For months, even years, amateur astronomers, photographers, and anyone wanting the best possible view of today's solar eclipse have been planning trips into the phenomenon's path of totality. Now that it's over, all that's left are millions of grainy Instagram photos — and a traffic nightmare that traces the same path as the eclipse's shadow.
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Video: Some time between your marine biologist and professional ninja phases, you probably dreamed of being an astronaut as a kid. But have you seen all the work that goes into actually becoming one? Save yourself years of G-force training and wearing onesies and just shortcut your way onto the International Space Station, which became available for tour through Google Maps' Street View today.
Okay, so we know following an alternate route on a GPS system like Google Maps can help us get to our destination quicker, partly by taking traffic into account.
But does it actually help traffic congestion overall during major event, like sporting matches? We ask the question, science has the answer.
Imagine my excitement when I saw the Google blog post about a new Street View adventure that took you inside of a volcano. I've always wanted to jump inside a volcano! Then can you imagine my disappointment when I learned that the new Volcano View only lets you peer into the lava from the safety of the volcano's rim. Very intense disappointment!
Humans do not treat the Earth kindly, and now we have even more evidence. Google just updated the Google Earth Engine to include four years of additional imagery, petabytes of new data and generally a much clearer view of any location on Earth from 1984 to 2016. The best part: You can watch any area on Earth in a time lapse video.
After gazing long into the abyss that is our daily lives, Google finally found the abyss gazing back this week when a Reddit user snapped a picture of a Street View car following "an unexpected error".
I'm in the back of a Gregory's Coffee in New York's midtown across from Dronpes and flanked by Moots7, who are careful to tell me as little about themselves as possible. From what I can gather Moots works in finance and comes from rural Colorado, while Dronpes is a developer at a tech company, hard-working with a cautious, controlling streak. Both are tall, stubbly white guys in their late 20s — the right age to have fond memories of the first generation Pokemon games. Six months ago they embarked on creating The Silph Road, a project that has become the Pokemon GO player's bible.
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.
You're probably used to getting turn-by-turn directions to your next destination with Google Maps, but there's also a pretty-well-hidden Driving Mode just for... well, driving. It alerts you to traffic problems, directs you to nearby gas pumps and stores, and is useful for those times when you already know your route or don't even have a destination in mind.