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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Worked! Researchers Say Viral Fundraiser Was Responsible For A Major Gene Discovery!

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The power of the Internet!

Back in 2014, it seemed like everyone was pouring ice water on themselves and uploading it to the internet for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Not only did this viral charity challenge made a big splash with raising ALS awareness, but it's also responsible for scientists making a MAJOR discovery about the nervous system disease!

The ALS Association credits money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a common gene that contributes to the progressive disease.

Photo: Nick Jonas Treats Diabetic Children To A Night Of Fun!

Some of the $100 million raised by the 2014 challenge helped fund a global effort called Project MinE — which aimed to find the genetic drivers of the condition.

According to a paper published this week in the journal Nature Genetics, Project MinE researchers have identified a connection between ALS and the NEK1 gene, which will help in developing new target therapy for the disease!

AH-Mazing! Who knew watching all those celebrities getting water dumped on them would actually lead to a scientific breakthrough?

Now all we have to do is come up with viral charity challenges for everything else out there!

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NBA Legend Michael Jordan Donates MILLIONS, Saying He 'Can No Longer Stay Silent' About Gun Violence & Police Brutality!

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This is really powerful.

Unable to stay silent any longer in the face of multiple instances of unnecessary deaths of black men at the hands of police officers, as well as the horrific, targeted killings of officers in response, NBA superstar Michael Jordan has brought his voice to the conversation, and it is sobering.

Related: Taraji P. Henson & More Celebs React To Philando's Death

Jordan penned a piece for The Undefeated in which, acknowledging that, as the son of a victim of gun violence — Jordan's father was murdered two decades ago in a crime that has never been solved — he is looking for a solution to the recent stories of police brutality and horror.

Jordan wrote:

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Nick Jonas Treats Diabetic Children In Boston To A Night Of Fun — Cute Deets HERE!

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Wow, what a sweet gesture!

On Wednesday night, Nick Jonas treated a group of diabetic fans from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston to an incredible evening of entertainment and good times.

Related: Demi Was NOT A Fan Of Nick's Ex Olivia Culpo!

Nick, who is diabetic himself and even received treatment at the center when he was a teenager, gave each of the kids (who ranged in age from 9 to 17) a FREE SUITE from which they could watch his July 20 concert. Jonas also took time out of his busy schedule to talk to the group about their diagnoses and his own experiences with the disease.

An observer at the event noted that the 23-year-old couldn't have been more humble and gracious with his guests, revealing:

"He was super sweet – he was super focused on them. He shook all their hands when he walked in and asked them when they were diagnosed."

How kind. We imagine this was an especially tender event for the performer considering he knows EXACTLY what the patients are going through.

A doctor from the renowned center went on to add:

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Mariah Carey & Naomi Campbell Spice Up The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala In Plunging Dresses

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Naomi and Mariah party with Leonardo.

Leonardo DiCaprio always has the best guest list!

Mariah Carey and Naomi Campbell were among the illustrious attendees of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala in St. Tropez Wednesday night.

Related: Mariah Wears A Nightgown Dress In Public

Surprisingly, both divas kept it relatively chill in the wardrobe department.

Even though Naomi's dress was low-cut and worn sans bra, it didn't quite have the va-va-voom factor of so many of her past outfits.

And MiMi showed up in a simple black gown with sexy thigh slit. Nothing ostentatiously sparkly?! We're honestly shocked.

Oh wait, she had on silver glitter Christian Louboutin pumps.

That's better.

[Image via AKM-GSI/AP Images.]

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Bastille Day Attack: Ruby Rose Is Donating Money From Her French DJing Show To The Victims

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Ruby wants to help.

Ruby Rose wants to do what she can to help the victims of the horrific attack in Nice.

On Thursday, a truck deliberately drove into a crowd that had gathered in the French Riviera town to celebrate Bastille Day, killing 84 people and injuring many others.

Related: Celebs React To The Bastille Day Attack

Devastated by the terrible tragedy, the Orange Is The New Black alum wants to do her part.

On Friday, the gorgeous gal — who was DJing a show in France that night — took to Twitter to express her heartbreak about the senseless violence, writing:

She also added that she would be donating the money she made during her Electrobeach Festival set to the victims, posting:

The Netflix actress also shared a special snap from the show:

She also took to Instagram to further express her love and support for the grieving nation:

We love that Ruby is doing her part to help the victims, and our hearts are with everyone affected during this difficult time.

[Image via Instagram.]

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