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How close is the next nuclear power plant and are you living within a seismic zone?

The worldwide distribution of nuclear power plants shows, many of them are related near seismic zones, potentially exposing them to the forces that damaged the Fukushima plant in Japan.   Now a lot of people what to find out how close the next nuclear power plant is to their home location. This is a classic query of Spatial information systems and can visualized on maps. ESRI has published an interactive map where you can find out how close a nuclear plan is to your location by entering an address or using the browser geolocation functionality. Users can also determine whether they live within 10-mile or 50-mile U.S. evacuation zones of any nuclear plants. "All of the earthquakes on this map are significant," said ESRI analyst Bronwyn Agrios, noting that the analysis was eye-opening for those on ESRI's staff. "We found that we're just on the cusp of the evacuation zone of the San Onofre plant, just down the coast on t…

Android Browser Comparison

A few years ago mobile browsing was a real hassle and after a few websites you wanted to throw away your phone. With capacitive touch screens and new gesture controls mobile browsing has improved and the percentage of website visitors accessing sites via mobile devices increases from month to month.
Google Android claim to be open. This philosophy has lead to many applications, which have tight integration to the core functionality of the operating system. As a consequence alternative browsers are widespread for the Android platform.
Default Browser The defaut Android browser uses Google Crome technology, and is improved constantly with every new version of Android. The default browser is straightforward and is also very fast. But even though there are some reasons to look for alternative browsers. I’ve put some alternatives together.
Firefox 4 The mew mobile version of Firefox 4 is now available for Android and has significantly improved performance and resources compared to latest beta v…

Shpescape – The easiest way (yet) to put Shape on the Web

Have you ever wondered how to make your GIS data available over the Web? No don’t think about setting up an ArcGIS server and publish services from your Geodatabase. ESRI recently pushed their online platform ArcGIS online, where you have the possibility to create a global account and upload map data and layer files for mashup with other services and base maps. This is a suitable way which will allow to publish geographic data very quickly.
Another way is to use SHPescape. This is a web application, which transforms shape files (still the most common exchange format in the GIS industry) to Google Fusion tables. With this solution you do not relay on ESRI at all.