You’ve probably used Google Maps before, but here is a chance to be Google Green. They have a Biking Directions feature available, in over 200 U.S. cities and in nine Canadian regions, illustrating bike lanes, hills and route suggestions, making it easier to leave your gas guzzler behind.
Google Transit can map the quickest public transit routes in more than 470 cities around the world. And if you want to carpool and avoid traffic, the Traffic layer displays real-time traffic conditions on your route. As an extra perk for those of you who drive electric vehicles, you can easily find electric vehicle charging stations by typing “ev charging station in [your city]” directly into Google Maps.
NASA and Earth Day
NASA is participating in Earth Day this year with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event, asking people to take a photo of themselves outside and post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. NASA will use the images to create a mosaic image of Earth — a new “Blue Marble” built bit by bit with your photos. Get more info on how to participate here.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower will peak in the early hours of Earth Day but will be visible most of the week, although a bright moon or weather may obscure the view. Still, with 10-20 meteors an hour possible, looks like this year Earth Night could be as exciting as Earth Day.
Some very cool social stats from the Sochi olympics as reported from the Associated Press. A look at some numbers compiled by the IOC that illustrate the digital engagement of fans at the Sochi Olympics: