Tour the World’s Street Art with Google Street Art

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By far the most enjoyable part of our recent family trip to London was the afternoon my young son and I spent in Shoreditch, groping our way to No Brow, a comics shop I had noticed on an early morning stroll with our hostess.

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New Google-Powered Site Tracks Global Deforestation in ‘Near-Real-Time’

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In September we told you about trillions of satellite images of Earth, generated by the Landsat, that are now available to the public.
Now we can share an interactive tool that is using some of those Landsat images to stop illegal deforestation.

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Google’s Music Timeline: A Visualization of 60 Years of Changing Musical Tastes

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The state of music has changed radically in recent years. Of course, the largest change that springs to mind is Napster, the program that made collective musical sharing possible and triggered the inexorable decline in record sales in the early 2000s.

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Google Puts Over 57,000 Works of Art on the Web

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In its art preservationist wing, the Cultural Institute, Google houses an enormous digital collection of artwork spanning centuries and continents in what it calls the Art Project. Google’s collection, writes Drue Kataoka at Wired, is part of a “big deal […] it signals a broader, emerging ‘open content’ art movement.

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Google’s Moving Ad About 1947 Partition of India & Pakistan Tops 10 Million Views

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Recently, Wired writer Steve Silberman (aka @stevesilberman) shot us a note on Twitter, saying, “@openculture, do not miss this brilliant ad. Most touching movie (in 3 mins!) I’ve seen in years.” Released on November 13th, the video has already clocked over 10 million views. But chances are you haven’t seen it.

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Trace Darwin’s Footsteps with Google’s New Virtual Tour of the Galapagos Islands

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As famously studied as they are, the 18 Galapagos Islands haven’t been well mapped. And research in the Galapagos, situated more than 500 miles west of Ecuador, is expensive and difficult. Maybe that’s part of the islands’ allure—that and the stunning biodiversity.

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Google & edX to Create MOOC.Org: An Open Source Platform For Creating Your Own MOOC

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Almost exactly a year ago, we told you about Google’s release of Course Builder, an open source platform that would let you build your own online courses/MOOCs for free.

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A Planetary Perspective: Trillions of Pictures of the Earth Available Through Google Earth Engine

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In 1972 the Earth Resources Technology Satellite, or Landsat, launched into space with a mission to circle the planet every 16 days and take pictures of the Earth. For more than forty years, the Landsat program has created the longest ever continuous record of Earth’s surface.
Now those images are available to everyone.

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Building The Eiffel Tower: Three Google Exhibitions Revisit the Birth of the Great Parisian Monument

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One of the most stunning views a traveler can have in Paris is to round a corner and see the massive four-legged base of the Eiffel Tower. One of the beautiful things about Eiffel’s tower is that it is so colossal and yet so airy and delicate.

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Google Wants to Provide Internet Access to Remote Parts of the World with Solar-Powered Balloons

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Perhaps you live in a developed nation, or a pocket of a developing nation, where internet access is a relatively cheap commodity. Count yourself lucky. Right now, 5 billion people — or two thirds of the world’s population — lack access to an affordable and reliable Internet connection.

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