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African Storytelling Meets Comic Books With These New Superheroes

African superheroes are emerging, as comic book creators from the continent seek to change the meaning of diversity, bringing relatable characters and rich storytelling traditions to the increasingly popular industry.<p>Famed superheroes like Storm and Black Panther hail from the diaspora already, but …

Graphic Novels
Golden Globes

TV's winter season: Here are the premiere dates for 2016's new and returning shows

The dawn winter means it's time to hibernate and get caught up with all the new and returning television shows.<p>With plenty of new shows set to premiere over the next couple of months, it can be hard to keep track of just which show is airing when.<p>To make it a little simpler, Polygon has compiled …

A Guide to Watching the N.F.L. Playoffs

Here’s a tip for understanding the N.F.L. postseason — keep your eye off the ball.<p>Ninety percent of football action occurs away from the ball. Yet the television tetragon has trained viewers to focus on the pigskin, always looking at the quarterback. He’s one of 22. Most of the action is happening …

NFL

Bone-Dry California Is Turning To The Ocean For Water, But There's A Catch

A massive new plant that removes salt from sea water was just completed in Southern California. But the plant represents a hard choice in a state that is facing ever more dire water shortages.<p>The story of Southern California is, famously, one about water. And this week, a new chapter in that story …

Woman invents tent for refugees which can collect rainwater and store solar energy

This collapsible tent can collect rainwater, store solar energy could just change the lives of millions of refugees around the world.<p>The tent, which …

Why Creating A Meaningful Morning Routine Will Make You More Successful

For the majority of my child and adult life, I never considered myself a "morning person." I was a night owl. During my architecture school career I worked late through the night and slept in the mornings. When I started working at an Architecture firm, I conformed to getting up at 7 a.m... but I …

Productivity

The Changes One Trainer Made to Lose Weight After Years of Diet and Exercise | Women's Health

Dell Farrell/@becauseglutes<p>The Workouts<p>I started lifting heavy weights four days a week and giving my body extra time to recover. And when I wasn't strength training with my coach, I did cardio I actually enjoyed, like hiking or walking my dog.<p>I also started tracking every workout I did and changed …

HIV-Related Virus Has Existed in Primates for Millions of Years

Viruses related to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have infected Old World monkeys as far back as 16 million years ago, according to a new …

NFL Cuts 2015: Release Predictions for Some of League's Toughest Decisions

The onset of September means the arrival of cut season in the NFL, when teams show players the door for any number of reasons in an effort to meet league roster requirements.<p>Maybe it's a veteran who hasn't lived up to expectations. It could be a player who doesn't live up to his cost, always a …

Pictures of the Week 8.27.15

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Annual Tomatina Festival in Spain

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Festivals

Will New Orleans' $14.5 Billion Walls Stand Up to the Next Big Storm?

It’s not a question of if, but when.<p>Another Katrina-like hurricane, or worse, is out there, and for New Orleans the big questions are: How soon before the next one hits? How prepared will the city be?<p>“We’re dealing with probabilities here,” said Gerry Galloway, a retired Army Corps of Engineers …

New Orleans

Liquid water elsewhere in our solar system?

If so, where are we likely to find it? Could we ever get to it? Would we be able to drink it? A planetary geoscientist explains.<p>Science fiction …

White sky at night not a city bird's delight

Free-living songbirds show increased stress hormone levels when nesting under white street lights. But different light spectra may have different physiological effects as this study finds, suggesting that using street lights with specific colour spectra may mitigate effects of light pollution on …

Birds

Service members discharged for misconduct have much higher rates of homelessness, study says

Veterans whose behavior got them kicked out of the military have dramatically higher rates of homelessness than those who left under normal circumstances, according to a new study by researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs.<p>Among VA patients who served in Iraq or Afghanistan between 2001 …

Portal Lets You Use Your iPhone As A Wireless Thumbdrive

Portal, a recently launched Android app that lets you move large files between your computer and your smartphone via your Wi-Fi connection, has today made its way to iOS. The new version offers a better alternative to something like Apple’s AirDrop, for example, as it lets you transfer as many …

Apps

Fast Weight Loss Tips from a Celebrity Trainer

If you want the scale to tip in your favor, you have to vary your workouts and do exercises that you’re not particularly good at so your body stays …

7 Common Fitness Mistakes That Keep You From Losing Weight

You wouldn’t sleep through an entire semester of classes and expect to pass your finals with flying colors, would you? Well, dragging yourself to the …

Best Protein to Eat Before Every Workout

Though you may already know that what you put in your mouth before breaking a sweat can help you make it through your workout without getting …