Feb 4, 2009 | 8
Google's been busy once again demystifying life in the universe and answering all of your burning questions, such as: Is my significant other really working late? What would I see if I were standing on Mars? And what does the Mariana Trench look like?
The blogosphere is abuzz with news about the newest interactive Google Map feature: Google Latitude. The service, which debuted this morning, allows people to track the whereabouts of their friends and family—and have them do the same on internet-connected mobile devices and wireless computers. The way it works: once you opt in and select your group of followers, they can track your—or at least your device's—every move (and vice versa).
Think there may be times you want to escape some of their prying eyes—like if you're still out on the town and want your pals – but not your mom—to know where you are? No problem, according to Google spokesperson Carolyn Penner. There's a way to block anyone at anytime, she says.
Aug 12, 2008 | 5
If you didn’t get up early this morning to watch, late-night tonight will still be a good opportunity to catch sight of some shooting stars. Every year around this time, the Earth hurtles through the debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, resulting in the so-called Perseid meteor shower. The bits of dust strewn by the passing comet (which is now past the orbit of Uranus, according to NASA) burn up as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, traveling at about 132,000 miles (212,433 kilometers) per hour. These glowing streaks often originate in the direction of the constellation Perseus, hence the shower’s name.
In case you miss this meteoric event as it fizzles out in a few days, the next best time to start looking up for shooting stars will be on November 17, when our planet passes through the neighborhood of the Leonids.
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