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Let's be real: It's been a pretty stressful year. The tragedies never seem end. Harambe was shot dead in front of children. David Bowie and Prince died unexpectedly. Oh yeah, and the US elected a screaming giant cheese wedge to be the next president. All of this bad news might want to make you just run away for a while. Now, there's an easier way to do it.


Have you taken a look at the terrain view in Google Maps recently? It's prettier than ever, with updated imagery from the USGS Landsat 8 satellite showing truer colours and more detail, with a new algorithm searching through a petabyte -- 1000 terabytes, 1,000,000 gigabytes -- of imaging data for cloud-free photos.


For as long as there has been graffiti, the hastily scribbled (or lovingly detailed) penis has taken pride of place on the alley walls, bathrooom stalls and not-quite-set concrete that surround our daily lives.

Six months after it was created, you can now view a contemporary example of what could possible be the oldest art tradition in the history of civilisation, from space. And it's all thanks to Google Earth, a southwest Sydney school oval and an unidentified artist. Not everyone is happy about it though.


Google Earth Pro, the premium version of Google's popular Google Earth service, is now free. Google sliced the price from $US400 a year, so this is a pretty solid deal. If you like to make 3D measurements or create HD videos of virtual trips around the world, I'd jump on this. You can download the software key directly from Google and start an online global journey.


Remember how we told you that the resolution of Google Maps' satellite images would soon be doubled? Well, today we're seeing the first of those images pop up, and they are indeed a noticeable improvement. New York and San Francisco are the first to get the high-res 3D treatment, but we should see this update rolling out for more cities around the world in 2015.


Want to use some damning images from Google Earth to back up your case in a lawsuit? Right now it's not quite that easy. Which is why a satellite imaging specialist and space lawyer (actual thing) have just formed what is about to become every NASA-loving kid's dream job: the world's very first space detective agency.


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.


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.