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A NASA robot that's been waiting patiently in the International Space Station since February was finally powered up yesterday. The Robonaut 2 Helper Droid, or R2 (no relation to D2) is the first humanoid robot in space. The hope is that it will eventually serve as a helper to astronauts. NASA operators from Mission Control in Houston cheered after they awakened R2 remotely. "Robonaut behaved himself," deputy project manager Nicolaus Radford told the Washington Post. "Oh, Robonaut definitely got an 'A.' He won't be held back a grade, if that's what you want to know." R2 is not only good in school, he/she is unsurprisingly quite tech-savvy and very active on Twitter. R2 has already send thousands of tweets to its 37,000 plus followers from its @AstroRobonaut account. Once R2 was up and running, it tweeted, "Those electrons feel GOOD! One small step for man, one giant leap for tinman kind." The 3 foot 4 inch robot then tweeted a photo of the space station writing, "This is what I see right now. Sure wish I could move my head and look around." Though R2 was awakened this week, it won't be able to turn its head or move its arms until next week. Do you think NASA should be spending money developing the new 'bot? Share your opinion on Facebook and Twitter!
Actor Ryan Gosling is being called a "super hero" after a video of him surfaced on YouTube this weekend. The video captures two men fighting over a painting on the streets of New York City. Just when it looks like the fight is about to get physical, Ryan Gosling sweeps in seemingly out of nowhere to save the day! The Notebook star broke up the fight, and then went on his way. The reaction across social media from women is summed up in one word: swoon. One tweeter even asked, "Why does Hollywood keep trying to reinvent the Superman franchise when it's clear that Ryan Gosling is already living it?"
Gosling isn't the only celebrity coming to the rescue. Kate Winslet reportedly saved the mother of Richard Branson, the billionaire who owns Virgin Atlantic Airways and his own Caribbean island. This week lightning and high winds from tropical storm Irene hit Branson's home on the island and set it on fire. That's when Winslet, who was staying at the house, sprang into action. She saved her two young children, and according to Branson, swept his mother "into her arms" to get her to safety. A thankful Branson was staying at a seperate house on the island. He posted pictures and video of the fire on his blog. He also tweeted to his 1.2 million followers that he was "huddled up with family and friends…realizing what really matters in life." Luckily, no one was hurt in the blaze.