Google Earth for Mac OS

According to OgleEarth it should run on any G3 or higher with at least 600 Mhz.  I will be loading it on my Mini tonight to see how it does.  Also of note in the Mac world is the announcement of the first round of Intel-based machines.  I am still holding out for a Mac Mini DVR, or for ESRI to port their Unix build to run on Mac’s FreeBSD innards, in which case I might just switch back to Macs completely.  Of course if they are still planning to port it to Linux, I may just switch that way too…

Either way you can download Google Earth here and find out mpre about today’s Mac announcements here.

Do Geographers Need More Sleep?

Here’s an interesting article about the effects of sleep deprivation. The interesting note is that sleep deprivation appears to most aversely affect spatial learning and spatial tasks! So if you’re having trouble with any of your GIS projects, maybe you need more sleep….?

The full article.

Want to do your part for science?

on Sunday at approximately 1:56am Pacific Standard Time, the Stardust capsule will be re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere on its way back from space with its precious load of comet dust collected from the comet Wild 2. Researchers need volunteers to observe the Stardust capsule’s re-entry (although obviously you would be to be in the western US to actually see it) on its way to a landing in Utah.

In addition, researchers from UC-Berkeley are asking for 30,000 volunteers to use web-based ‘virtual microscopes’ on their own PCs to look for particles in images taken of the samples. You will have to pass a test before being allowed to participate.
So, if you want to be a part of science history, check out the Starsdust@Home website for information.


The changing US commercial remote sensing industry

According to an article in yesterday’s Rocky Mountain News, 2006 is going to be a year of change for the US commercial remote sensing imagery, as new high-resolution satellite are launched to meet the needs of both government and, increasingly, private customers. In addition, Orbimage’s $58.5 million purchase of Space Imaging, Inc. may have an impact on competitors such as DigitalGlobe, which is also restructuring. One interesting point in the article is that both companies are now relying on leaders who are trained in business, instead of people trained in aerospace-related fields as in the past.