This will 'hopefully' be in the next Update for Starbound, instead of the three buttoned Menu we have currently with no half decent Interface. this new one will allow you to Upgrade your ship, print things and show you your Tech you have unlocked.
This sounds amazing, but currently it has been posted about a lot. Each race will have it's own Avatar.
As for Modding news, i have been working on some new things, so just to prove i am actually working on it :D