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Monday, May 02, 2011

Researchers created 3-D maps of prime spider habitats in a German national park using LiDAR, a remote-sensing system mounted on helicopters. The system uses lasers to characterize broad swaths of land in relatively little time, as opposed to doing surveys on foot that could take months.

- Wired Science Blog

Thanks to high-resolution images, Duke University and Meredith College geoscientists were able to add 657 new barrier islands to the total count, adding 30 percent more to the known list. There are now 2,149 discovered islands in total.

Among the tools used: Google Earth and actually visitation!

- Time

Nearly four months after the amended Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification was introduced by the Union Government, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to map the city’s shoreline and water bodies with the help of satellite imaging.

The BMC will soon initiate the process of mapping ecologically sensitive spots including, mangroves, beaches, koliwadas, etc and prepare new maps for these areas which are protected under the CRZ notification.

- India Express

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/02 at 04:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It debuts this Tuesday night. Here's an interview with host Brian Unger. (And, yes, it's based on the book.)

- AM New York

---- original post 3/31/11---

The network has ordered "How the States Got Their Shapes," a series that will follow former Daily Show correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries. Think: Why does Montana look like it took a bite out of Idaho? Or how are flying fish threatening to re-draw the lines of Illinois?

Debut: May 3. I see no reference to the book of the same name from 2008, but l want to think it's a source of some kind.

- LA Times

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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