5 Things to Talk About Today

  • New York City's John F. Kennedy airport is building the world's first air terminal for animals. High-flying stallions and pampered pooches will have their own space to hang out when the $48 million, 178,000-square-foot shelter and quarantine facility opens next year. Paradise 4 Paws will handle more than 70,000 animals flying every year, including horses and cows, who will have climate-controlled stalls with showers; dogs with their own lounge in hotel suites featuring flat-screen TVs; cats with their own trees to climb; and even penguins, who will have a special space as well. — Yahoo News
  • Today marks the 46th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. On July 20, 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 made history by becoming the first spaceflight to land humankind on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were launched into space via the Saturn V at the Kennedy Space Center. The three-stage, 363-foot rocket used 7.5 million pounds of thrust to propel them into space and into history. — NASA
  • A college senior is changing the messaging game with new group platform Textr. Sam Getty from the University of Georgia developed a social messaging app that combines traditional texting and social media sites, with a focus on live messaging. "Textr gives people an easier way to talk about things as they happen. … If you see a cool article, you can post it and see what people have to say about it," says Getty. — Tech.Co
  • Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has pledged $100 million in the search for alien life. Speaking alongside cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Milner said the Breakthrough Listen project would be "the biggest scientific search so far for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth." The Internet mogul will work with a team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, over the next 10 years using two of the world’s most powerful telescopes: the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. The team will cover 10 times more of the sky than previous programs, including millions of stars closest to Earth. — Bloomberg
  • Developers can now build their own apps with Microsoft's new Visual Studio launch. The company's major update includes mobile development tools for targeting iOS, Android, and Windows, the ability to build cross-platform games and even an emulator for debugging Android applications. Developers can now port their apps to Windows 10 regardless of the platform they’ve been written for, making it easier to get the apps onto the company’s app store. — The Next Web