to federal charges.

This aviation startup is soaring ahead with hydrogen-powered planes
ZeroAvia's hydrogen technology could be the answer to aviation's environmental problems. Retrofitting existing planes, they expect to be flying passengers commercially by 2023.

This Mexican town has regained its 'magic' status
Mexcaltitán, a tiny island town near the Pacific Coast in Mexico, has regained its "magic" status. Find out why this flood-prone village casts such a spell on people who travel there.

America's longest domestic flight is back
Hawaiian Airlines is resuming its 5,095-mile service between Boston and Honolulu. At 11.5 hours, it's the longest domestic flight in the United States

Traveling to Italy during Covid-19
If you're planning a trip to Italy, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Traveling to Dubai during Covid-19
If you're planning a trip to Dubai, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Traveling to the Maldives during Covid-19
If you're planning a trip to the Maldives here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Norway pioneered electric ferries. Now it's making them self-driving
Norwegian startup Zeabuz has created a zero-emissions, self-driving electric ferry. As more cities look to boats for clean and cheap transport, autonomous ferries could revolutionize urban waterways. - RSS Channel - App Tech Section

A fourth-grader walked to school to use its WiFi because he didn't have internet at home
A fourth grader in Roswell, New Mexico, has been walking to his elementary school to do his classwork over the building's WiFi because he didn't have internet access at home.

Few lines but plenty of excitement as the iPhone 12 arrives in China
The iPhone 12 has arrived in China, and Apple fans are already lining up for it — just not necessarily at stores.

Buying an iPhone at the Apple Store will be different this year. Here's how
The new iPhone hits shelves on Friday, and that usually means fans lining up outside Apple Stores around the world.

Huawei's sales growth slows as US sanctions bite
Huawei says sales growth is sputtering, after Washington tightened restrictions and cut off the Chinese tech company's access to key technology.

Smart sensors could track social distancing in the office
Finding ways to maintain social distancing will be key to getting workers back into the office. An Israeli company thinks it can help, using smart sensors mounted on workplace ceilings.

Uber and Lyft must reclassify drivers as employees, appeals court finds
In a blow to Uber and Lyft, a California appeals court said Thursday that the companies must reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors, affirming an earlier court decision.

Nobody likes to have their phone stolen ... unless it's stolen by your own toddler in the middle of your TikTok dance. Video of an adorable theft delighted the internet and inspired people to post other babies (and a pet fox) swiping phones. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

iPhone 12 review: Upgrade for the camera, not 5G
Deciding whether — or when — to upgrade your smartphone is hard. Besides some attempts at swanky foldable phones, the look of smartphones hasn't changed much in recent years. Most improvements, while technologically impressive, mostly feel minor to the average consumer. But Apple's latest iPhone lineup has analysts predicting tons of upgrades.

Uber drivers sue over alleged 'pressure' to vote, advocate for Prop 22
For months, Uber drivers and passengers in California have received aggressive messaging in support of its controversial ballot initiative, Proposition 22.

Legendary Apple designer will work with Airbnb on future products
Airbnb announced it will be working with former Apple design chief Jony Ive on future products.

Ransomware hits election infrastructure in Georgia county
A Georgia county is ground zero for what may be the first ransomware attack to hit election infrastructure this political season.

Google's defense against antitrust lawsuit? You
In its two decades, Google has amassed a dizzying amount of power, building a search and advertising behemoth that many critics believe is an illegal monopoly. But the fact you get most of Google's services for free, and that many people seem to prefer them over alternatives, could -— Google hopes — save it from a landmark federal lawsuit challenging that alleged monopoly.

Why it's so hard to dethrone Google
If you use the internet, Google is practically inescapable. This is most evident in how we search for almost everything online — so much so that "Google" is synonymous with search.

iPhone 12 review: Upgrade for the camera, not 5G
Deciding whether — or when — to upgrade your smartphone is hard. Besides some attempts at swanky foldable phones, the look of smartphones hasn't changed much in recent years. Most improvements, while technologically impressive, mostly feel minor to the average consumer. But Apple's latest iPhone lineup has analysts predicting tons of upgrades.

Facebook's Oversight Board is finally hearing cases, two years after it was first announced
Facebook's court-like Oversight Board for appealing content decisions will now begin receiving cases, officials said Thursday, marking the launch of what CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised two years ago would be an independent accountability mechanism for the world's largest social media platform.

Facebook Dating is finally coming to Europe after privacy concerns delayed launch
Facebook has launched its dating service across 32 European countries after it was delayed for several months because of data privacy concerns.

Ant Group IPO gets the green light from regulators for its blockbuster listing
Ant Group — the crown jewel of billionaire Jack Ma's tech empire — is one step closer to its highly anticipated market IPO in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Tesla posts record profit and says it will sell half a million cars this year
Tesla reported by far its best quarterly profit Wednesday and said it still hopes to hit its target of half a million car sales this year.

NASA completed its first-ever mission to land on an asteroid 200 million miles from Earth.


Michael Crichton (1942)
While pursuing a medical degree at Harvard University, the intensely private Crichton began writing novels under a pseudonym. He published The Andromeda Strain during his final year and went on to write several best-selling works, many of which were made into films, including Jurassic Park and Congo. He unexpectedly died of throat cancer in 2008. While in college, he once submitted an essay by George Orwell under his own name as an experiment. What grade did he receive? Discuss

Franz Liszt (1811)
Liszt was a revolutionary figure of romantic music. Born in Hungary, he made his debut at age 9 and studied in Vienna with Salieri. After his father's death and a disastrous love affair, he almost gave up music for the priesthood. Nevertheless, "Lisztomania" swept Europe in the 1840s, and Liszt enthralled audiences with his astounding technique and grand, dramatic style of playing. Thereafter, he taught and composed prolifically. In 1861, he nearly married a princess but was thwarted—by what?

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917)
Considered one of the main innovators of bebop along with Charlie Parker, Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. His virtuosity and comic wit—in addition to his trademark puffed cheeks and 45-degree upturned trumpet bell—made him one of the most charismatic and influential musicians in jazz. Gillespie was once struck by a car while riding his bicycle. Though he was injured only slightly, a jury awarded him $1,000 because he could no longer do what?

This Day in History

The Hungarian Republic Is Officially Proclaimed (1989)
The defeat of the Central Powers in WWI brought the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary to an end and led to the creation of an independent Hungarian republic, which, in 1949, came under Communist control. Though a 1956 uprising was suppressed, Hungary became the most tolerant of the Soviet bloc nations of Europe and finally replaced Communism with a multi-party democracy with free elections in 1989. Hungary's relative freedom compared to other Eastern bloc countries led to what satirical nickname? Discuss

Final Attack by the Beltway Sniper (2002)
For three weeks in October 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo terrorized the Washington, DC, metropolitan area by shooting random victims from a distance. Ten people were killed and three others wounded in the spree, which was later linked to earlier shootings. Two days after killing their final victim, Muhammad and Malvo were arrested after being found sleeping in the car from which they had shot their victims. Before the arrest, the pair had planned to travel to Canada to do what?

Siad Barre Leads Coup to Become President of Somalia (1969)
Following the assassination of Somalia's president in 1969, a military coup installed Major General Mohamed Siad Barre as leader. His dictatorial administration was marked by human rights abuses and civil strife. Though he sought to end pervasive clan loyalties, warfare among rival factions intensified. In 1991, he was ousted. The country plunged into a civil war and has had no effective central government since. How did Siad Barre's regime terrorize the Majeerteen clan in particular?

Quote of the Day

W. Somerset Maugham
No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind. Discuss

Gilbert Chesterton
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.

Gustave Flaubert
Love...roots up the will like a leaf, and sweeps the whole heart into the abyss.