Who Speaks for Earth?
"After decades of searching, scientists have found no trace of extraterrestrial intelligence. Now, some of them hope to make contact by broadcasting messages to the stars. Are we prepared for an answer?"
posted by homunculus
on Jan 1, 2008 -
A Pale Blue Dot - An Unauthorized view.
Some time before he died in 1996, Carl Sagan recorded a partial audio version of his 1994 book "Pale Blue Dot". Often described as the "sequel" to Cosmos, the audio version of Pale Blue Dot is, at this moment, regrettably out of print.
This video is "episode one" of an unauthorized attempt at producing a series of videos based on Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" audio book combined with a soundtrack and appropriate video and still images intended to recall the feel of the classic documentary series "Ascent of Man" and "Cosmos"
posted by empath
on Jul 9, 2007 -
A Moment on Earth
: hundreds of pictures of different places on earth, all taken at exactly the same time (Flash Based).
On August 5th, 2004 at 12:00 Noon GMT, 60 filmmakers in over 40 countries and on all 7 continents captured a single "moment" on earth. The results were used to build a composite image of Iraq and the Pacific Ocean. By hovering over the composite image, the individual frames of the mosiac can be viewed along with details about the individual pictures.
posted by Mave_80
on Apr 18, 2007 -
Voyager's Golden Record
This is life on earth 1977 as it will appear when Voyager 1 meets life (ETA 40.000 years from now)... and finds a turntable.
Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2-a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record
-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds
and images selected to portray the diversity
posted by Bravocharlie
on Dec 13, 2006 -
Transit of Mercury again. here
Transit of Mercury again. Today -- and not for another seven years or so -- Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun, shwoing up a speck-like black circle. But don't look. Starting times, real-time visual, ways to see it and another caution are here. rotoman
posted by rotoman
on Nov 7, 2006 -
: on the 9th of September three Cambridge engineering students launched
a balloon equipped with a camera and tracking devices. It reached a height of 32km and took 857 photographs
during its three hour flight, some
showing the curvature of the earth. You can also download a KML file
to follow the balloon's flight path in Google Earth.
posted by jack_mo
on Sep 23, 2006 -
"Desktop Earth 2.0
is a wallpaper generator for Windows. It runs whenever you're logged on and updates your wallpaper with an accurate representation of the Earth as it would be seen from space at that precise moment."
The images are fantastic
. Oh, and it's free. (See similar - via digg).
posted by purephase
on Mar 10, 2006 -
Patriot Act used to arrest environmental activists
"Federal marshals arrested six environmental activists in a series of coordinated raids in four states yesterday, Dec. 8, in apparent response to a string of arsons in Oregon and Washington attributed to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF)" ... has the patriot act produced any arrests in the country related to 9-11?
posted by specialk420
on Dec 15, 2005 -
Global warming -- the upside:
the entrepreneurs poised to make millions from new ports and shipping lanes in the formerly ice-bound Arctic circle. A fascinating New York Times article on the international land-grab following the news (reported here
, discussed here
, whitewashed here
, et. al.
) that the polar ice caps and Siberian permafrost are melting. Goodbye Gulf Stream, hello Club Med Santa-style -- first SUV to the North Pole wins!
posted by digaman
on Oct 10, 2005 -
National Geographic has a special issue
on Africa out this month. There's also their Africa resource
posted by Gyan
on Sep 21, 2005 -
spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral on August 3, 2004 and returned to Earth for its first gravity boost
on the way to Mercury a year later on August 2, 2005. MESSENGER took hundreds of high-res digital photos during its Earth flyby
and they've been sequenced into an amazing movie
of Earth rotating over 24 hours as the spacecraft swung past at thousands of miles per hour.
posted by driveler
on Aug 30, 2005 -
“Negative eco-tourism from orbit.” Sprol shows the visual macroscopic effects of the decisions and behavior of our society. Since previous generations have not had the advantage of this perspective, it is our obligation to use it wisely.
posted by crunchland
on Jun 29, 2005 -
Google Earth: Zero Hour +1
If Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith was responsible for a productivity loss of $600 million (for people playing hooky), then the release of Google Earth has
to be responsible for at least $100m. So the next question is...what's next? When you think about all the Google Maps hacks, from craigslist
, to GasBuddy (offline), Chicago Crimestats
and Transit Maps
, London Traffic Cams
, various sight seeing sites
, NYC Subway Stops
, plus integration with BlogWise
(broken?), Yahoo Traffic
, and the US Census
, you might wonder what else could be integrated into gEarth?
Things I'm hoping for? How about integrating historical markers, daytrip resources, factory tours
, social demographics
(like Nationmaster), politics (fundraising
, election results
, registration, polling place location
, election irregularities
), mapped to do lists, real-time weather and traffic, things that aren't there anymore, custom atlas creation
, IMDB movie location shoots, tighter integration with topographical maps
, WiFi access Points
, a News Attention Index
, Job Searches
, and tighter integration with the USGS
As shown in the gEarth interface (left hand side, first one in "Layers"), their online community
is already working on using, improving, and customizing gEarth's new features, including some updates (Caution, requires the integration of *.kml file, *.eta, or *.kmz files.)
posted by rzklkng
on Jun 29, 2005 -