Cybertainment: Explore the world on Google

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For virtual travelers looking to explore new horizons, Google's World Wonders Project is an ideal destination.

The site features photos and video of many of the world's most notable places, including Stonehenge, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Versailles Palace and many others. Categories include cities and towns, archaeological sites, architecture, parks and gardens, places of worship and wonders of nature.

The World Wonders Project creates a nearly immersive experience and sense of the place. It uses 3-D modeling and Google's Street View technology, which maps an area using panoramic street-level images. Visitors can scan a location with 360-degree panoramic photos and zoom in for extreme close-ups. Use the computer mouse buttons to simulate walking down paths and streets and exploring interiors.

Each featured site also has background information and recommendations for further reading.

Google plans to add more locations to the project.

UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund, Cyark and others are among the World Wonders Project partners.

Classroom materials for primary and secondary school teachers are available as a free download.

www.google.com/intl/en/culturalinstitute/worldwonders

Radio.com is debuting a new summer concert in August. The Summer Pool Fiesta (SPF) will be staged at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Aug. 17, with pop artists Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo and Sammy Adams as the main acts.

The live broadcast will stream on Radio.com and YouTube starting at 11 p.m. Aug. 17.

Radio.com is CBS Radio's online radio site. It features live streaming of more than 350 music, sports, talk and news stations, along with concerts and events.

Ticket information: www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.

http://radio.com

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Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.


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