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.”
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. https://t.co/sGYv2tcrMX
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.
This summer will have some great opportunities for star-gazing, starting tonight with the annual Delta Aquarids meteor shower. Thursday and Friday will be the best the peak nights of the meteor show that started last week, according to the American Meteor Society.
If you're wondering what the meteor shower is, NASA explains it as:
The Delta Aquarids (Southern Delta Aquarids) are a meteor shower that occurs each year from mid-July to mid-August. The shower results when Earth passes through the debris fields left by two sungrazing comets, Marsden and Kracht, that broke apart in space. The meteor shower gets its name because the radiant appears to originate near Delta Aquarii, one of the brightest stars in the constellation Aquarius.
Sky watchers can find the shower by looking for the Aquarius constellation, that sort of looks like someone pouring out a jug of water. The shower should be visible to people throughout North America and the best times to watch are late in the night up until sunrise.
In 2014, NASA said the best time to see this shower would be two hours before dawn in each respective time zone, and it's been seen with a telescope or long camera lens. Discuss
National Geographic's popular show, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, will have a season two early next year, according to Variety.
The six-episode miniseries features Freeman traveling around the world to answer questions about the different faiths and how people worship. The first season was Emmy nominated and sought to explore topics like "Who is God?," "Why Does Evil Exist?," and "Beyond Death," among other things.
Freeman, who is a Christian and executive produces the show along with hosting it, traveled to 20 cities in seven countries and looks forward to continuing the journey.
I had quite a journey last season, but not just in miles covered. I met incredible people who opened my eyes and my mind to new ideas and new ways of thinking about faith, the world and all of humanity. I barely scratched the surface of what we can learn, and I’m looking forward to continuing this search for the meaning of life and religion and everything in between.
The first season was National Geographic's most watched show for every episode. Discuss
Netflix has released a first look at its upcoming season of Gilmore Girls, and, if this trailer is any indication, it will have everything you loved about the series: sentimental reflection, relational drama and, oh yeah, dry, weird humor. The new season drops on Nov. 25. Discuss
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
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