Digital Places


Want to meet a Martian or spark lunar conflict? Two former NASA specialists give tips for making the most of Google's 3-D space offerings—and offer hints for finding some little-known gems.Video

November 3, 2009

New species discovered along Asia's Mekong River in 2008—including a leopard gecko and a fanged frog that eats birds—are already under serious threat because of climate change, WWF says. Video.

September 28, 2009

To help save South Australia's rare black-footed wallaby, researchers are taking joeys from the wild and placing them in surrogate pouches, encouraging wild moms to trigger "backup" pregnancies. Video.

September 24, 2009

See NASA's newly restored video of the first ever moonwalks in 1969—and find out what it took to capture it. Video.

July 16, 2009

European scientists have combined virtual reality with treadmills to allow users to "walk through" the ancient city as it looked before the devastating volcanic eruption.

April 18, 2008

From AIDS to cancer to suicide, see which causes of death hit hardest in which parts of the world using a unique new series of maps.

November 1, 2007

A striking seaweed, ribbon-like metal, and twisted geometry are just some of the winners of the 2007 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

September 27, 2007

Groundbreaking new images have revealed the surprising sprawl of Cambodia's iconic imperial city.

August 13, 2007

Take a virtual tour of Rome circa A.D. 320, and compare the city's digital re-creations with modern photos of the real-life monuments.

August 3, 2007

As part of a new program in India, animal ringtones are the latest tool being employed to protect people when the big cats roam into villages.

June 5, 2007

Philippine and Malaysian laws now allow only officially approved engineers to make GPS-based maps, a move that activists say will stifle tribes' efforts to win land rights.

April 26, 2007

Images and survivor stories embedded in the virtual globe bring the violence up close and personal, while real-time spin-offs aim to track and perhaps deter armed militias.

April 25, 2007

Low-lying regions at risk of being swamped by rising sea levels had their virtual equivalents flooded as part of a campaign to raise global warming awareness.

April 4, 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.

March 8, 2007

Wearing tags traditionally used for tracking, the marine recruits are helping scientists collect data that could one day be used to generate ocean forecasts.

February 8, 2007


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