Virtual law schools, cell phone-based city tours, high-resolution satellite maps. These are just some of the emerging technologies that use people's sense of place to provide unique experiences and services.
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| Terrorist Use of Google Earth Raises Security Fears (March 12, 2007)|
Satellite images from the free 3-D globe were found in Iraqi insurgents' homes, leading to controversial requests for the tool to censor sensitive locations.
| Virtual Critters Thrive, Evolve in Online World (March 8, 2007)|
A few simple rules have created a surprisingly complex ecosystem of cannon plants, gridlice, and other strange creatures in the virtual world of Second Life.
| Coyote-Tracking Web Site Exposes Canine, Human Troublemakers (February 7, 2007)|
A project that tracks coyotes in real time can pinpoint which animals are at risk of becoming urban pests—and which households might be to blame.
| Amazon Tribes Use Latest Gadgets to Battle Developers (January 23, 2007)|
Rain forest groups trained to use GPS devices are creating maps to help win territorial disputes and protect their forests from mining and logging.
| Google Partners With High-Tech Telescope to Map Universe (January 10, 2007)|
The Internet giant has signed on to help make data from what will be the largest sky survey readily available to the public.
| Google Earth-Based Quiz Tests Kids' Africa IQ (December 19, 2006)|
A recently launched layer on the popular desktop globe helps young adults explore Africa as part of a campaign to increase geographic knowledge.
| Exposing Atrocities, Blogs Give Wildlife Warriors Instant SOS (December 12, 2006)|
Weblogs from dangerous regions of Africa, Borneo, and beyond are allowing isolated rangers and other conservationists unprecedented lifelines to each other and the outside world.
| Global Warming Could Disrupt GPS Satellites, Study Says (November 29, 2006)|
Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could create hazards for the low-orbiting satellites that power global positioning systems, new research suggests.
| "Smart Dust" Sensors to Be Used for Eco Detection (November 14, 2006)|
Motes—sensors the size of dust particles—can be scattered about to measure everything from chemicals in the soil to scents in the air.
| Google Earth, Satellite Maps Boost Armchair Archaeology (November 7, 2006)|
Using freely available satellite data, experts and amateurs alike can search the world for potential dig sites from the comfort of their computer desks.