This Nifty Tool Turns Google Street View Into a Graffiti Time Machine

Graffiti may be ephemeral, but then there's Google Street View with its all-seeing camera. Inspired by Google's recent to move to let users go back in time in Street View, Brian Foo at the New York Public Library Labs thought he could make us look at street graffiti from a new perspective—through time. » 6/25/14 3:03pm 6/25/14 3:03pm

Explore All 12 World Cup Stadiums (No Riot Gear Required)

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the known universe. The only thing is Brazil is a long trek for most of us, and, y'know things around the world cup tend to get a bit... rowdy? Well, Google Maps is bringing Street View to all twelve of the stadiums, so you can explore them from the convenience/safety of… » 6/05/14 3:01am 6/05/14 3:01am

Using Google Street View to Study the Great Barrier Reef

The Catlin Seaview Survey is a Google and University of Queensland project using a nifty underwater camera rig to create a zoomable, 360-degree image of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Destin from SmarterEveryDay got to hitch a ride with the team that records this sea-floor Street View. You don't want to miss this. » 5/24/14 9:00am 5/24/14 9:00am

Google Street View Accidentally Made an Algorithm That Cracks CAPTCHAs

House numbers on Google Street View can turn up as blobby, blurry things, so its engineers built a pretty crazy neural network to decipher them. Except this algorithm also turns out to be very very good at deciphering other blobby, blurry texts—like CAPTCHAs, which it cracks with 99 percent accuracy. Take that, human. » 4/16/14 6:40pm 4/16/14 6:40pm

Meet the Wildlife Inadvertently Captured By Google's Street View Cameras

As part of National Geographic's new Great Nature project, the magazine has collected more than 100,000 photographs that capture the world's biodiversity—and some of them hail from very unusual sources. Case in point: An album "curated" by Google Maps, which collects wildlife accidentally captured by Google Street… » 9/27/13 11:00am 9/27/13 11:00am

You Can Now Explore the Galapagos Islands With Google Street View

The Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, and it was key in Charles Darwin's findings in forming the the scientific argument of evolution. You may never get to travel to the volcanic archipelago in person, but now thanks to Google, you can explore it through 360-degree imagery on Street View. » 9/12/13 10:22am 9/12/13 10:22am