It's been one hell of a week, and we all can be forgiven for being glued to Twitter, the Boston Globe, and CNN (ok, not CNN). But while you were watching the unfolding nightmare in Boston and the horror in West, Texas, some pretty important things happened around the world this week -- news that would have made the front pages had not everything been BREAKING. Here, we've put together the most important news you missed.
Before we dive into the serious stories, here's something fascinating: Scientists NASA's Ames Research Center found two planets outside the solar system that are capable of supporting life. Dubbed the most "earth-like" planets known, they both orbit the star Kepler 62, 1,200 light-years from Earth, and may have liquid water and surface temperatures similar to our planet. But as scientists in Colombia pointed out, many planets that seem habitable from afar could lack the essential component of a protective magnetic field -- so don't get your hopes up.