According to Syrian human rights groups and reports from the region, between 120 and 150 people were killed in a series of bombings in Syria yesterday. Terrorists from the radical Islamic group ISIS set off car bombs, suicide bombs and even launched rockets in three Syrian cities. The attacks targeted Alawite Muslims, a minority sect that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs to.
The cities targeted in the attacks—Jableh and Tartus—have been Assad strongholds up to this point, and have been relatively isolated from the violence of the country’s long-running civil war.
The bombings targeted civilians: In addition to striking a crowded bus station, another of the blast went off in the emergency room of a hospital. Discuss
Could there be extraterrestrial life in our own solar system? NASA has released the findings of a new study, theorizing that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a chemical balance similar to earth, so much so, that the conditions there may actually be enough to support life.
The new findings focus on the theory that there is a salt-water ocean beneath Europa’s ice-covered surface. The team looked at the known chemical traits of Europa, and determined that it’s possible that parts of its ocean floor may have opened up, releasing hydrogen. The team also found that radiation from the nearby planet itself may actually be able to release oxygen from ice molecules, giving Europa two essential ingredients for supporting life.
A scientist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab explained to The Independent, “The cycling of oxygen and hydrogen in Europa's ocean will be a major driver for its ocean chemistry and any life there, just as it is on Earth."
We might not have to wait too long to find out. The space agency is planning on sending a probe to Europa within the next 10 years. Discuss
The Chewbacca lady is having quite the week. Not only was she given the songify treatment from The Gregory Brothers, she also visited James Corden, for a very special carpool trip with another well-known Star Wars fan: JJ Abrams.
Texas worship leader Candace Payne became an unlikely Internet star after posting a video to Facebook Live that showed the complete and utter joy resulting from wearing a Chewbacca mask purchased from the Kohl’s department store.
The original clip has been viewed more than 140 million times, making it the most popular video on the Facebook Live platform. It was really only a matter of time before the autotune wizards converted the moment into a pop song.