Cassie takes you behind the scenes at Comic Con and interviews the cast of Fox’s new show “The Gifted.” Watch what the actors have to say about bullying.

Arielle takes you behind the scenes on the set of The Situation Room, where students were put to the test in a White House setting.

 

 

This week’s Next Big Thing takes card games to a whole new level! Genesis is an augmented reality card game that allows characters on the cards to come to life — all you need is your smart phone and a set of table top cards. It was invented by two teens with a childhood dream to bring to life games like Pokemon and Mortal Kombat.

We want to know what you think — are augmented reality trading cards the Next Big Thing? Vote and tell us your opinion in the comments section below. Or submit your video comments to nbt@channelone.com. We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!

 

Imagine finding a pet that’s a match made in heaven. This week’s Next Big Thing is on a mission to help you do just that!

Several sites and apps are now using pet-matching algorithms that make it easier for people to choose their perfect pet. One of these sites, AllPaws, is free to use, and it works with local shelters to connect people with rescued pets up for adoption. Paws Like Me is another site that uses a personality assessment quiz and suggests pets based on criteria like activity level and who lives in your household.

The best part? You will not only be able to find your next four-legged best friend, but also make an impact by adopting an animal in need.

We want to know what you think — is pet matching the Next Big Thing? Vote and tell us your opinion in the comments section below. Or submit your video comments to nbt@channelone.com. We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!

 

The Syrian refugee crisis has been an ongoing global issue, and one humanitarian fashion startup is in a mission to help! ADIFF has created an all-gender, one-size jacket that serves multiple purposes– it turns into a tent, a sleeping bag, is reflective reversible and can be used as an inflatable flotation device. It’s durable, weatherproof and ready to be worn in different environmental conditions.

The design started as one college student’s thesis project, and is now aiming to change — and save– refugee lives! With any purchase from the brand, a portion of proceeds go towards donations to refugees.

We want to know what you think — is the tent jacket the Next Big Thing? Vote and tell us your opinion in the comments section below. Or submit your video comments to nbt@channelone.com. We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!

 

India is often known for majestic temples like the Taj Mahal and the colorful silk saris, song and dance of Bollywood films. But as one of the world’s oldest civilizations, and second largest in population with 1.3 billion people, it’s a country comprised of many languages, ethnicities, customs and religions. Learn about India’s history with the timeline below; then read about the country’s rich, diverse culture.

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Statue of garlanded Hindu god Krishna playing flute in Delhi, India.

India is home to a strict, centuries-old and complex social stratification system that determines one’s worth by the caste they’re born into. The higher the caste, the better the jobs, quality of life and level of respect received in society. The lower the caste, the more one is subjected to violence and poverty. The Dalit—also historically known as “untouchables,” are viewed by many as the lowest of the low. While the non-violent civil disobedience led by Mahatma Gandhi and subsequent affirmative action have contributed to increased rights and social advancement possibilities for lower castes and the Dalit, conflict between them still exists.

India is the birthplace of Hinduism, a religion the majority of the country practice. At a distant second, around 14 percent of the population adhere to Islam, followed by Christianity at around 2 percent. And although Buddhism was also established in India, not even one percent practice it there today.

Indians traditionally adhere to a joint family system of many generations living together with a male at the head of household, although urbanization and globalization have started to splinter the custom. Similarly, for centuries, arranged marriages—within one’s caste—have been the norm with many girls marrying before they’re eighteen. “Love marriages,” however, are increasing.

Both Indian men and women dress modestly, covering legs and shoulders with loose-fitting clothing. It’s common to remove one’s shoes before entering a home, temple or even some businesses.

India, Govardhan, November -06-2016:Street Food Vendors cooking and selling food stuff.

Cuisine varies in homes across India, but most meals star flavorful spices and curries. Other staples include vegetables, potatoes, rice, yogurt, and lentils, often eaten with thin breads like naan that serve as a utensil. Lamb, other meats and fish are also consumed.

Indians enjoy playing and watching cricket and field hockey, and excel in it internationally. Football (soccer) is also popular, and while yoga was invented in India thousands of years ago, it’s not as commonly practiced in the country today as one might think.

A range of holidays are observed throughout the year in India, but three national holidays include Independence Day from British rule, Republic Day celebrating the adoption of the constitution, and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

Despite being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, over 91 million people live in extreme poverty. About half of jobs are in the agriculture sector, and are dedicated to producing goods such as milk, rice, wheat and sugarcane. Beef is also a part of the economy, although religious objections in recent years have led to bans on the slaughter of cows in many areas. Jobs in manufacturing and construction are also prominent–around 11 percent of the economy respectively.