Sydney Morning Herald: Rare Queensland-made braille globe to be replicated

Sydney Morning Herald: Rare Queensland-made braille globe to be replicated. “Richard Frank Tunley created the globe for vision-impaired people by installing metal plates on a wooden sphere that revealed landmasses by shape and with labels written in braille. The original globe is now very fragile but advancements in technology, including 3D printing and photogrammetry, along with a $10,000 of funding from the State Library of Queensland will allow it to be reproduced.”

Google Blog: Space out with planets in Google Maps

Google Blog: Space out with planets in Google Maps. “Twenty years ago, the spacecraft Cassini launched from Cape Canaveral on a journey to uncover the secrets of Saturn and its many moons. During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Now you can visit these places—along with many other planets and moons—in Google Maps right from your computer. For extra fun, try zooming out from the Earth until you’re in space!”

Three maps; three different ways to see Houston after Harvey (Houston Chronicle)

Houston Chronicle: Three maps; three different ways to see Houston after Harvey. “Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott gave the City of Houston a $50 million check to continue its long road to recovery. One neat way to see where the funds might be going is through the recently launched ‘Harvey By The Numbers’ web site, a series of interactive heat maps that show what happened to Houston during Harvey and how officials are responding after the hurricane.”

The Guardian: Google Maps leaves visitors to Australian lighthouse town in the dark

The Guardian: Google Maps leaves visitors to Australian lighthouse town in the dark. “There is nothing particularly special about Adam Gilliver’s house on the Victorian coast, except that it sits a bit further back from the road compared with the homes of his neighbours. And that Google Maps thinks it’s a lighthouse.”

Quartz: Snapchat has become the perfect tool for understanding tragedy

Quartz: Snapchat has become the perfect tool for understanding tragedy. “…Snap Maps has become a deeply intimate way to view major news events in real time. Snap hired CNN political reporter Peter Hamby to run editorial coverage on Snapchat in 2015, and it places its own sourced work next to pieces from outlets like The Economist and The Wall Street Journal on the Discover section of its app. Snap Maps takes Snapchat’s proven ability to surface the emotions its users are sharing and place them where they are happening. When the earthquake started in Mexico, I picked up my phone and opened Snapchat, just as many on the streets of Mexico City did.”

Sydney Morning Herald: How Google got lost in the Blue Mountains

Sydney Morning Herald: How Google got lost in the Blue Mountains. “Residents of an otherwise sleepy rural cul-de-sac have been experiencing a very peculiar issue, particularly on holidays and long weekends. Hundreds of confused sightseers, following Google Maps directions to what they thought was a picturesque tourist destination, have ended up in Valley View Road in Dargan, New South Wales.”

KNOM: Ecological Atlas of Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas Conveys Years’ Worth of Data

KNOM: Ecological Atlas of Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas Conveys Years’ Worth of Data. “THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH VARIOUS DATA-GATHERING AGENCIES, nonprofit organization Audubon Alaska has released a free, publicly accessible atlas of the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas.”