Reblogged from Ars Technica July 7th, 2009 at 5:51 pm 0 notes #google #gmail #google apps #web
Google Apps sans “beta” tag? Say it ain’t so! Google announced today that Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and even Google Talk are coming out of beta. Google wants to end confusion over what constitutes a still-being-tested product and what might be good for enterprise use—and enterprise use is what the company really wants to see.
Reblogged from google.com August 14th, 2009 at 12:35 pm 1 note #google #physics #chemistry
Probably not even the physics geeks remember much about Hans Christian Ørsted, although Google’s Doodle logo illustrates his key discovery. That is, if you run a current through a wire – in this case, from the battery at the front – then the electricity creates a magnetic field, which will deflect a compass needle.
Thus the study of electromagnetism was born, and it’s the basis of a lot of modern life: it led to the development of electricity generators and transformers. Remember that next time you flick a light switch. (via Hans Christian Ørsted gets Google Doodled | guardian.co.uk
Reblogged from fieldofyellowdandelions September 5th, 2009 at 9:48 am 11 notes #google
Google’s homepage has an interesting doodle that shows a UFO and links to the search results for [unexplained phenomenon].
The doodle is self-referential because many people will think that the doodle itself is an unexplained phenomenon.
To make things more interesting, Google posted an encrypted message on its Twitter account:
1.12.12 188.8.131.52 15 1.18.5 184.108.40.206.14.7 20.15 21.19
decrypted as “All your O are belong to us”, a reference to the popular Internet meme “All your base are belong to us”.
The doodle’s URL is http://www.google.com/logos/go_gle.gif, which suggests that there’s a missing “O”.
Reblogged from Wired September 6th, 2009 at 6:51 pm 0 notes #nature #science #google #animals
Biologists have figured out the most efficient way to destroy an ecosystem — and it’s based on the Google search algorithm.
Scientists have long known that the extinction of key species in a food web can cause collapse of the entire system, but the vast number of interactions between species makes it difficult to guess which animals and plants are the most important. Now, computational biologists have adapted the Google search algorithm, called PageRank, to the problem of predicting ecological collapse, and they’ve created a startlingly accurate model.