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12 Years of Deforestation in One Sobering Animation

What do you get when Google, the University of Maryland, and NASA's Landsat 7 satellite team up? A very sobering view of man's impact on the earth. It only took us 12 years to destroy all that forest. Read More >>

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I'm a Bird! This Pigeon Simulator Lets You Soar Over London

Who hasn't dreamed of soaring over a city, dipping between the rooftops, peering into people's windows? A new simulator allows anyone to have a real-life birds-eye view of London as a pigeon, without the disease or wire-trap limb amputations. Read More >>

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You Can Now Explore the Galapagos Islands With Google Street View

The Galapagos are some of the most biodiverse places on the planet, and it was key in Charles Darwin's findings in forming the the scientific argument of evolution. You may never get to travel to the volcanic archipelago in person, but now thanks to Google, you can explore it through 360 degree imagery on Street View. Read More >>

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Google Street View's Greatest, Weirdest Hits

Google Street View has something of a history for catching us in our more—uh, delicate states. And our more defecatory states. And our more dead states. While the latter is mostly just depressing, the rest are almost always delightful. And luckily for us, Captain-Obviouss has kindly prompted his fellow Redditors to compile "the most WTF things" that Google's version of Earth has to offer. Here are our favourites so far. Read More >>

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The Omnipotent Engineers at Google Have Banished Clouds From Earth

Google Earth may give us a real, live view of what our blue marble actually looks like, but even reality could stand to be improved a bit now and then. So to make sure you get the beautiful summer you deserve—while you're sitting inside a dark room hunched over your computer screen — Google has taken steps to give you a new view of the world — totally cloud-free. Read More >>

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A 6,000-Mile Panorama Of The Earth Is Pretty Beast

In April NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission took a huge panorama. From 438 miles above the Earth, the satellite shot a 6,000-mile-long, 120-mile-wide strip of planet from Russia to South Africa. It is aptly named ‘The Long Swath.’ Oh and it's 19.06 gigapixels. Read More >>

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See the Last 20 Years of the Whole World in the Biggest Timelapse Yet

Google Earth wasn't around until about 2005, but with the power of archival satellite footage, Google's whipped up the most comprehensive timelapse known to man, covering the past 20 years of Earth. The ultimate, beautiful conclusion of this little project? Dope GIFs. Read More >>

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Google Earth Used to Make Nostalgic '60s and '70s-Era Postcards

Hungarian art director and ad-man at BBDO, Akos Papp, has taken satellite images from Google Earth and given them a retro twist to create 'Postcards From Above'. The images have been beautifully selected and are mostly of modern architecture and urban infrastructure. To these, he added period typography from the '60s and '70s, and the effect is really very convincing. Read More >>

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Lost Egyptian Pyramids Appear on Google Earth

If only Howard Carter had access to satellite imagery, maybe he would have discovered more than just King Tut's tomb. Fortunately, Google Earth means that anyone can examine the planet for last treasures. Including Angela Micol, a satellite archaeology researcher who thinks she has uncovered previously undiscovered ancient pyramids, hiding in plain sight in Egypt. Read More >>

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Watch This Immense Housing Structure Explode on Google Earth

Glasgow's Red Road tower block housing complex was constructed by the Glasgow Housing Associating (GHA) between 1964 and 1969, with the intention of providing a modern housing community for a whopping 5000 residents. Read More >>

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The Dutch Have the Weirdest Google Maps Censorship

The Netherlands have given the world so much: pizza, sex tourism, The Hague, Rembrandt, Vermeer — and let's not Aelbert Cuyp. In the tradition of the last three, the Dutch now serve up the most artistically bizarre Google blurring ever. Read More >>

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Google Will Help You Stalk The Queen Around London

Google has come out as a bit of a royalist today, compiling a flashy 3D walkthrough of the route the Queen will be taking as she waves at the unwashed masses to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee this summer. Read More >>

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Lost Boy Uses Google Earth to Find His Way Home After 25 Years

In 1987, five year old Sanroo Brierly and his brother boarded a train that was supposed to take them home after a long day of begging on the streets of India. But the boys fell asleep, the train rolled on, and hours later they were deposited clear across the country. Read More >>

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Google Earth Gets a Seamless Upgrade

One drawback from Google Earth has always been that if you pull the view back far enough, the terrain begins to look like a scene from Minecraft. Well, no longer! With the version 6.2 update, Google Earth looks even more like the real thing. Read More >>

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How to Make Wander-ing Instagram Pen Pals

Sure, you could remotely wander about a foreign city with Google Earth, but you don't get any sort of feel for the local culture that way, just a superficial view of its storefronts. The Wander app instead connects you with an actual local for a guided Instagram tour. Read More >>

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Google Earth On 48 Screens Is the Best Way To Explore the Planet

Touring the world in person is expensive, time-consuming, and often dangerous. And is it really that much different to playing with Google Earth on this gigantic 48 screen display that covers 40 square metres with almost 100 million pixels? Read More >>

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