Presentation at the Google Earth Engine 2015 user summit: Ran Goldblatt presented the Big Pixel Initiative at Google's Google Earth Engine User Summit. + WATCH VIDEO

Incredible Satellite Images Show China Building Artificial Archipelago: It seems strange that a remote patch of water would become the focus of international controversy and millions of dollars worth of infrastructure. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the South China Sea right now. + READ MORE

Moving Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Cities: This article evaluates the science of cities... how cities grow, and what influences their characteristics. "are we getting closer to an evolutionary theory of cities?" or is it inherently unpredictable, given that cities are made of individuals? + READ MORE

Global Forest Change: This paper by Hansen et al is the first map of global forest cover change using Landsat data. This is a major step forward in marriage of satellite image processing and big data: + READ MORE

The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture: In this digital age, we are still very much a product of place. What can we detect from the sky that would enlighten the results in this article? + READ MORE