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Her strong, soulful voice and experimental production mix with captivating results, but her music matters for a much bigger reason.
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This morning on Twitter, actor Chris Pratt encouraged his 3.58 million followers to pray for a young boy suffering from brain cancer, after a fan reached out. @SpencerHodenett tweeted, “@prattprattpratt would love a RT asking followers to say a prayer for a 4 yr old fan. Psalm 107:28-30; MT 21:21”.

In response, Pratted tweeted, “The power of prayer saved my son. This boy Sam needs a miracle. Say a prayer for Sam. Even if you never have b4.Try.” When asked, “how so?” by another Twitter follower, Pratted tweeted, “Lord I pray for Sam. May you put your healing hand on him father. May his family find grace in this difficult time.”

Back in 2012, Chris Pratt’s own son was born prematurely, spending a month in intensive care. He explained to People magazine,

We were scared for a long time. We prayed a lot … It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it. The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect.

The best segment of The Late Late Show will now become a stand-alone TV show, available exclusively to subscribers of Apple Music. However, even though the format will basically be the same—celebrities driving around in a car, singing songs and joking around—current host James Corden won’t be on the show. Instead, the series will feature the same format, but with a new, yet-to-be announced DJ behind the wheel.

Apple Music may seem like a strange fit for the series, but Apple’s Eddy Cue explained to The Hollywood Reporter that they are open to hosting video content that fits with Apple Music’s overall brand. He told THR,

We’re not in the business of trying to create TV shows. If we see it being complementary to the things we’re doing at Apple Music or if we see it being something that’s innovative on our platform, we may help them and guide them and make suggestions. But we’re not trying to compete with Netflix or compete with Comcast.

Carpool Karaoke isn’t the only commuting-based singing show in the works. Spike TV will air a new show called Caraoke Showdown, in which Craig Robinson drives random people around a car as they compete in a singing competition. Discuss

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OK, so this is gross. But it could also be really important: We've all heard the survival tips about drinking your urine if you're ever trapped without water, but now scientists have figured out a way to make that significantly less disgusting.

Researchers at the University of Ghent in Belgium created a solar-powered machine that can filter urine into drinkable water.

The filtering process involves collecting the water in a tank that's heated by a solar-powered boiler. It removes 95 percent of the ammonia, then is filtered again to separate the water from nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, which can be used to make fertilizers.

The process was tested at a 10-day music festival in Ghent and successfully got more than 260 gallons of water that they plan to turn into beer.

The ultimate goal would be to get these purification machines into rural areas and developing countries that have limited access to clean water.

This isn't the first research done in how to use urine for the greater good. Researchers at the University of the West of England just received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a device that uses urine to generate electricity. Discuss

At least 44 people were killed and 12 more injured when two bombs ignited in the mostly Kurdish town in Syria called Qamishli. ISIS is believed to be behind the attack. According to reports from the area, a truck packed with bombs and a motorcycle armed with more bombs, drove into the town, and blew up several buildings.

ISIS has been engaged in on-going battles with Kurdish forces—who are backed by the U.S.—as part of the country’s long-running civil war. Discuss