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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Mapping the World All Over Again

Visual imaging lecturer and ex-aircraft navigator Dave Cochrane looks at how increasing access to map technology is not only making life easier for many, but considers how it might once again come to open up new frontiers. Read more via Wred UK

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Former NAVTEQ Executive Joins Apple’s Mapping Team

Apple has made another notable hire from the mapping world this month: the Cupertino-based company, coming off of a series of mishaps in its Maps division, has brought on former Nokia HERE and NAVTEQ executive Torsten Krenz, according to sources. Before joining Apple this month, Krenz served as Nokia HERE’s director of regional map and

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

New to the Archaeologist’s Tool Kit: The Drone

Archaeologists around the world, who have long relied on the classic tools of their profession, like the trowel and the plumb bob, are now turning to the modern technology of drones to defend and explore endangered sites. And perhaps nowhere is the shift happening as swiftly as in Peru, where Dr. Castillo has created a

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Satellite Imagery, The New Weapon to Fight Forest Fires

As a senior expert at the newly-established Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency (BP REDD+), Erwinsyah is responsible for monitoring hot spots in the country’s forests and sending alerts to relevant agencies and local officials about possible land and forest fires. Thanks to the introduction of Global Forest Watch-Fires (GFW-Fires), an online platform

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Data from Drones will Revolutionize Our Lives

In the private sector, drones can be used for inspection, monitoring and workplace security across some of the world’s most important industries. Drones are being used in construction, agriculture, energy, and real estate and that list is growing. Just think of being able to send an unmanned drone to observe a flaw in oil pipelines

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

First Nations, UVic and Google Partner to Map Traditional Lands

Many First Nations tribes will be among about 100 participants in a four-day indigenous mapping workshop at the University of Victoria from Aug. 25 to 28. The workshop will explore how geospatial technologies can be used in indigenous mapping projects, with about 40 First Nations sharing how they are mapping traditional territories and land use. Read

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

University of Leicester to Explore the Potential Use of Drones in Archaeology

A team from the University of Leicester is about to investigate the potential for drones in the advancement of our understanding of heritage landscapes. Using novel Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) techniques from the platform of a UAV, researchers hope to investigate previously inaccessible sites in a bid to better understand them and to explore the

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Using Robots to Find Clues of Change in the Ocean

A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon they disappeared, plunging of their own accord toward the depths of the Pacific Ocean. They were prototypes, specialized robots designed to record temperature and other conditions

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Google’s Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space

Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution—twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm. Now, the first commercial satellite set to capture these high-res images, DigitalGlobe’s Worldview-3, will launch this Wednesday. Six months after that,

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Spy Satellites Fighting Crime from Space

Months after the murder of Rania Alayed, the search for her body had ground to a halt. Police had been using aerial photography, and the opportunity came up to look at a larger expanse. The satellite was sensitive enough to pick up a rabbit hole under bushes, and the disturbance caused by shotgun shells used

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