July 29, 2017, 11am PDT
Penny is an artificial intelligence program that detects affluence from space. It also lets users experiment with how different visual forms affect its perception of an area's wealth.
July 18, 2016, 6am PDT
International borders viewed from above show how different patterns of political, urban and agricultural development often collide.
April 24, 2016, 11am PDT
A history of growth and expansion is visible to the naked eye with photos covering a wide breadth of the planet and just a few short years.
July 3, 2015, 5am PDT
For the first time, full-color videos of the earth's surface will be made available to the public, with added options for paying customers. The imagery comes from two cameras on the International Space Station.
June 9, 2015, 9am PDT
Here's a strange idea that just might work: viewing the planet from afar might offer the perspective necessary to care for and protect our place in the universe.
March 23, 2015, 7am PDT
Until last week, the seasons never changed on satellite image software. But Mapbox's Landsat-Live program shares clear images of the Earth's surface in near-real time.
February 6, 2015, 7am PST
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -Heraclitus, as quoted by Plato in Cratylus.
December 29, 2014, 12pm PST
File under tools for the tool kit: Jarrett Walker of Human Transit shares details about Nearmap, an aerial photography tool that serves as a helpful alternative to Google Earth.
November 24, 2014, 7am PST
West Virginia-based SkyTruth is culling satellite and aerial images to blow the whistle on unreported damage to the environment.
November 5, 2013, 11am PST
A collection of satellite photos reveals the planet's beauty and vulnerability from threats such as desertification, sprawl, and pollution.
April 4, 2013, 2pm PDT
Glenn Fleishman profiles MapBox, whose 30 employees are taking on the big boys in the development of interactive street and satellite maps. The company is working with Charlie Loyd to develop "the most beautiful, clean map ever made."
August 6, 2012, 8am PDT
Planners in search of work might want to consider looking in India. As Nate Berg reports, the Indian government is hoping a new technology initiative will catalyze master planning efforts in 7,935 cities and towns across the country.
August 3, 2012, 11am PDT
Earlier this week we brought you stunning images of global urban growth as captured by Landsat, NASA's longest running satellite imagery program. These images capture the dramatic changes to some of America's natural landscapes.
August 5, 2010, 9am PDT
A town in New York has been using satellite imagery from Google Earth to identify illegally-built pools.
January 18, 2010, 9am PST
Recent earthquake response efforts in Haiti showed how comparing satellite imagery could help to identify physical changes in the damaged country and assist rescue workers. That same sort of imagery could play a similar role for urban planners.
January 6, 2010, 8am PST
NASA satellite imagery reveals that two of California's main groundwater sources are being rapidly depleted by agriculture and exurban development.
The Christian Science Monitor
June 9, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>This slideshow form <em>Popular Science</em> takes a step-by-step look at how to detect and uncover ancient buried settlements from satellite imagery.</p>