Aug 27 2012

Astronauts mourn Neil Armstrong

Astronauts mourn Neil Armstrong's death on Twitter. CBS NEWS

 

The news of the iconic astronaut Neil Armstrong's death this weekend plunged American astronauts and spaceflyers around the world into mourning, with some expressing their sadness on Twitter.

Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon and commander of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar landing mission,  died at age 82 sue to complications from recent heart surgery, his family said. Armstrong had heart bypass surgery earlier this month to clear blocked arteries.

Many astronauts with NASA and other space agencies cited Armstrong as a major inspiration in their lives in their Twitter messages. Others reflected on the legendary astronaut's modesty, despite his global fame.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Neil Armstrong," wrote former astronaut Leroy Chiao (@AstroDude),  four-time spaceflyer and commander the International Space Station. "He was my childhood hero, who inspired me to become an astronaut myself." [Photos: Neil Armstrong - American Icon Remembered]

Former shuttle astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to fly in space, agreed.

"As young girl watching #NeilArmstrong step on the moon, the stars came a little bit closer & my world & expectations quite a bit larger," Jemison wrote as ?@maejemison.

Christopher Ferguson, the commander of NASA's last space shuttle mission (STS-135 in July 2011), was touched by Armstrong's modest demeanor despite his great feats in space.

"Today we lost a legend," Ferguson wrote Saturday as @AstroFerg." Neil was a source of personal inspiration and a humble and unassuming American hero."

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Aug 27 2012

Facebook Design Changes

Don't let Facebook's design changes trick you into sharing more info. TODAY

 

While a smidgen of lipstick won't make a pig win any beauty pageants, some design changes may affect how easily you hand information and control over to Facebook apps.

As guest writer Avi Charkham points out in a post on TechCrunch, the launch of Facebook's new App Center brought a redesigned app permissions page. While more visually appealing — though this is a matter of opinion — the new design bring some pesky changes that could trick you into exposing more personal info or granting more control to apps than you realize.

For example: The old app permission request page offered two buttons — "allow" and "don't allow — while the new one simple has one button (something along the lines of "play game"). This leaves some users unaware of the fact that they're about to offer an app access to information or the ability to post on their behalf. Of course, someone on Facebook's side of things could argue that the app permission page does indeed outline exactly which permissions you're granting an app when you use it, but — as Charkham points out — details are listed in a tiny grey font or only visible when you hover your mouse over a little question mark symbol.

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Aug 27 2012

Snakes On A Plane

Busted for Trying to Board Plane With 27 Snakes. YAHOO! NEWS 

 

A Brazilian man was arrested for trying to board a flight at Orlando International Airport while carrying 27 snakes that he'd wrapped in pantyhose and stashed away in inside stereo speakers, authorities said.Mateus Del Maso, Jr. checked the speakers as luggage, but they were inspected and the snakes hidden inside were discovered. The creatures never made it onto the aircraft.

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