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The virtual world gets bigger

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A Google Earth representation of a London landmark: the BT Tower. Credit: © : Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London
NASA?s World Wind programme lets users take a spin on the Moon. Credit: © NASA World Wind

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Butler, D. The virtual world gets bigger. Nature (2006).

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