University of Hawaii at Mānoa: UH astronomers produce catalog to extensively map universe

University of Hawaii at Mānoa: UH astronomers produce catalog to extensively map universe. “What does our universe look like at the largest size scales? A team of researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA) and Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary has produced a massive new catalog of high-fidelity distance estimates to more than 350 million galaxies, revealing the soap-bubble structure of the universe in detail.”

Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens

Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens . “Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Environmental Justice, announce the release of the Environmental Justice Index (EJI). The EJI builds off existing environmental justice indexes to provide a single environmental justice score for local communities across the United States so that public health officials can identify and map areas most at risk for the health impacts of environmental burden.”

USGS: Public and media invited to attend a live, virtual lecture on how to access over 100,000 geologic maps covering the U.S.

USGS: Public and media invited to attend a live, virtual lecture on how to access over 100,000 geologic maps covering the U.S.. “David Soller, a USGS geologist, will talk about the National Geologic Map Database. Geologic maps help identify potential earthquake hazards, inform environmental studies, and guide energy and mineral research.” It doesn’t look like registration is required. However, when I followed the URL to where the lecture would be, I got a security warning because the certificates are mismatched. As far as I can tell it’s just a misconfiguration.

University of Washington: Popular map for exploring environmental health disparities, vulnerabilities in Washington gets an update

University of Washington: Popular map for exploring environmental health disparities, vulnerabilities in Washington gets an update. “Map users can create data visualizations to see environmental health risks and compare census tracts based on dozens of factors, such as existing levels of pollution that include ozone concentration, PM2.5, diesel emissions, lead risks in homes, proximity to heavilytrafficked roads, industrial or waste treatment facilities and Superfund sites. Included also are socioeconomic factors such as English proficiency, education levels, housing affordability and employment statistics, birthweights and prevalence of cardiovascular disease.”

Oregon wildfires: Check the air quality anywhere in the state with this interactive map (Oregon Live)

Oregon Live: Oregon wildfires: Check the air quality anywhere in the state with this interactive map. “The Oregonian/OregonLive’s interactive Oregon Smoke Forecast map allows you to check the air quality where you are. Specifically, it ranks the air quality in vibrant color for Good, Moderate, Unhealthy (Sensitive Groups), Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy and Hazardous air.”

UMBC: UMBC-led team generates first global map of cargo ship pollution, revealing effects of fuel regulations

UMBC: UMBC-led team generates first global map of cargo ship pollution, revealing effects of fuel regulations. “A new study in Science Advances led by UMBC’s Tianle Yuan used satellite data from 2003 – 2020 to determine the effect of fuel regulations on pollution from cargo ships. The research team’s data revealed significant changes in sulfur pollution after regulations went into effect in 2015 and 2020. Their extensive data set can also contribute to answering a bigger question: How do pollutants and other particles interact with clouds to affect global temperatures overall?”

Search Engine Roundtable: Google Maps May Remove Selfies, Blurry Or Poor Quality Images

SEO Roundtable: Google Maps May Remove Selfies, Blurry Or Poor Quality Images. “Google Maps has updated its photos and videos criteria for the Google Maps user-contributed content policy. Google added selfie photos, excessively dark or blurry images, significantly rotated compositions, and the use of filters that dramatically alter the representation of the place may be removed from Google Maps.”

TechCrunch: Google launches Street View in India after years of rejection

TechCrunch: Google launches Street View in India after years of rejection. “Google has relaunched Street View, the Google Maps feature that allows users to explore an area through 360-degree panoramic street-level images, in India more than a decade after it first rolled out the service in the South Asian market and roughly six years after the feature was banned in the country over security concerns.”

Library of Congress: New Interactive Map and Timeline Added to Chronicling America

Library of Congress: New Interactive Map and Timeline Added to Chronicling America. “The new ‘Exploring Chronicling America Newspapers’ application dynamically maps publication locations of over 3,000 digitized newspapers currently available in the Chronicling America online collection. Users can also interact with a timeline of publication dates for digitized newspapers available in Chronicling America, currently covering years between 1777-1963. “

University of New Hampshire: Maps Made Easier

University of New Hampshire: Maps Made Easier. “The New Hampshire Geodata Portal, hosted by New Hampshire Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer System (NH GRANIT), provides a more modernized data distribution system than its previous version. With data ranging from public lands and topographic lines, to the pavement condition of roads and location of eelgrass meadows in Great Bay, the website will be a boon for a wide cross-section of humanity; surveyors, foresters, real estate agents, engineering companies, utility companies, and state natural resource and transportation agencies will find beneficial information in an easier-to-access format.”

Microsoft Blog: A street-by-street view of digital inequity in the United States

Microsoft Blog: A street-by-street view of digital inequity in the United States. “Today, Microsoft is releasing a new Digital Equity Data Dashboard to help create better understanding of the economic opportunity gaps in towns, cities and neighborhoods across the United States. The new tool was developed by our Chief Data Science Officer Juan Lavista Ferres and the Microsoft AI for Good Lab, and aggregates public data from the Census Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), BroadbandNow and Microsoft’s own Broadband Usage Data.”

Western Fire Chiefs Association: The Western Fire Chiefs Association Introduces Its Wildland Fire Map to Communities and News Sources, Protecting Lives and Land

Western Fire Chiefs Association: The Western Fire Chiefs Association Introduces Its Wildland Fire Map to Communities and News Sources, Protecting Lives and Land. “The WFCA Fire Map pulls data from the US Forest Service via National Interagency Fire Center IRWIN feed, and 911 Dispatch data via PulsePoint to track the location of the wildfire as they start and while they’re burning. The WFCA Fire Map is the first map of its kind to pull such data from 911 Dispatch in relevant areas.” The map seems to cover a lot of western America – I saw fires denoted in several states including Wyoming, New Mexico, and California.

Make Tech Easier: 8 Sites and Extensions to Make Google Maps Even Better

Make Tech Easier: 8 Sites and Extensions to Make Google Maps Even Better. “Google Maps is by far the most popular online mapping service used today. People love how easily they can look up directions or search around a specific location. On top of that, Google Maps is now also integrated with many other popular sites and services we use. However, there are ways to make Google Maps even better with these eight extensions and websites.”