April 7, 2013 |
When Silicon Valley wizard John Hanke developed Google Earth a little more than a decade ago, he put advanced, interactive mapping technology in the hands of consumers. It was a major breakthrough, but Hanke has moved on since then. As director of Google's Niantic Labs, he masterminded Field Trip, an app that provides real-time, location-based information about shops, buildings and services. It's available for smartphones and tablets. When used used in conjunction with Google Glass, expected to be released by the end of the year, the Field Trip app will be accessible to by voice-activated, futuristic spectacles, thereby freeing users' hands.
January 3, 2014 |
Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than their human companions. Now it appears they can sense Earth's magnetic field too, say a team of biologists - and they show it when they poop. These canine compasses prefer to align themselves along a north-south magnetic axis when they relieve themselves, according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Zoology. The findings may help scientists better understand how that strange sense called magnetoreception manifests in mammals. Dogs wouldn't be the only animals thought to use magnetoreception: Birds do it, bees do it - and certain types of mammals do it, according to study coauthor Sabine Begall, a biologist at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.
May 6, 2013 |
Ports like Los Angeles and Long Beach are key to the global economy: crossroads where billions of dollars in cargo arrive and depart each year , floating on board thousands of vessels from all over the world. Increasingly, however, large ports are also playing a key role in Earth's ecosystem, as species from all corners stow away on ships and make their way into ports -- sometimes, with devastating consequences for native wildlife. For example, the Chinese mitten crab , which comes from the Pacific Coast of China and Korea, made its way to the U.S. West Coast on ships during the early 1990s and was first spotted in the Chesapeake Bay about 15 years later. Fisherman catching shrimp have reported that the mitten crabs, which have patches of hair on their claws , get tangled in nets and can kill shrimp. Because they burrow, invasive mitten crabs can also speed erosion in levees and banks.
June 29, 2005 |
Google Inc. introduced a version of its satellite-based mapping service that allows Internet users to view three-dimensional images of buildings and landscapes, a bid to seize a larger share of the market for local advertising. Google Earth, a free product, searches for pictures of businesses such as hotels and restaurants, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google said.
April 11, 2007 |
Google Inc., whose motto is "Don't Be Evil," has launched an initiative designed to highlight some. A scan of the globe using the Google Earth satellite mapping program shows a large swath of Central Africa trimmed in orange. Zoom in and the words "Crisis in Darfur" appear, along with icons of flames marking 1,600 villages destroyed in fighting between government militias and rebels that has led to the deaths of more than 200,000 people.
February 6, 2007 |
ANDRE Mueller is a virtual explorer of virgin territory. One morning, off the southwest coast of Iceland, the 25-year-old German physics student noticed a wispy line -- a wrinkle, almost -- in the elaborate patchwork of satellite imagery that makes up Google Earth. He zoomed in for a closer look. It was smoke. At the end of the trail, he discovered what appeared to be three boats.
October 4, 2009 |
For five consecutive nights, I stood at my front door and watched the Station fire lick at the hillside. The tongues of shooting flame looked to be only a few hundred feet away. Actually, the fire was burning a mile and a half up the mountain from my home in La Crescenta. I live below Foothill Boulevard, I comforted myself. There was no way the fire was going to make it down here. We aren't like those crazy people who tempt fate by living in harm's way. Even after a 2 a.m. evacuation call, I believed my family and I were safe.
November 6, 2006 |
In a city famous for its views, the one from the observation tower of the year-old De Young Museum is among the best, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the distant Berkeley hills.