Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 22, 2017
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Google’s gone under

If a beach vacation isn’t in the cards this winter, go into your office, turn off all the lights, sit right up close to your computer screen and point your browser to Google Maps’ new ocean gallery. The mapping giant, together with the University of Queensland’s Catlin Seaview Survey (which aims to create the world’s first Global Reef Record) just launched six stunning underwater panoramic tours of coral reefs in Hawaii, Australia and the Philippines. While not exactly the same as scuba diving in warm, lovely ocean water, “swimming” through the pics is quite impressive — especially if you ignore the small-but-still-visible “© 2012 Google” stamp that’s, unfortunately, bigger in full-screen mode. The SVII underwater camera has thus far captured the reefs near Maui’s Molokini Crater and Oahu’s Hanauma Bay, the reefs (and sea turtles and manta rays) around Heron, Lady Elliott and Wilson Islands in the Great Barrier Reef and the Apo Islands in the Philippines. maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/index.html. [CC]

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