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What am I doing this fine Saturday morning? Why, playing with Google’s newest entry into the Made with Code catalog, Coding with Wonder Woman.

Made with Code is Google’s push to keep girls and women active in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Girls are awesome. Sci-tech is awesome. Together, they make an awesome sandwich.

Of course, boys are awesome too (hello, most excellent nephew!), but they aren’t facing this less-than-awesome prospect:

Yeah, that’s just… no. We can do better. If we’re going to tackle the long and growing list of environmental, social and technical challenges in the world, we need everyone’s brain parts. And not in a night of the undead hunger sort of a way.

There are a lot of intro to coding resources on the web, but this one is fun, free and lets you fight bad guys with a magic lasso and a big-bad sword. So girl or boy, man or woman, child, teacher, parent or otherwise curious mind, if coding looks like fun but you don’t know where to start, this may be the game for you.

(Haven’t seen the movie? Recommended!)

 

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Ok, Google, now this is cool:) For anyone who has ever wanted to take the long (very long) view, there’s a new tool from Google.*

The Google Earth Engine gives users access to satellite imagery from as far back as 1984, and to build timelapse imagery that capture changes across the years.

Google Earth Engine combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities and makes it available for scientists, researchers, and developers to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface.

Want to see what a timelapse looks like? Here is a short introductory video:

Want to make your own? No problem. Explore the built-in Timelapse features, integrate ready-to-use datasets on demographics, climate, imagery and more, or use your own code. (Check out the case studies from a variety of organizations focused on climate, health, and science, including this one on malaria risk mapping.)

You can also set up a tour to view more than one location. It’s fun, educational, persuasive, and easy to use. And because it’s Google, all this goodness is freely available. Now that U.S. government data may become less accessible, people and organizations interested in the long view need all the access they can get.


* Sadly, I’m not affiliated with Google, just a fan. Although like MIT and Slate and Scout and ASU (among others), Google would be a terrific sponsor for thoughtful new science fiction, don’t you think?

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Yes, yes, Google is busy building our new robot overlords, but in the meantime look at the cool stuff they do!*

In Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown, NPR’s The Salt reports that the folks at Reddit have uncovered yet another bit of excellence from our friends at Google: the nutritional comparison tool.

Cue whole minutes of searching for such face-offs as “compare sweet potatoes vs mashed potatoes”, “compare potatoes vs rice”, “compare beef vs pork”. And of course, the inevitable “compare bacon vs celery” … because the only stupid question is one you don’t ask, right?

(Strangely, “compare beaver tails vs. poutine” got me nothing, and I have to say I’m feeling a little judged right now, Google.)

If you’re interested in straight nutritional information, Google can help there too. Search for “how many carbs in french fries?” to get a summary table and handy sidebar of nutrition facts.

Thank you, robot overlords. Now I’m hungry.

 
* True, robot overlords are pretty cool too, in a “fictional view from afar” kind of way.

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I know, I should be working (and I have been and I will be) but! Google has a fun little Doodle in honor of the 66th anniversary of the Roswell incident, and it’s too much fun not to mention.

Google's Roswell Doodle

Need a break? Play the game and take a moment to feel for the little lost alien. Poor thing! Now back to work:)

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Oh, this is wonderful. I’ve just gone to an underground lot in China, a restaurant in India, and an Arctic outpost. Wherever the Secret Door takes you, I doubt you will be disappointed.

Thank you, magic internet!

The Secret Door

The Secret Door is presented by Safestyle UK

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