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Surreal Google Earth Images

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Warped and folded digital landscapes captured by Clement Valla.

As an artist, Clement Valla says he's interested in "processes that produce unfamiliar artifacts and skew reality." These Google Earth images, generated when he zoomed in at just the right angle, are just that. Like digitized Dali landscapes, Postcards from Google Earth depict melting, collapsed bridges and roads. The concept is extra poignant given the surreal events taking place in Japan right......read more

Where in the World?

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Test your geography knowledge with The Atlantic's Google Earth puzzle

Of the many Google innovations that have transformed our media world, Google Earth may be our fave. It takes a previously esoteric realm of photography — satellite imagery — and gives any internet user the power to view the planet from the sky. In doing so, it teaches us plenty about our impact on Earth. Earlier this month, The Atlantic presented readers with a challenge: look at a......read more

Shweeb Bike Monorail

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Pedal-powered monorail technology receives $1.05 million investment from Google.

Alright, this does seem a bit too sci-fi for our world. But something about it is also very appealing, and people are taking notice. Inhabitat reports that Google just invested $1.05 million into Shweeb's bike monorail system, in which cyclists ride in clear tubes attached to monorail track, pedaling themselves along at relatively high speeds. The system is currently in place in New Zealand,......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-15-11

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Concentrated solar gets a boost from Google, recycled flip-flops make colorful housewares, marijuana isn't so green, and more.

Grab Your Shades: The future looks bright for concentrated solar power. Google announced a $168 million investment in Brightsource Energy's Ivanpah Solar Plant in the Mojave Desert, which will be the largest concentrated solar plant in the world. (via GOOD) Fancy Footwork: Dutch designer Diederik Schneemann crafted a colorful collection of vases and lamps made from recycled flip-flops found......read more

Google Creates $280 Million Fund to Finance Solar Energy

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Deal with SolarCity is search giant's largest clean tech investment

This week, Google announced a $280 million investment in SolarCity, the California-based solar startup company founded by Elon Musk (the man behind Tesla Motors, Space X, and Paypal). The deal is Google's largest clean tech investment yet. SolarCity offers solar leasing, which alleviates the somewhat intimidating upfront costs of buying solar panels and allows homeowners......read more

9 Eyes by Jon Rafman

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Google Street Views, as curated by Montreal artist

There was a time when photographers would have to brave the blazing heat and freezing cold to snap pics of the real world. Not anymore. Now, thanks to Google Street View (and a bit of privacy invasion), anyone with an internet connection has full access to a huge bank of street images.  With his 9 Eyes project, Canadian artist Jon Rafman seizes the technology and presents us with......read more

Google Buys More Swedish Wind Power

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Internet giant aims to be fueled by 100 percent renewable energy

Google has entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement with four Swedish wind farms, a move that is part the company's bid to power its data centers using 100 percent renewable energy. Under the terms of the deal, announced last week, Swedish wind company Eolus Vind will supply Google with 59 megawatts of power from four wind farms. The project will go online in 2015. “We’re......read more

Old Paintings of London Remixed with Google Street View

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Deft juxtapositions of 18th and 19th century paintings with photos of the same places in London today

Depending how you look at them, these fascinating images will surprise you for how much -- or little -- London has changed over the past few centuries. Created by Reddit user Shystone, the images combine paintings of London from the 18th and 19th centuries with the same modern-day settings depicted by Google Street View. With a deep knowledge of historical art of London, Shystone deftly......read more

Iconic Record Covers in Google Street View

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City streets seen through the lens of famous album covers

Following on an earlier series in the same vein, The Guardian's "Google Street View Specialist" has unveiled a new GSV series, this time showing iconic album covers in the exact locations where they were photographed. From the obvious (The Beatles' Abbey Road), to the less so (Times Square as seen on PJ Harvey's Stories from the Sea), the images revisit the scenes of classic LPs,......read more

Google PowerMeter

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Google's new home energy web app means you can finally prove that your roommate's been fluffing his underwear in the dryer.

A new, free web software released late last year by Google makes seeing how much energy your home is using as easy as opening a web browser. Google PowerMeter collects information from utility smart meters and in-home energy management devices, then visualizes it on the user's personalized iGoogle homepage, showing people how much energy their home is using - and what's using it. So......read more

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