Wednesday Word of the Week: pareidolia

pareidolia (pair-i-DOH-lee-uh) noun. optical illusion involving the perception of a familiar pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist. Pareidolia can be seeing a bunny in the clouds, Hitler in a teapot, Jesus in a chapatti, or whatever you want in an inkblot. Landscape, however, provides some beautiful examples of pareidolia. And now, thanks to the geniuses at Google, NASA, and the makers of … Continue reading Wednesday Word of the Week: pareidolia

Volunteers Search Photos for Missing Jet

WORLD A new crowdsourcing platform is using satellite imagery to allow the public to help experts solve the mystery of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (CNN) Use our resources to get acquainted with the Gulf of Thailand and Malacca Strait, where the missing jet may have veered off-course. Watch this video to see how planes and helicopters are searching for the missing plane … Continue reading Volunteers Search Photos for Missing Jet

A view of nighttime lights from North and South Korea.

North Korea Goes Dark

WORLD North Korea’s isolation is visible in new satellite photos that show the energy-bankrupt country at night. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to see North Korea’s dark nights. Discussion Ideas Take a look at our MapMaker Interactive, with the “Lights at Night” layer activated. The bright lights of South Korea and the heavily industrialized area ringing the Bohai Sea, China, (sometimes called the Gulf … Continue reading North Korea Goes Dark

Counting Penguins from Space

SCIENCE (No, the penguins aren’t from space.) Climatologist and explorer Alain Hubert relies on ground truth to aid satellite-based research at a newly discovered penguin colony in Antarctica. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to understand how researchers take a penguin head-count. Discussion Ideas Read the Nat Geo News article, then watch our terrific Wild Chronicles video on “Antarctic Penguins.” Both are about scientists trying to … Continue reading Counting Penguins from Space

Satellite Images: New Tool for Conservation

ENVIRONMENT If a picture is worth a thousand words, satellite images may tell a crucial story for conservationists and anyone else looking to protect tigers or other endangered species. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand big cats and their habitats. Discussion Ideas Look at our MapMaker Interactive, which displays a beautiful map layer of “Big Cat Ranges.” The Nat Geo News article … Continue reading Satellite Images: New Tool for Conservation