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Shocking Maps Show How Humans Have Reshaped Earth Since 1992

Generated from satellite data, the maps track losses and gains of land used for agriculture, forests, urbanization, and more.
Becky Ferreira
11.30.18
Google

The One Place in the US Google Earth Stopped Mapping

For eight years, Google Earth didn't update its satellite image of a military installation in Nevada. So we bought one ourselves.
Dhruv Mehrotra
Brendan Byrne
10.24.18
VICE News Tonight on HBO

The most powerful U.S. weather satellite can see inside hurricanes

NOAA’s new satellite is helping scientists predict hurricanes and forest fires — all at once.
Arielle Duhaime-Ross
9.22.17
INDIA

Satellites are helping root out modern slavery in northern India

Kathleen Caulderwood
8.7.17
earth

New Map Shows Only a Tiny Sliver of Antarctica Is Ice-Free—For Now

Climate scientists distinguish rock from clouds, snow, and ice in satellite images to bring a more precise measurement of Antarctica’s rocky outcrop.
Ian Birnbaum
8.11.16
jordan

Archaeologists Find Mysterious Monument in Petra Using Satellite Imagery

For over two-thousand years, a massive, mysterious structure has been hiding in plain sight.
Sarah Emerson
6.11.16
Canada

An Island on a Lake on an Island on a Lake on an Island

NASA just published photos of the world's largest sub-sub-sub island.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.23.15
NORTH KOREA

Satellite Images Indicate North Korea Could be Restarting Nuclear Operations

Analysts in the US say aerial pictures show possible new activity at Yongbyon nuclear weapons fuel reactor.
Liz Fields
1.29.15
Motherboard Blog

Startups Are Launching Satellites to Spy on Us From Space

The real-time, high-res footage cameras are streaming back to the web is startling—and creepy.
Meghan Neal
1.7.14
Motherboard Blog

In the Future, We May Be Able to See Mass Graves From Space

Satellite images could show where the bodies are buried.
Grace Wyler
9.10.13
Motherboard Blog

Gaze Upon This Desert Landscape and Be Revived

And realize that everything is actually amazing.
Michael Byrne
5.11.13