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On January 18th, a 1km-wide (.62mi) asteroid will zip by Earth. Although it will be a relatively close encounter, there is nothing to fear as the giant hunk of rock will pass 1.9 million miles from our pale blue planet, which is roughly seven times the distance to the moon. However, what is interesting about this... Read more...
A gigantic space rock with a diameter exceeding 1 kilometer will zoom past Earth next week at a breakneck speed of 70,415 kilometers per hour (43,754 miles per hour). It will be its closest to our home planet on January 18 at precisely 4:41pm ET, though don't worry, 'close' by NASA and astronomy standards is very... Read more...
High schools and other communities often bury “time capsules,” so future generations can look back at the way things were during bygone eras. Similarly, but for vastly different reasons, every commercial air flight is recorded by a “black box”. In 2022, our planet will get a black box of its own to potentially record... Read more...
An asteroid that is roughly the size of the Eiffel Tower is nearing Earth's orbit this month. The giant space rock is also estimated to be comprised of precious metals worth nearly $5 billion dollars. It has been less than a month since NASA launched its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), which is sending a... Read more...
After a nearly two-year delay, NASA's CREX-2 is set to try and figure out what causes a speed bump at 250 miles above Earth. If nothing else, maybe it will give Santa some answers as to why Rudolph gets a bit slower at times. NASA has been extremely busy as of late with launching various missions such as DART... Read more...
Aliens are a real threat when it comes to space travel and research, but we aren't talking about chestbursters or facehuggers, probably. Earlier this month, researchers published a paper on the biological threat increasing space travel imposes on Earth and space. With the likes of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos sending... Read more...
The search for another planet in our solar system has came up empty for astronomers searching the skies. Astrophysicists have explored the possibility for some time and many firmly believe one does exist. Now 38-year-old data may back up what they have suspected all along. The exploration of space has taken us far... Read more...
Update: Program your coffee maker to brew a pot tonight because the longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years is afoot! Those on the East Coast who are willing to stay up late tonight will get a chance to see it beginning at 2am ET Friday morning, with it peaking at 4am. Those on the West Coast will be able to... Read more...
From E.T to The Arrival, and UFO hunting TV shows galore, humans have always been fascinated with the possibility of finding life beyond the confines of Earth, be it real or fictional. In that endeavor, scientists are employing new technologies to try and detect signs of life on other planets, and it may happen sooner... Read more...
Google is making its Maps and Earth products even better. While the company clearly has to match Apple now that the company is cranking out its own Maps app for iOS 6, it seems that 3D offline maps with flyover data isn't enough. Now, it has just published another extensive catalog of new imagery. This week it has new updates to both its high... Read more...
Google recently launched Google Earth for Android tablets. With this announcement, Google Earth is now optimized for use on Android 3.0 aka “Honeycomb” tablets. This tablet-friendly version of Google Earth takes advantage of the tablet’s larger screen. It adds a new action bar on the top for access to functions such as search... Read more...
There's a lot more to history and archeology than just uncovering the past. Sometimes recreating the past in our present time is the best way to understand how people lived thousands of years ago. One such project, the Rome Reborn project of the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, seeks to digitally... Read more...
In May, Google Earth came to the browser, with a browser plug-in. It's great to be able to use a browser rather than have to install a separate app. Well, that may be something for the future, but at least for now, you can finally use Google Earth on your iPhone. You can download it from the App Store --- yes, for free. Peter Birch, Google... Read more...
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Google-sponsored GeoEye-1 satellite, which was launched on September 6, has begun capturing image data from its orbit 423 miles above Earth. The satellite had been undergoing calibration and check out since launch, but transmitted its first, full color half-meter ground resolution images yesterday.Although... Read more...
So you got up today, sat down to your bowl of Cheerios and Bananas, flipped on the Flinstones for a few minutes and then you really busted a move.  You actually brought the bowl over to the sink, before you brushed your teeth and headed off to the office to strap on that desk for another solid 8.125 hours of turning the crank... Read more...
The amount of bad publicity generated from a single financially motivated decision can sometimes be approximately as harmful as the loss the company was taking.  Case in point:“New Orleans is about to lose its municipal Wi-Fi? network? as EarthLink plans to halt its participation in the citywide project on May 18, an EarthLink spokesman said... Read more...
Here's a way to peruse the globe while getting regional updates.New York Times "placemarks" will appear on maps where there's relevant news, and showing the New York Times layer in the software will show a window with a month's worth of headlines, Google's LatLong blog said.Google spokeswoman Kate Hurowitz said the company is open to partnerships... Read more...
Do you ever get that feeling that all day you're just taking one step forward, two steps back?  How about that uncanny sort of chill that goes down your spine when you're skulking in late from a night out with the boys, only to realize that your wife or significant other really isn't asleep, she's faking it and your dog-breath, over-indulged,... Read more...
Google Earth is already "sharp" enough.  So sharp that insurgents in Iraq have used it to pinpoint troop positions, and so sharp that some countries want Google to restrict the images that it publishes of their land.  A new satellite will be launched Tuesday that will produce even sharper images.DigitalGlobe, provider of imagery for Google... Read more...
Some Easter Egg!  It's not going to make you want to quit Microsoft Flight Simulator, but there's a hidden flight simulator inside Google Earth. You can even use a joystick with it. Though it’s nowhere close in features to the competition, Marco Gallotta found a hidden flight simulator feature inside the newest version of Google Earth —... Read more...
Just two days ago Earthlink announced a layoff of 50% of its workforce  Additionally, they announced that they felt they were going to re-evaluate their municipal wi-fi plans, which included (among other cities) citywide services in San Francisco.  It seems re-evaluation has already taken place, as the San Francisco wi-fi plan, three years... Read more...
Earthlink has won a number of municipal wi-fi contracts, including San Francisco (!), but it still needs to find ways to balance its ISP business, which is struggling, with the high cost of building its municipal Wi-Fi and cellular phone businesses.  The solution, at least for now, is a layoff. On Tuesday, EarthLink announced that it would... Read more...