Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
First it came for the hashtag. Now Facebook is eyeing Twitter’s dominance of the news and TV front with new tools that allow TV shows and news sites to use real–time comments and conversations from its users on their coverage of events. The two new tools, Keyword Insights API and Public Feed API, let broadcasters and news organizations find out how many Facebook users are talking about a subject.
The goal ahead for the Public Feed API, a real–time feed of public posts for a specific word or hashtag, is an obvious one: unseat Twitter as social media’s unofficial king of current affairs. But the second tool, Keyword Insights, which can add up all the posts mentioning a specific word, has another, more interesting use for the organizations. “It can also display anonymous, aggregated results based on gender, age and location,” says Justin Osofsky, VP of Media Partnerships and Online Operations at Facebook. Now that is a sophisticated analytics tool for media organizations that want to know how to reach certain audiences.
At the moment, the two tools are only available to “select partners.” These include Buzzfeed, CNN, NBC‘s Today Show, Sky TV, Slate, The Economist, and Mass Relevance. Here is a look at Buzzfeed’s first post using the Keyword Insights API to see how many people have been talking about Miley Cyrus as compared to Syria. Expect more partners to be announced in the coming months.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.