This interstellar visitor was not an alien spacecraft, researchers say

(CNN)On October 19, 2017, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii spotted something strange zooming through our solar system. It turned out to be a visitor from beyond our solar system, and several of its odd features still confound astronomers. But the shape, 10 times as long as it is wide, has never been seen before. This complex and convoluted shape means the object varies incredibly in brightness. At first, astronomers thought the rapidly moving faint light was a comet or an asteroid that had originated in our solar system. But based on its orbit, the astronomers realized that the object came from interstellar space. They acted fast, and multiple telescopes focused on the object for three nights to determine what …

Start your Monday smart: Mother’s Day, Julian Assange, Trump’s records, Russian hacking, Eurovision spotlight

(CNN)Happy Mother’s Day to moms everywhere!Andvirtual hugs to those whose moms are not with them. Here’s what else you need to know toStart Your Week Smart. TODAY US wants to make an example out of Julian Assange, friend says TUESDAY • Trump’s financial records. President Donald Trump’s fight with Congress over his financial records is on a fast track — with a hearing set to weigh the major legal issues. His legal team has sued to stop a firm subpoenaed by Congress from turning over the records. The Democratic-led House is investigating Trump, his administration and his businesses.  Online platforms scramble to remove terror attack videos THURSDAY • Russian hacking in Florida. The FBI will brief Florida members of Congress on reported hacking attempts by Russian intelligence. Officials have said …

In the past 6 weeks, churches, mosques and a synagogue have been attacked

(CNN)In the past six weeks, churches, mosques and a synagogue have been targeted in a series of shootings and bombings spanning three countries. The violence is a grim reminder that prejudice knows no borders and threatens people of different skin colors and religions. In a statement, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, condemned such attacks and the motives behind them. “Creating divisions between people because of how they pray, what they look like and what they believe is the life’s blood of extremists,” Greenblatt said. “Faith groups of all kinds must stand up with each other and reject not only the violence, but also the destructive narratives that seek to drive a wedge between them whenever and wherever they …

It feels like a lifetime since Tiger was last on top. Here’s how the world has changed since then

(CNN)Tiger Woods made one of the greatest comebacks in sports when he won the Masters on Sunday. In 2014, ISIS captured global attention when it announced the creation of a so-called caliphate — an Islamic state led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that would span Iraq, Syria and beyond. The terror group attracted thousands of would-be jihadists from around the world with its social media recruiting tactics. At the height of its power, it reigned over an area the size of Portugal, with nearly 8 million people under its rule. Last month, ISIS lost its final physical stronghold in Syria, bringing an end to the caliphate — though experts argue the terror group is still a threat. A black man was …

Kenyan teacher who gives away 80% of his salary is awarded a $1M global prize

(CNN)A math and physics teacher from rural Kenya, who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor, has won a $1 million prize. He guided the school’s science club, in which students now compete in national and international competitions. The mathematical science team qualified to compete the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair this year in Arizona. His students also won an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry after using local plant life to generate electricity. “Everyday in Africa we turn a new page and a new chapter. Today is another day,” Tabichi told the foundation. “This prize does not recognize me but recognizes this great continent’s young people.” Tabichi’s students face many challenges, including food …

After Spending Months In The Hospital, The Worlds Smallest Surviving Premature Baby Has Been Finally Sent Home

The toughest guys aren’t always the biggest ones. In fact, sometimes, it’s the contrary. Five months ago, a preemie baby boy was born in a Tokyo hospital. But not only was this baby born prematurely at the 24th week, which is 16 weeks earlier than a regular pregnancy period lasts… But he weighed a record-breaking 9.45 oz (268g). The baby was so small and light, that he could have easily fit into a pair of hands. The chances of survival were little, but after months of intensive care, the ‘mini miracle’ proved that he’s born a champion and giving up is not on the menu. He had grown to weigh 7 lbs (3.2 kg) and finally was released home. 9.45oz …