A real-time 'Seaview' of the Great Barrier Reef
February 23rd, 2012
06:19 PM ET

A real-time 'Seaview' of the Great Barrier Reef

By John D. Sutter, CNN

(CNN) - Google's Street View makes it possible for Internet users to travel virtually to the peaks of mountains, the depths of the Amazon rainforest and the halls of famous art museums (maybe it's time to change the name from Street View?).

Now the tech giant is going to help a scientific research group broadcast images of an unprecedented, robot-enabled expedition to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Called the Catlin Seaview Survey, the research project will use 360-degree cameras to film the reef in an unprecedented way, traveling from the surface to depths of more than 300 feet, the group said in a press release Thursday.

Some of the images will be broadcast live on Google's social network, Google+. The group also plans to release thousands of "360-degree underwater panoramas, which, when stitched together, will all people to choose a location, dip underwater and go for a virutal dive at all of the locations visited by the expedition." FULL POST

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February 23rd, 2012
04:02 PM ET

The magic of making: Dale Dougherty on CNN's 'The Next List'

Dale Dougherty believes everyone is a maker. Whether you're into cooking or art or you're someone who tinkers in the garage, we all have the ability to make something that has meaning to us. Dougherty is on a mission to empower people to make what’s important to them.

CNN's "The Next List" recently featured this leader of the "maker" movement. Take a look at these videos to see what he's all about.

 

And here's some background: Dougherty organizes a yearly event called Maker Faire, where people gather to show off their projects and creative concoctions. He publishes Make magazine, which is jam-packed with fantastic do-it-yourself projects – everything from making squishy circuits to building your own robot. And now he’s taking his make philosophy into classrooms across the country, with Makerspace where Dale wants to empower teachers and students to make things – whatever they want! Dale is at the helm of a full-on movement.

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