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Central DNS Servers Mapped

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Ever wonder where the central, root, base nodes of the Internet are located? Well here’s a map to help you out! At this scale, there looks like there’s only 7, but if you zoom in you’ll notice that quite a few are very close to one another. The Washington DC area has 5 alone! It’s […]

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LAPD Get their Spidey Tracer!

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If you read the blog regularly, you’ll know my facination with the “Spidey Tracer”. (in truth, I’m facinated with all super gadgets… Batman is my hero!) Now the LAPD will jump on the spidey tracer fun bandwagon with Virginia-based company StarChase’s new laser homing dart GPS. The dart can be launched by chase vehicles onto […]

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Mark Up Your Google Maps

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Quickmaps is a beta site that allows you to draw on your googlemaps. You can drag and drop a bunch of different markers, add a text label, or even draw straight or curved lines. You can add a title and some textual information for your map. Then, you can add it to your website. Apparently […]

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Watch Boats In Real Time

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This site, although still in beta, shows boat traffic in the San Francisco bay in real time. You can see different boats and ships move around the bay over the course of a half an hour. There’s a handy speed adjustment to make them move faster or slower. If you move your pointer over one […]

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Alternative Energy Around the World

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It’s a flash map, but it’s still pretty cool. Ever wonder where all the alternative energy is being produced in the world? Well now you can find out! This site has three views of the globle (which I find very attractive, by the by) and nifty 3D icons showing sources of geothermal, solar, wind, and […]

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Table top control of 3D space

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A Phd student at the University of Calgary’s Interactions Laboratory has come up with some pretty cool new interactive tools for Google Earth and Warcraft III (not at the same time). He’s using a tabletop environment to control how you interact with Google Earth. You can do much more hands on type interaction with the […]

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Hurricane Simulator

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For people in the interior of countries, the difference between a category 2 hurricane and a category 3 hurricane might not be all that aparent. That’s why the good people at the Associated Press have hosted this handy, dandy Hurricane Simulator! The simulator features a 3D model of some trees, a house, and a mobile […]

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See Inside Storms

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With Hurricane season begun here in the US and the after effects of Katrina still being felt, Live Science is reporting a pretty cool new technology. A new radar satellite shows pretty good images of what happens inside storms systems. Right now they’re only in the test stage and can’t be used really this year, […]

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Google Maps of Active Volcanoes

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If you’re like me, when you go to plan your summer vacation, weird questions like, “Is there a major earthquake fault or active volcano in the area?” will eventually come up. Now you don’t have to worry about those pesky active volcanoes in your holiday planning! The site features a google mashup with the Smithsonian […]

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Wiki + Google Maps = WikiMapia!

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Here’s a cool project – make a google map that allows people to tag anything on the face of the planet and write stuff about it. All you do is zoom into a sufficent scale and click “Add Tag” in the upper right hand box. This allows you to draw a box around a location, […]