Google Maps Update Lets You Measure Distances (or Aimlessly Doodle)

Ever try measuring the straight-line distance between two points on Google Maps? You had to hold some object or appendage up to the little scale, then eyeball-measure the distance on your screen. What a mess. No more—a new update puts the task a right-click away. Also, you can doodle with it. » 7/09/14 12:10pm Wednesday 12:10pm

New Hubble trick will change our perception of the observable Universe

Scientists have found a way to use the Hubble Space Telescope as an extremely precise galactic tape measure, multiplying our previous capabilities by 10. This increase will result in a more accurate understanding of the size of the observable Universe. plus new insight into the mysterious force known as dark energy. » 4/10/14 9:44pm 4/10/14 9:44pm

How Far Do You Run Playing Different Sports?

While watching sports, have you ever stopped (midway through a bowl of Cheetos) to wonder, "How far are those guys actually running?" It's a common question, one that's historically been subject mostly to guesswork, Thanks to some recent technological developments, though, we can now actually apply some data to it. » 4/03/13 2:20pm 4/03/13 2:20pm

Virtual Distance Football Knows How Far it Was Thrown

Want to know how far you threw that ball? The virtual distance football can let you know how far it was thrown with an accuracy that's supposedly within 1 yard, showing you the distance on its LCD readout. Somehow its sensor is able to tell how far the ball has traveled by measuring the ball's impact at the end of its… » 2/26/07 10:30am 2/26/07 10:30am