1. All in a day’s work: First, Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle helped save fellow big-wave rider Maya Gabeira from drowning in the ocean…

    …and then he surfed one of the biggest waves in history:

    Watch Burle ride this 100-foot monster

     

  2. Twenty-seven years ago today, on January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded during its 10th flight mission (STS-51-L), just 73 seconds after liftoff. The mission was originally scheduled to begin on January 22, 1986, but it had to be rescheduled several times before the Challenger finally departed from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 28. After the failure of an O-ring seal on one of the shuttle’s Solid Rocket Boosters, the vessel burst into flames and exploded. The tragic events were captured during a live broadcast, and all seven crew members lost their lives.  

    Today in history: Looking back at the 1986 Challenger Shuttle disaster

    Photo: NASA

     

  3. DC Comics has taken bold steps this year to diversify its comic-book world, introducing a new half-black and revealing that Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, is gay.

    And now, DC has revealed yet another milestone: The new Green Lantern is an Arab-American character Simon Baz.

     

  4. "There was a real villain" in that theater, "a gunman who shattered multiple lives. But there also were real heroes that night, and they weren’t Batman." 

    — Karin Klein from the The Los Angeles Times says Christian Bale doesn’t need to visit Colorado shooting victims

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

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  6. When 10-year-old Antoine Burks’ house in Louisville, Ky., caught on fire, his first instinct was to get outside. But standing out there, watching his home burn down, he realized that his 6-year-old sister Trinity was trapped in the flames. So he bravely dashed back in to get her.

    "I thought, if something bad happened to her, it might have been my fault, because I’m the big brother and I gotta protect her," he said.

    Sibling saviors: 7 brave kids who risked their lives for family