Best of the blogs 31 March 2015

By on 31 March, 2015

Facebook drone

The New York Times has an article outlining Facebook’s plans to beam internet access to users via solar powered drones. There’s something so wonderfully sci-fi about that.

 

CityLab over at the Atlantic have showcased a ‘stench map’ of New York City from around 1870. Y’see, back then, it was thought that the transmission of disease was linked to bad smells.

 

LiDAR News has a fascinating archaeological tale (or at least links to one) wherein airborne LiDAR was used to discover an unknown Mayan citadel lying nearby a ruined city.

 

For all the tweaker type geo geeks out there (of which I hope there are at least a few of you), Geoawesomeness has posted instructions on how to build your own Geo data logger for under US$100! (of course, I just bought one on eBay for only a little over AU$100, but where’s the fun in that?)

 

Landscape Urbanism has written an overview of GIS and Geodesign and its potential for urban design and landscape architecture. To quote: “Geodesign is a new way of thinking about the design process, utilizing site data with software such as a GIS (Geographic Information System) to create urban or landscape designs.”

 

IEEE Spectrum has a fascinating overview of Moore’s Law – which predicted a doubling of computing power every year. Which, almost miraculously, has held true over the following 50 years.

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