Seven years ago Google went to a lot of effort and expense to film a very short documentary about how we at Improbable Research do internet searching in innovative ways. This little documentary was going to be an ad for Google, both on TV and on the internet. And it might have introduced a LOT […]
Japan, arguably the world’s epicentre of cuteness, has the word ‘Kawaii’ to refer to an entity’s degree of cuteness. With this in mind, researchers at Goo Labs developed an unusual internet search engine – one which attempted to rank results according to how cute they were. Details were provided in Chapter 12 of the 2012 […]
Our friends at Silk have put together a searchable database of Ig Nobel Prize winners. Give it a try!
Internet search engines are not yet reliable enough to find evidence of time travelers — if that information exists and if it’s findable. That’s what this new study suggests: “Searching the Internet for evidence of time travelers,” Robert J. Nemiroff [pictured above], Teresa Wilson [pictured below], arXiv:1312.7128, December 26, 2013. The authors, at Michigan Tech, write: “Time […]
A fresh heap of rumors say that soon, soon scientists at the CERN particle accelerator will announce that they have discovered evidence that the Higgs boson exists. Or that it doesn’t. Or that they evidence doesn’t quite prove the one or the other. Ian Sample, science editor of The Guardian, wrote a surprisingly-fun-and-fact-filled book, called […]