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The Odd Thing About the World's Deepest River

Africa's Congo River claims many titles, including being home to the highest number of unique species in the world.<p>The Congo River in Central Africa is one of the world's great rivers, carrying 1.25 million cubic feet of water—more than 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools—into the Atlantic Ocean every …

The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid

‘Microbiome’ is a word you’ve probably been reading everywhere—and it’s only the beginning.<p>As Americans, we love the concept of …

Dems blast GOP move on Confederate flag amendment

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Republican leaders decided to yank a bill on Thursday that would have allowed Confederate flags in federally run cemeteries. The decision comes on the same day South Carolina decided to remove the flag from its own state capitol.<p>The move came after House Democrats blasted …

Obama Administration

Iraq War Veteran Stuns ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judges With ‘Amazing’ Performance: ‘Beyond Words’

Iraq War veteran Noah Galloway left the judges stunned during the “Dancing With the Stars” season finale Monday night, performing a dance that received a perfect 40/40 score.<p>Galloway served in the U.S. Army and lost his arm and leg in an IED attack. He is paired with Sharna Burgess this year on the …

BB King's 25 best songs

Soul Music

Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

Physiology

Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

Amending the US constitution: the political rarity that's suddenly in vogue

Despite their all too obvious differences, one surprising policy unites the Democratic and Republican candidates for president: almost all of them want to change the US constitution.<p>From Bernie Sanders on the left to Ted Cruz on the right, seven of the eight politicians who have declared they are …

Government

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Reshape Skylines

They go up, down, and all around<p>With the debut of passenger elevators some 150 years ago, cities were forever changed. Freed from the tyranny of stairwells, architects built as high as they liked. That is, until they ran into another barrier: the weight of steel cables. A new elevator design from …

Engineering

Hacking North Korea

It can be hard listening to the stories of people who have escaped from North Korea -- or, to give its official name, the Democratic People's …

30 Brilliant Ways to Organize and Add Storage to Laundry Rooms - DIY & Crafts

Rolling Laundry Basket Dresser<p>This rolling laundry basket dresser is a great way to organize the laundry room and save yourself a bit of time when …

Cool DIY Dining Room Floating Shelves

If you need a good storage that won’t look bulky, try to make these floating shelves. The supplies are two 2″ x 3″ x 8′ pine boards, ripped down to: …

Weekly poll results: which Android weather app do you use?

Weather apps are like weather conditions: they're different everywhere<p>We'll be digging into weather apps in a few weeks, but before we do, we wanted …

5 American Cities You Should Visit In 2015

In 2014, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Richmond were the coolest place to be. But with a new year brings a new set of cities to add to your bucket list. Luckily, we've found some surprising spots Americans are trekking to most, courtesy of Hotels.com's Hotel Price Index.<p>Whether it's a small-ish town …

A look at the Android Central editors' homescreens

Home sweet home<p>On Android, your homescreens are so much more than a grid of icons. Whether you want to keep things sparse and tidy, or file every app …

Apps

Best Android Launchers in 2018

The way we arrange, organize, and interact with our apps on Android is called the launcher. Launchers usually consist of a series of home screens, …

Operating Systems

The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture

Improve a less-than-stellar piece with paint, patience, and my tricks. I had the oops moments; now you can learn from them.<p>There's no shortage of tutorials about painting furniture online. And I've used a lot of them to paint dressers, console tables, chairs, mirrors, and more. But I have found …

JBL’s new Bluetooth speaker brings the features — and the price tag

When I reviewed the first-generation JBL Charge back in 2013, I called it a “colorful pill of a speaker that looks almost like, as an accessory, it leaped out of a new iPod touch commercial.” I loved it for its clear, crisp sound that was loud enough to shake most rooms: It delivered the sound …

Audiophile

Meet Monemvasia, A Hidden 'Fortress Town' Perched On An Island In Greece

Discovering a secret town? Well that's one way to get off the beaten path.<p>We've seen a few hidden towns in our day (mostly in America), but never one quite as beautiful as the town of Monemvasia, Greece.<p>Perched on an island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia's name means "single …

How We Did the Maldives on the Cheap

Come on, dream with me for a moment. Imagine you're on a beach. You're lying in a hammock, body as loose and floppy as a rag doll. The soft strains of playful island music kisses your ears, its provenance indeterminable. Your skin is warm to the touch -- the sun gilds it with its penetrating golden …

6 Things You Can Learn From The Happiest Place On Earth

We all know that the U.S. guarantees the pursuit of happiness, but if you’re interested in seeing what it looks like <i>after</i> the pursuit, you might want to book a ticket to Fiji.<p>Residents of the verdant South Pacific nation have got feeling good down. A 2014 WIN/Gallup International poll of countries …