California’s super bloom is so gigantic you can see it from space

April 14, 2017 by  
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Poppies, dune evening primrose, lupine, and other wildflowers are blanketing California in a super bloom so immense you can see it from space. After an especially wet winter, most of the state is finally drought-free – and it’s flourishing with a colorful floral array that spans miles and miles. California received above-average rainfall this year, and the state is being rewarded with several distinct super blooms. Los Padres National Forest, Carrizo Plain National Monument, and Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge are all exhibiting spectacular super blooms that can be glimpsed from space thanks to Planet Labs , a company offering stunning satellite images of Earth . Related: Death Valley springs to life with millions of flowers in rare ‘super bloom’ March saw the height of the bloom, but in some snow-covered areas like Lassen Volcanic National Park and the High Sierra, wildflowers might not arrive until June or July – so there’s still time to see the natural beauty. If you’re hoping to glimpse California’s super bloom in person, Visit California put together a list of where and when to see spring wildflowers. The California Department of Parks and Recreation also has a site with information on where and when you can see the blooms, along with phone numbers to check if the landscape is in bloom and which types of flowers are showing. Planet Labs was launched by a team of former NASA scientists, and they debuted a Planet Explorer Beta tool in March that allows the public to see satellite images for 85 percent of Earth’s terrain. In February they acquired Terra Bella , thesatellite business behind Google Earth – and they now control the world’s biggest fleet of satellites imaging the Earth. You can check out other satellite images around the world thanks to Planet Lab’s gallery , which highlights images ranging from illegal mining in Peru to sugarcane deforestation in Bolivia to the Disneyland parking lot in California. + Planet Labs Via EcoWatch and KQED Science Images courtesy of Planet Labs and KQED

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NASA releases images of the world’s largest solar farm from space

February 24, 2017 by  
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China is home to the world’s largest solar farm , which is so immense, it is visible from space. With around four million solar panels , Longyangxia Dam Solar Park has a capacity of 850 megawatts (MW) – pushing the country closer to its ambitious renewable energy goals. NASA recently shared satellite images of the solar park as seen from space – and they are admittedly impressive. The award for world’s largest solar farm has switched hands rapidly in the last few years. In 2014, California’s 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm was the biggest, but a year later the state’s 579 MW Solar Star claimed victory. The next year, 2016, saw India’s 648 MW Kamuthi Solar Power Project topple the throne, only to be ousted by the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park this year. Related: India just fired up the world’s largest solar plant to power 150,000 homes NASA Earth Observatory’s satellite images of the Chinese solar park reveal immense growth over four years. By early January of this year, the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, which is in the high desert of the Qinghai province, covered 10 square miles. China became the largest producer of solar power in the world after the country’s total installed capacity increased to around 77 gigawatts in 2016, even though other countries like the United States and Germany produce more solar energy per person. Rapid progress has marked China’s renewable energy industry in recent years. According to Climate Central, drawing on preliminary 2016 data released by Greenpeace’s Energydesk , the country “installed the equivalent of one and a half soccer fields of solar panels every hour.” Such advancement means China could hit their 2020 renewable energy targets as soon as 2018. NASA doesn’t expect the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park to retain the crown for long. The Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai is still growing – phase 3 will add 800 megawatts to the farm. And another solar farm planned for China’s Ningxia region in the northwest is slated to have a capacity of 2,000 MW. Via Climate Central Images via Jesse Allen/NASA Earth Observatory

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Foldable, lightweight kayak assembles in 10 minutes

February 24, 2017 by  
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For all the joy they can bring out on the water, traditional kayaks are bulky, heavy and often cumbersome to transport. But that’s all about to change thanks to the Justin Case Kayak , a foldable, lighweight kayak design made with 3D-printed materials that can be assembled in just 10 minutes. Most kayaks are long, bulky and heavy, making transport extremely difficult. The Justin Case Kayak prototype is designed for water lovers by fellow adventurers who wanted to make kayaking easier, simultaneously enabling better access to nature and spontaneous adventure. Related: Modular kayak with an off-color name breaks down into three portable pieces  The team behind Justin Case developed their prototype based on optimal functionality. With the foldable design , kayakers of any level can easily carry their kayak folded up in its carry case, making impromptu water excursions easier than ever. The compact design is optimal for storage as well, easily hidden from view unlike most kayaks. The lightweight carbon fiber frame is held together with 3D printed connectors, and covered in a water and tear-proof ripstop skin. The prototype development process was green-minded throughout, focusing on using as little material as possible while providing a long-lasting product. Via Justin Case Kayak Images via Justin Case Kayak

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New Google Timelapse shows how humans have destroyed Earth over 32 years

December 1, 2016 by  
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Google recently updated their Earth Timelapse , which reveals the devastating impact human beings had on Earth between 1984 and 2016. From retreating glaciers to sprawling cities, Google Earth Timelapse allows a casual observer to see how much humanity has changed the planet over the last 32 years. While Google Timelapse has been around since 2013, the tech giant just updated the feature with new data from more years, as well as new images from NASA . The project allows anyone with an Internet connection to watch the diminishing Columbia Glacier in Alaska , and green plants springing up as snow and ice retreat. They can check out the Palm Islands in Dubai flourishing, or zoom in on Miami, Brisbane, Copenhagen, or any other location on Earth. Google says their updated Timelapse offers a sharper picture of cities and geological features all across the globe. Related: Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon The new Timelapse includes petabytes of data; one petabyte comprises one million gigabytes. According to Google, the team had to sort through three quadrillion pixels from over five million satellite images . Five satellites across three decades collected the millions of images. Two new satellites, Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2, provided crisp imagery for 2015 and 2016. Google said most of the images in Timelapse come from a NASA and United States Geological Survey program, Landsat , that has been inspecting our planet since the 1970’s. Google made the interactive Timelapse map utilizing Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab ‘s Time Machine Library technology. For better or for worse, humans are transforming Earth, and Google Timelapse allows people to see the effects of our species on this planet. In a blog post on the updated Timelapse, Google Earth Engine Program Manager Chris Herwig said, “There’s much more to see, including glacial movement in Antarctica, urban growth, forest gain and loss, and infrastructure development.” + Google Timelapse Via Google Images via screenshot

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Archaeologist may have uncovered the second Viking settlement in North America

April 1, 2016 by  
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Archaeologists have confirmed only one site in North America with evidence of Viking inhabitants, but new discoveries in a remote area of Canada could reveal a second settlement . The new site is located in the forested peninsula of Point Rosee, stemming from southern Newfoundland, and is hundreds of miles away from the other known settlement. Hints founds in satellite imagery drew archaeologists to the area last summer, and what they found there strongly suggests that Vikings did, in fact, live at this newly discovered site. Read the rest of Archaeologist may have uncovered the second Viking settlement in North America

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NASA satellite shows this glacier just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

August 27, 2015 by  
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NASA satellites are pretty nifty, in large part because they capture world events that we might not know about otherwise. That’s what happened recently, when NASA’s Landsat 8 recorded the image above on August 16 of Greenland’s Jakobshavn glacier, which is one of the world’s largest and fastest melting, which. When researchers compared recent images to images captured two weeks ago, they discovered that  the glacier just lost an enormous chunk of ice . So big, in fact, that it may be the largest chunk of ice loss ever recorded. Read the rest of NASA satellite shows this glacier just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

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Stunning see-through church is made from stacked weathered steel

August 27, 2015 by  
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David Thomas Smith’s Mind-Boggling Images Show Human Development From a Bird’s Eye View

January 15, 2014 by  
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Amazing Interactive Maps Compare America’s Cities Using Vintage Charts and Satellite Images

October 24, 2013 by  
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What will our future cities look like? This is something that is constantly predicted , denied and debated. But the truth is we will just have to wait and see (while making our cities as green and clean as possible, of course.) Looking back, however, is indeed possible, and now with David Rumsey’s awesome interactive maps it is more enthralling than ever. Hit the jump to see how the Smithsonian gave these cool vintage maps second life with modern technology, and how the history of our cities is only a click away. Read the rest of Amazing Interactive Maps Compare America’s Cities Using Vintage Charts and Satellite Images Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , david rumsey , Gizmodo , green design , interactive maps , satellite images , smithsonian , sustainable design        

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Anthony Howe’s Dazzling Kinetic Sculptures Come to Life with a Gust of Wind

October 24, 2013 by  
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