All the Rivers in the Continental US: An Explorable Map

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Just one look at Google engineer Nelson Minar’s river map of the continental US and it’s impossible to deny this is a country absolutely filled with waterways. He says he worked just a few weeks creating the extensive map, which is both beautiful for its artery-like depiction of the countries life-giving river systems, and fascinating to explore in the way it demonstrates the nation’s topography through the system’s many paths.

Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet

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The internet is quickly transforming the world we live in, bringing us all closer together and helping us to learn about things we would never know without it. But, according to Google, for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable internet connection is still unavailable. Keeping the “affordable” part of that equation in mind, and considering all the rugged terrain around the world, running cables and placing antennas simply isn’t going to solve the problem. Enter Project Loon: the latest moonshot from Google[x] that envisions using high-altitude balloons to provide internet at 3G or faster speeds to remote and under supplied areas around the world.

7 Shocking Google Earth GIFs of Human Impact on Earth

There’s no doubt about it, humans have reshaped the earth more in the last two hundred years than at any other time in our history… and the last 25 years are no different. Now Google has released a new “interactive map experience” which allows users to view archived satellite data over the last quarter century and in doing so they are giving us perhaps the most clear and valuable view of our recent impact on earth. “We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public,” Google said in a statement

Inside the Amazing New Google Offices in Tel Aviv

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Just when you thought your office space was cool, here comes a new Google office design. Google has been known to provide great offices for their employees for years now and as a company have been committed to providing fun and stimulating workspaces for their employees. By doing so, they create environments where creative ideas flow. Some of these ideas end up becoming the next best product for Google.

Forget Hiking! Google Maps Hits the Grand Canyon

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Spoiler Alert… for anyone who wants to be surprised by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, don’t look at this! Google announced today that it has gotten into the hiking game… and they’re making it a lot easier for those who would rather go there by armchair. Today they released an extensive trail based tour the majestic Grand Canyon. Just like Google Street View, you can now cruise down over 75 miles of trails including the famous Bright Angel and Kaibab Trail. It’s a far sight easier than pulling on those old hiking boots.

Graphic: Google’s Panda and Penguin Shake Up the Net

Over the past 12 years, Google has done its best to keep the black sailed marauders of the SEO world from taking over their search engine with bad links from junky websites. Google works hard to ensure that their algorithms continue to make these black-hat SEO practitioners stay in the dark. While they make minor changes yearly, every so often the search engine behemoth makes a major update that heavily affects SEO. Two of the recent updates are the animalistic algorithms of Google’s not-so-cuddly Panda, and slippery Penguin shakeups.

Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is almost over and what an amazing year it has been. Google has created an amazing re-cap highlighting the most memorable and the most “Googled” events of the year. It’s pretty uplifting to see that inspirational and incredible things, such as historical space leaps, Olympian athletes, people uniting to make a change, and a young boy with cerebral palsy walking to his parents for the first time, beat out the Kardashians. Unfortunately Honey Boo Boo still made the cut…Enjoy the video nonetheless!

A Case for Space: The Office Cubicle Expands

The days of stuffy work environments, über boring decor, and closed off working spaces are going the way of the dinosaur. As technologies evolve and work needs change, companies are acknowledging the need for more adaptable workspaces as well. Companies like Google, Facebook, Pandora and Urban Outfitters are spearheading the charge in creating an encouraging space to foster creativity, innovation, contemplation, and collaboration — creating an intensely valid case for space. 

Technofaces: Portraits of Technology’s Most Famous

In this technological age, the logos for the top internet and social media sites have become as recognizable as the McDonald’s golden arches. Graphic Designer Alejo Malia has created a line of illustrations that feature each of technology’s big boys in a caricature of their product. Which one is your favorite? Check out more of Malia’s designs on his website.

The Google Data Centers: A Rare Inside Look

The people at Google are fond of pointing out the power of their massive network of data centers. For many of us though, the only peek we get at that power is the massive amount of Youtube videos we watch and the way we manage to “Google” just about anything we can think of. This then, is a look inside the physical workings of what makes the Google side of the internet tick. It’s a lot more colorful than you’d expect and just as large as you can imagine.