NASA had what we can only imagine was a very tense hour or so earlier this morning, as a computer malfunction cut off communication between the International Space Station and Mission Control in Houston as of 9:45 EST. The glitch appears to have been a pretty benign and easily fixed one, and the ISS crew was back on the air by 11:00 EST. We're all left thanking our lucky stars that the dropped call from space seems well in hand, and that it didn't interfere with any of the crew's important tasks. This could have happened in the middle of a Google Hangout, for God's sake!
Rice University has issued a statement saying that Leticia Aguirre, a 48-year old Houston grandmother, is the nation's first user of "Super WiFi" technology. The technology has been in the works for some time and promises to better access to users in the future. Aguirre was already receiving Internet service through a community WiFi network that covered three miles, but apparently never received adequate access since she lived on the edge fo the network. This made her the perfect candidate for Super WiFi, since the technology is meant to provide more coverage than traditional WiFi.