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New crew heads for space station

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 6 April, 2011 - 11:31pm

The crew included a veteran NASA astronaut Ron Garan, and two new cosmonauts named Andrey Borisenko, and Alexander Samokutyaev.
The space flyers lifted off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome at 6:18 p.m. EDT (2218 GMT), on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft commonly known as Gagarin.
The space carrier has been named after the Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin.
The three space men are scheduled to stay on the International Space Station for six months. They will be joining the other three members, who are already living in the orbiting laboratory.
About Ron Garan
Ron Garan is an American astronaut, who lives in Yonkers, New York. This will be his second trip to space, as he had earlier traveled to space in space shuttle Discovery on STS-124 mission, in 2008.
Ron will be joining the crew as an Expedition 27 and Expedition 28 flight engineer.


Gmail Motion April fool prank becomes reality?

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 6 April, 2011 - 11:26pm

Some researches from USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies took the joke as a serious challenge, and developed the “Gmail Motion” for real.
What is Gmail Motion?
Motion sensor gaming is becoming more and more popular each day, and the perfection of Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect and Sony PS3 Move has been amazing.
Some companies are also working towards making this facility available on television and computers. That’s why most of us got deceived by the Google joke.
The Gmail Motion spoof claimed that users can type letters and send e-mail with full-body movements.
Gmail Motion has been developed
But, while most of us were fooled by the joke, Evan Suma, a post-doctoral researcher from University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies uploaded a video on Youtube that demonstrated the gesture enabled Gmail.