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Google Just Bought A Swarm Of Satellites To Make Maps Way Better

Today, Skybox Imaging announced it’s being bought by Google for a cool $US500 million in cash. Known for its high-resolution satellite imagery and video, Skybox’s fleet of satellites could make Google Earth a whole lot crisper — and help fulfil Google’s vision of worldwide satellite-based internet access.


Virtually Tour The Path Of Everest's Deadliest Climbing Accident

The April 18 avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 Sherpas training for an ascent has been declared the deadliest mountaineering accident ever recorded on the peak. Now Discovery has created an immersive web experience to help illustrate what happened.


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.


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.


You Can Now Explore The Galapagos Islands With Google Street View

The Galapagos is one 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.


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. 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.


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.


A 10,000km Panorama Of Earth

In April NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission took a huge panorama. From 705km above the Earth, the satellite shot a 10,000km-long, 200km-wide strip of planet from Russia to South Africa. It is aptly named ‘The Long Swath.’ Oh and it’s 19.06 gigapixels.


See The Last 20 Years Of The Whole World In The Biggest Time Lapse Yet

Google Earth wasn’t around until about 2005, but with the power of archival satellite footage, Google has whipped up the most comprehensive time lapse known to man, covering the past 20 years of Earth. The ultimate, beautiful conclusion of this little project? Dope GIFs.


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.