Millions of people are searching for things every day on Google. The people at the giant search engine company realized that if they tracked those searches, the patterns can tell us about what's happening with people's lives.
Foodies are obsessed with all things local and artisanal. But as the trend works through its inevitable life cycle, a bar manager in a hip East Los Angeles neighborhood is touting a cocktail program based entirely on California-produced spirits.
A hunter in Norton, Mass., thought he saw white-tailed deer in the woods. In reality, he was looking at two dogs being taken for a walk. When he fired a shot, the hunter missed both dogs. But the bad news is he wounded the woman walking them.
Last year was supposed to be a great year for the superhero movie, but it turned out to be hype: Neither Green Lantern nor Thor reached expectations. Looking ahead to 2012, there will be another bout of superhero movies, but this time, says NPR's Neda Ulaby, they actually might take off.
Lecturing has never been an effective teaching technique, and now that information is everywhere some say it's a waste of time. Now, physicists have the data to prove it. But efforts to lose the lecture encounter resistance — sometimes from students.
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