Google_earth_berkeleyGoogle Earth has just released three new cities, Berkeley amongst them, in all their resplendent 3D glory, complete with steamrolled cars, dust-mote-people, campus buildings and everything. The other two cities are Cologne, Germany, and The Hague, Netherlands.

As early as 2008, Google has been creating 3D buildings and cities for public perusal.  In this most recent release, The Hague was the impressive product of 60 people’s collaborative effort.

Image source: Google Earth Blog
New 3D cities released; Berkeley, Cologne and The Hague [Google Earth Blog]


Teenager wears Real 3D Glasses

If you said that summer 2010 could be aptly renamed as the summer of 3D, we wouldn’t disagree. Flicks following everything from vicious, flesh-eating fish to sassy teen dancers ruled the silver screen, in all their pop-out-and-invade-your-sense-of-personal-space glory.  Apparently, oversized teeth gnashing away two inches from your face is a pretty big crowd-pleaser. That, and the bi-colored glasses are just way too hip to pass up.

What you might not know about this cinematic and cultural phenomenon is that it’s currently being researched at our very own UC Berkeley. Yup, Martin Banks, a Professor of Visual Science here, is eager to find out more about 3D—especially when it turns bad.

According to Banks, those post-movie gnarly headaches are caused by the brain’s difficulty in processing the aberrations that often accompany shoddy 3D productions. We’re still hoping that Banks can find more conclusive evidence to start knocking that dreaded two-character ending off of … uh, like, every movie being made, so, in the meantime, let’s save all that red/blue overload for Big Game.

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UC Berkeley Researchers Study Health Effects of 3D [ABC News]