Google Earth adds oceans, hits 5.0


James Cook. Ferdinand Magellan. Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Hannu. Want to count yourself among their ranks? You could do worse than installing the new version of Google Earth – which features the oceans.

Previously, 70% of the earth’s surface in Google Earth was just covered with a basic blue blob. It vaguely reflected what was below, but not in any detail, especially when compared to Google’s land coverage. Well, now you can explore the seas in huge detail. You can even go below the surface and view data points – video, photos and text of ocean life and expeditions.

Top five boats to escape the UK floods (because our car's now full of salmon)

floodboat.jpg Yes, yes, we all know how the entirety of England is eight foot under water – infact, I’m typing this on my laptop in my garden, where the water is just under my armpits. Might explain why I keep on getting zapped and my hair’s all frizzy. Oh…

Floods equals water. A ton of water, at that. And a bunch of water equals…BOATS! Yes, boats big and small, yachts, dinghys, catamarans, heck even junks if your heart so desires. So what’s the best boat to zip around in in your local ‘hood, where you can deliver fresh water to that cute girl a couple of doors away? Read on below for our top five…