One thing we love here at EarthTechling is staring at nature images on our iPad. It is really nice to take a break sometimes from writing breaking green tech stories, look at a color image of a remote rainforest and dream of hanging out beneath the trees. Now a new iPad application from the folks at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is available for free that lets us dream even more.
The Science360 app for the iPad, as the NSF calls it, features spectacular images from NSF-funded institutions in high resolution for your portable view pleasure. It provides a rather unique interface for viewing photos in a spherical or 360-degree presentation. Content viewable on the app is “either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, college and university press offices, popular and peer-reviewed journals, National Science Foundation science and engineering centers, and funding entities that include government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and private industry.”
Besides images, content available on the Science360 app includes video and breaking science news culled from partnerships with NBC Learn and LiveScience.com as well as Science Nation. All of this can be shared as well through Facebook, Twitter or email.
“iPads are becoming more prevalent, more reliable and more viable for locating information,” said Acting NSF Director of Public Affairs Dana Topousis in a statement. “This application will provide at your fingertips another avenue for sharing and accessing breaking science news.”
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