To send man to the moon? Pffft, that was one of the great achievement of mankind in the 20th century, but the 21st century – we’re looking farther and farther away. Enter Mars One, a privately-funded company that intends to send humans to colonize the Red Planet by the time 2025 rolls around. Such an undertaking is more or less a one way trip, but it has seen quite an enthusiastic response, with more than 200,000 people signing up already to date. Mars One, however, must have been disappointed with the numbers since they were looking forward to at least 2,000,000 applicants. Still, there is a different plan that is being prepared by Mars One, that is, to launch an unmanned lander to the surface of Mars by the time 2018 rolls around.
This unmanned lander will be working in tandem with a geostationary satellite, where it will be able to provide the public with a live feed from the surface of Mars. It will take several years after that for the colonists to arrive if all goes well, such a live connection would be able to show those of us on earth just how life on Mars would be like. Another reality show that is set to experience high ratings, except that it will be a setting that takes place far, far away from the comforts of our living room.
Earlier this morning, we talked about how the redesigned Facebook news feed might not jive with just about everyone (hey, do you know how difficult it is to please every Tom, Dick and Harry? Ask the politicians, and they will relate their experiences to you), but hopefully the latest staggered rollout of their new “Like” and “Share” buttons will be a pleasing experience for most. The new designs ought to be made visible across all websites that make use of the buttons, and these are subtle changes, mind you, and not something that will look out of the ordinary the moment you lay your eyes on it.
Facebook mentioned over in a blog post that the new look for the buttons has managed to achieve the objective of increasing the overall number of Likes and Shares by more than 5% ever since the rollout kicked off in November. The blog post mentioned, “Based on these results, we’ve rolled out the new design to everyone and extended it to the Follow and Like Box plugins as well.” Of course, I am also quite sure that this kind of generalization does not hold true for all users, but who knows? Facebook has also performed a change to its recently launched embedded posts feature, letting users set the width of any post that they like to embed to a website, ranging from 330 pixels all the way to a far wider 750 pixels.