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Google Street View cars have driven millions of miles across the globe, capturing 360-degree images of roadways and communities on all seven continents. Now, scientists and environmentalists are teaming up to add pollution trackers to the vehicles so they can monitor natural gas ...
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Los Angeles could one day battle snarling traffic with a fleet of self-driving cars — at least if Mayor Eric Garcetti gets his way. Speaking Monday at an event sponsored by The Atlantic magazine, he outlined his vision for a ride-sharing service, much like Uber or Lyft, that would depend on automat...
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A new report shows how autonomous and connected car technologies could begin to reduce the amount of pollution put out by vehicles Excitement around connected and autonomous vehicles has been building for years with consumers interested in the convenience of never having to touch the steering wheel...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
White House data splurge meant to "change the game" on climate Imagine a map that shows years of rising sea levels in a matter of seconds, and the water is surrounding your house. There might soon be an app for that. That's the sort of visualization that the Obama administration believes can spark...
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Google Inc. plans to invest $80 million in six utility-scale solar facilities in California and Arizona as the tech behemoth continues to put money toward alternative energy projects. The Mountain View, Calif., company will partner with solar developer Recurrent Energy and private equity firm KKR &...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
It is estimated that coral reefs cover around 284,000 square kilometers providing a habitat for thousands of species to live. And unless you've snorkeled in some of these underwater habitats, or perhaps have seen a Planet Earth documentary, most of us have never experienced these natural wonders. B...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Google's chairman has funded a $60 million research vessel to study a "dead zone" in the Pacific Ocean, along with other mysteries of the sea. The 272-foot vessel, Falkor, took off from San Francisco Thursday, headed to Vancouver Island off the Canadian coast, near Victoria. A dead zone is where s...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
The program director said the effort would help scientists analyze ecosystems and alert the international community about its preservation. However, the novelty is also considered a publicity stunt to give Google the advantage over the competition. The company’s mapping service has been abando...
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Posted by on in Forestry
Google's latest Street View mapping projects let users take a stroll in the lush Amazon rain forest or the recuperating cities of Thailand, shining a spotlight on both deforestation issues and disaster recovery. Google has documented local roads, college campuses, malls and even airports in the 360...
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