European airspace rebooted

A visualization of the northern European airspace returning to use after being closed due to volcanic ash. Due to varying ash density across Europe, the first flights can be seen in some areas on the 18th and by the 20th everywhere is open.

The flight data is courtesy of flightradar24.com and covers a large fraction of Europe.

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Earth View in Google Maps

Downtown stl

Google announced they have added an ‘Earth’ button to Google Maps. You can now explore the world in luxuriantly-detailed, data-rich 3D imagery and terrain from Google Earth. If you’ve already downloaded Google Earth to your computer, you should be able to see Earth view in Maps right away.

Otherwise, you will be asked to install a plugin to enjoy a Maps experience that includes angled Earth views, 3D buildings, smooth panning and zooming and a great introductory showcase of places to visit and things to see.

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World’s smallest horse

Meet Einstein — a happy, healthy half-pinto stallion who just happens to be the world’s smallest horse.

Breeder Judy Smith, of Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm, in Barnstead, New Hampshire, said she thought he was dead.

“I have been at this for 20 years plus but I have never seen one this tiny or even close to it.

“At first he didn’t move very much. We started rubbing him with a towel and he started to move around. He was so small!”

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