Google beats the CDC at their own game

Check this out! Google has been using search results to measure the severity of flu outbreaks around the United States. Google describes the phenomonon as follows. We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms… We compared our query counts with data…

Google scholar trick makes it more useful

Google Scholar is a resource for using Google to search for scholarly publications. I have not used the site much because, in my experience, it has been more of a frustration than an aid in research. When I used Google Scholar in the past I quickly found a link to the paper, but when I…