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.)
A space ring around earth
is envisioned as a means to bring down global warming. I couldn't help but think of "scorching the sky" à la Matrix.
say that a large gamma ray explosion
within our own galaxy may have triggered a mass extinction hundreds of millions of years ago.
Hole Drilled to Bottom of Earth's Crust, Breakthrough to Mantle Looms
--Should we be doing this? What will happen?
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) seeks the elusive "Moho," a boundary formally known as the Mohorovicic discontinuity. It marks the division between Earth's brittle outer crust and the hotter, softer mantle.
(the creamy nougat center?)
is an interesting JAVA web-app offered by NASA which gives a 3D interactive display of over 500 satellites currently orbiting the Earth.
World Sunlight Map.
A neat little map showing the encroaching blob of darkness as parts of the world slip in and out of nighttime.
Use the free 7 day trial while it's available!
This lil program lets you zoom in pretty darn close on just about any spot in the world. And it is FREAKING COOL. I don't have much better commentary than that, sorry. You can zoom around to your favorite locations, tilt the camera, show all road names, rotate views - and once you've got a bunch of stuff plugged in its really neat to just click between them and watch the flyby.
I can't believe this isn't a double post, but couldn't find it on search. Have fun!
a part in the new Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie, by submitting to The Guide, a photograph of the place on Earth you think most deserves to survive the planet's inevitable destruction. Deadline: Friday 25 June 2004
Chicago is sinking
at the rate of about a millimeter a year(or about 4 inches per century), and it's being caused by melting Canadian glaciers that cause the land to shift.
Global Dimming?!? In the second half of the 20th century, the world became, quite literally, a darker place.
Defying expectation and easy explanation, hundreds of instruments around the world recorded a drop in sunshine reaching the surface of Earth, as much as 10 percent from the late 1950's to the early 90's, or 2 percent to 3 percent a decade.
Has anyone been following this
? Heat I might do without for a while, but I've grown very fond of light.
A beautiful photograph of Earth
Some eye candy to cheer up your Friday
NASA thinks we can find another Earth
in another nearby star. When we do, how can we possibly travel light-years to get there? It might not be as hard as you'd think . . .
The Blue Marble
... true color global imagery at 1km resolution.
Pale Blue Dot:
The Earth and Moon as photographed from Mars. Just in case you needed a bit of perspective.
Have you ever wondered...
Just how long would it take to travel through a theoretical hole
to the other side of the earth? Apparently 42 minutes.
Happy Earth Day.
We probably need an all-encompassing post. So post your links here. Find local events here
(hint: they're not all taking place today, many are this upcoming weekend). Do something for the future generations.
Step above it all for a moment,
and take a look at stunning images of the planet as seen through the eyes of the Landsat-7 satellite. Select an area of the globe, or view an index
of the images.
How on Earth was this image made?
Here is an opportunity for you to play image detective. How on Earth was this image made? Is it a painting, or a map? Is it a photograph? If so, was it taken from a high-flying aircraft, or from outer space? Is it a satellite image, or possibly even something else? Click to read the feature article
when you’re ready to check your answer. (cheers, lagado
Cigarette filters don't want to go away. A sigh of releaf from the smokers except our lovid earth. Not as harmless as the Everlasting Gobstopper, eh.
The word biodegradable doesn't warrant interest from the companies
. The gov should be able to protect us...maybe they sponsor the grassroot
with all the money made.
Planet Earth as abstract art
Hot on the heels of Geology from Space
and Earth Erotica
comes this exhibit honoring the 30th anniversary of the Landsat satellite progam
. 41 images from space - chosen for "artistic appeal"
over scientific significance - include glaciers
and Karman vortices
. Some are even poignant
Shuttle Views the Earth:
Geology from Space. Also see the Human Imprints
set. [via milov
Mother Earth is Lookin' Good These Days
--Maybe I just have a lack of culture, but I didn't know anything about earth erotica photography
. Also didn't know if I should be viewing the site
Do you feel a little lighter when you go to visit your Aunt Betty in Poughkeepsie? Maybe this gravity map
can shed a little light on the subject.
From the Earth to the Moon
by Jules Verne: A capital idea. Why did we not fasten a thread to our projectile, and we could have exchanged telegrams with the earth?
. Bad idea, said Jules. Great idea
, says NASA.
It's big, it's bad, and it's due in 2019. Dammit, who's going to rock me to sleep tonight? [via /.]
Solar System Akin to Earth's Is Discovered
Any minute now, I imagine somebody at a listening station on a smaller, bluer planet a few in from this one making a minute adjustment to their equipment and promptly spraying warm stimulant-laced beverage over their console...
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
"Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth's biosphere to return to good health. Crowded conditions and resource shortages will improve as we become less dense." More inside...
well don't you know the bible was right all along
Just what I was looking for absolutely irefutable and empirical evidence that the earth is indeed flat courtesy of a expert in the field (remove tongue from cheek).
The Envisat satellite
has begun returning the first results
from its "check-up"
of the earth.
Keo Satellite to Carry Messages to Earth's Future
A nonprofit French group hopes to launch a satellite on a 50,000-year spin around Earth next year, loading it with as many as 6 billion messages from humans eager to give the far-flung future a glimpse of the present.
The Blue Marble.
Adjust your gamma settings kids. The Earth with true-color imagery at 1-kilometer resolution.
Gallery of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's aerial photography.
Many parts of the earth look truly surreal at a certain distance. I never thought a mudslide
could look this good.
Earth from satellite.
Something kind of neat for the astronomy geek is us all.
Reflections on a Mote of Dust
"We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam."
Carl Sagan "Pale Blue Dot"
Stop the world, I want to get off:
A group of scientists thinks that a "wobble" in the orbits of Earth and Mercury may have attracted an asteroid, and not a stray comet, to hit the Earth and wipe out the dinosaurs.
Zooooom in from space!
Very cool views of our planet
Discovery-Alpha dodge astronaut's space junk.
Do we as a people know how to pollute, or what? A 1999 study estimated there are some 4 million pounds of space junk in low-Earth orbit.
I just watched a program on The Learning Channel
that also showed how the Cosmonaunts on Mir would simply jettison their waste into space...traveling 18,000 MPH!!! And I thought flipping a cigarette butt out the car window was bad....
Hey, Baby -- did you feel that?
The sun, someday, will envelope the Earth and all life as we know it will die. Can we prevent this? Some wacky scientists think that the best thing to do would be to up and move the whole damn planet.
If you want to try playing with little planets or images of them, try visiting these websites...
Webearth -- builds a LIVE vrml model of the Earth as it is right now. It draws from current composite satellite photos. Or you can play with a VRML Moon, Venus, Mars or Jupiter, if you'd prefer. (Note: this site does require a VRML 2.0 compatible plug-in, like Parallel Graphics Cortona VRML Viewer.)
Here's an oldie, but a goodie... Same concept, just not live. Earth and Moon Viewer uses various static composite satellite images from many different points of view, and it lets you zoom in and out ... (to a certain extent).
Webwide World lets you zoom in on an earth-like planet... not quite the same thrill, but the images the site produces are beautifully gem-like. And the planet it produces is huge. You'll be able explore islands off the coasts of islands off the coasts of islands.
And for more satellite image zooming pleasure, you can't beat Microsoft's Terra Server.
This is an amazing photograph
of what the world looks like at night, from a low orbit. Although this is found in a subdirectory of NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day
, I'm not sure how to get to this pic by surfing the site, nor do I have any information on what was used to do the photographing. The link was sent to me in an email.
Anybody know the details on this one?
About 250 million years ago all of the continents were joined in a single land mass called Pangea
. Then they broke up and drifted apart
to their present positions. Plate tectonic projections forecast that 250 million years from now, the continents will once again join up into a single land mass now dubbed Pangea Ultima
. JRR Tolkien couldn't have dreamt up a better Middle Earth.
Scientists discover possible microbe from space.
Scientists has recovered microorganisms in the upper reaches of the atmosphere that may have originated from outer space. The living bacteria, are unlike any known on Earth, but the astrobiologists want to keep the details under wraps until they are absolutely convinced that these are extraterrestrial. Do not adjust your set...
Humans Pushing Planet Earth Beyond Capacity.
Kiss your asses good bye.
I say, good f**kin' riddance.