Things you should know today: 7/26/18


Man explodes small bomb outside US Embassy in Beijing

Chinese officials work near the site of a reported blast just south of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, injuring only himself on the hand. The man was identified only by his surname, Jiang, and is a 26-year-old Tongliao city native. The motive for his attack was not clear and the investigation is still ongoing. He was the only person involved in making the explosive device, which was crafted from fireworks and went off at about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Mass funerals held in southern Syria day after IS attacks

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, mourners attend a mass funeral of people killed a day earlier by a series of suicide bombings launched by the Islamic State’s fighters on the eastern and northern countryside of the southern province of al-Sweida during a in al-Sweida, Syria, Thursday, July 26, 2018. A Syrian government official says the death toll from coordinated Islamic State attacks on a usually peaceful city and its countryside has climbed to 216, in the worst violence to hit the area since the country’s conflict began. (SANA via AP)

Syrian mourners attended a mass funeral for at least 216 people killed in an attack coordinated by the Islamic State, the worst attack on the area since the country’s conflict began. Militants also kidnapped at least 18 people, at least 14 of which activists believe were women who are being used as hostages and sex slaves. The violence targeted the city of Sweida and surrounding villages, which are usually peaceful cities near the countryside. The mass funeral was held in Sweida where mourners dressed in black and gathered to pay their respects.

Einstein’s theory of relativity passes yet another test

This artist’s impression provided by the European Southern Observatory in July 2018 shows the path of the star S2 as it passes close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. As the star gets nearer to the black hole, a very strong gravitational field causes the color of the star to shift slightly to the red, an effect of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. European researchers reported the results of their observations in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (M. Kornmesser/ESO via AP)

Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity has passed yet another test after more than a century since it was proposed. European researchers observed a fast-moving star traveling near a monstrous black hole. The black hole distorted the star’s light waves in a way that agrees with Einstein’s theory. The theory says the fabric of the universe is not simply space, but a more complex entity called space-time, which is warped by the presence of heavy objects. Black holes are a good way to test that idea, and so far, no one has been able to overthrow Einstein’s theory.

Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has been dismissed of all felony accounts for a disorderly conduct violation. As part of a plea deal, he will have to do 5 days of community service, pay restitution for the damage to the bus, and enter anger management evaluation.

A new Key & Peele episode called “French Restaurant” was released on Comedy Central’s YouTube channel that is #3 on Trending. The episode humorously depicts a man on a date who overplays his hand when he suggests that he’s knowledgeable about French cuisine.

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