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White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser

The White House struggled Tuesday to contain a widening crisis over its handling of domestic violence allegations against a senior official, as it reeled after sworn testimony by the FBI chief directly contradicted what President Trump’s aides had presented as the official version of events.<p>FBI …

Donald Trump

9 science-backed books that could change your life for the better in 2018

This year, like every year, most of us are trying to get more done, be happier, and have better relationships. Given the high levels of burnout across professions (50% by some accounts), we all could use some tools for higher efficiency and better self-care. The good news is that these 9 books …


A video game you've never heard of has turned three teens into multimillionaires — and it's just getting started

About three weeks earlier, Balfanz and his business partner had published a cops-and-robbers video game called "Jailbreak" on Roblox. Although Balfanz and his partner had created Roblox games before, "Jailbreak" was their first overnight success, hitting about 75,000 simultaneous players on the day …

Game Design

Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health

Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in …


Video Explores Scifi Trope of Women Who Are 'Born Sexy Yesterday'

It’s a tale as old as time— at least in science fiction. A beautiful woman wakes up in a scary new world, unable to grasp the basic day-to-day …

Louisiana's Governor Has Declared a State of Emergency

Louisiana’s low-lying coastlands are being devoured by rising sea levels. Every hour, a space the size of one football field is eliminated from …

United States
Rights & Freedoms

Lakes worldwide feel the heat from climate change

About 40 kilometers off Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, in the waters of Lake Superior, rises the stone lighthouse of Stannard Rock. Since 1882, it …

Global Warming
Fossil Fuels

What happens to political satire when the real world goes mad? ‘Veep’ is about to find out.

<b>On Nov. 8,</b> as the nation picked its 45th president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus spent the night observing a fake election.<p>The scene, filmed for an upcoming episode of the political comedy “Veep,” unfolded in what was supposed to be a polling station in a post-Soviet republic. Actors dressed as villagers — …


Scientists Found a Way to Use Nature to Kill Superbugs

Sugar For The Superbugs<p>Dealing with illness has never been easier in the history of our species. Whenever we feel a little under the weather, we find …


The misunderstood psychology of weight loss — how to lose 30 pounds in 2016

<i>An extremely effective fat loss and muscle-building blueprint anyone can use.</i><p>There’s a huge connection between physical wellness and mental clarity. …

See an Awesome Photo of the Super Blood Moon Eclipse at Old Faithful

NASA/Reuters<p>Adam Block—Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona<p>Terry Virts—NASA<p>Olav Jon Nesvold—EPA<p>NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI<p>NASA<p>Joel Kowsky—NASA<p>Kjell …


This 3D-printed car could be the future of sustainable auto manufacturing

<b>Local Motors is reinventing cars, and car-building, from the ground up, using 3D printing, carbon fiber, "Microfactories," and a wide range of</b> …

11 Totally Binge-Worthy Shows From 2015

It's binge-watching time!

The next Google Glass wearable, inside and out (photos)


China’s Xi tells grumbling party cadres: ‘Don’t talk back’

BEIJING — Careless talk could cost you your job. Especially if you bad-mouth the boss.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping has carried out the most far-reaching anti-corruption campaign in Communist Party history — and, at the same time, the harshest crackdown on free speech in decades.<p>Now he is tightening …


17 of the hottest European apps for Android

Europe may be lagging behind the American tech scene, but there's still a lot to be impressed by.<p>Sure, the US has Facebook, and Snapchat, and Twitter. But Europe has contributed some serious heavyweights to the modern app economy: Just take Sweden's Spotify. Or the British Citymapper. Or TomTom, …


Tennessee’s half-mile-long spider web shows how little we know about our surroundings

Spiderlings, growing up<p>Last week, residents of North Memphis, Tennessee, woke up to what most people would consider a pretty creepy surprise: a half-mile-long spider web on the grass near their homes. Local news station <i>WMC Action News 5</i>reported that "millions" of spiders had "infested" one of the …

University of Tennessee

Eight tabletop games to help you survive the holidays

Open box in case of emergency<p>We are standing on the brink of yet another holiday season, staring down the barrel of more family obligations than are perhaps medically advisable. Polygon is here for you, dear reader, with a list of potential tabletop games that could just save your life. Or at least …

Board Games

'Li-fi 100 times faster than wi-fi'

<b>A new method of delivering data, which uses the visible spectrum rather than radio waves, has been tested in a working office.</b><p>Li-fi can deliver internet access 100 times faster than traditional wi-fi, offering speeds of up to 1Gbps (gigabit per second).<p>It requires a light source, such as a standard …


Aftershock's Titan is a laptop with desktop parts

The Singaporean PC-maker this week released the Titan, which looks to be one of the most powerful laptops to hit the market yet.<p>The Aftershock Titan's name is no exaggeration. In fact, with specs that outstrip most desktop computers, it's shaping up to be one of the most beastly gaming laptops ever …


NASA's new spaceship looks sleeker than a sports car

SpaceX already has a contract with NASA to deliver supplies to the ISS, but now it has finally convinced the space agency that its Dragon spaceship can safely transport humans.<p>Take a look inside the sleek new space capsule that future astronauts will travel in.

Space Travel