My Note –
Did you know it does all this on Google plus it will translate any page from one language to another?
and other good stuff –
Improve Your Search Experience
In addition to providing easy access to billions of web pages, Google has many special features to help you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Some of our most popular features are listed below.
To see the weather for many U.S. and worldwide cities, type “weather” followed by the city and state, U.S. zip code, or city and country.
To see current market data for a given company or fund, type the ticker symbol into the search box. On the results page, you can click the link to see more data from Google Finance.
To see the time in many cities around the world, type in “time” and the name of the city.
To see scores and schedules for sports teams type the team name or league name into the search box. This is enabled for many leagues including the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball.
All sports data provided by STATS, Inc.
To use Google’s built-in calculator function, simply enter the calculation you’d like done into the search box.
If you’re looking for results from Google Book Search, you can enter the name of the author or book title into the search box and we’ll return any book content we have as part of your normal web results. You can click through on the record to view more detailed info about that author or title.
To see information about recent earthquakes in a specific area type “earthquake” followed by the city and state or U.S. zip code. For recent earthquake activity around the world simply type “earthquake” in the search box.
You can use Google to convert between many different units of measurement of height, weight, and volume among many others. Just enter your desired conversion into the search box and we’ll do the rest.
To see trends for population and unemployment rates of U.S. states and counties, type “population” or “unemployment rate” followed by a state or county. You can click through to a page that lets you compare different locations.
If you’re looking for someone you just met or a long-lost friend, enter the name of that person plus some identifying words about him or her to see a list of people with that name.
If you want to search not only for your search term but also for its synonyms, place the tilde sign (~) immediately in front of your search term.
To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word “define” then a space, then the word(s) you want defined. To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type “define:” followed by a word or phrase. Note that the results will define the entire phrase.
Google’s spell checking software automatically checks whether your query uses the most common spelling of a given word. If it thinks you’re likely to generate better results with an alternative spelling, it will ask “Did you mean: (more common spelling)?”. Click the suggested spelling to launch a Google search for that term.
If you’re looking for a store, restaurant, or other local business you can search for the category of business and the location and we’ll return results right on the page, along with a map, reviews, and contact information.
To find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you, type “movies” or the name of a current film into the Google search box. If you’ve already saved your location on a previous search, the top search result will display showtimes for nearby theaters for the movie you’ve chosen.
Real Estate and Housing
To see home listings in a given area type “housing”, “home”, or “real estate” and the name of a city or a U.S. zip code into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button. Clicking the “Go” button on the results page will display details of individual homes that Google has indexed.
Airline Travel Info
To see flight status for arriving and departing U.S. flights, type in the name of the airline and the flight number into the search box. You can also see delays at a specific airport by typing in the name of the city or three-letter airport code followed by the word “airport”.
To use our built-in currency converter, simply enter the conversion you’d like done into the Google search box and we’ll provide your answer directly on the results page.
Looking for a map? Type in the name or U.S. zip code of a location and the word “map” and we’ll return a map of that location. Clicking on the map will take you to a larger version on Google Maps.
Plus (+) Operator
Google ignores common words and characters such as where, the, how, and other digits and letters that slow down your search without improving the results. If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can make sure we pay attention to it by putting a “+” sign in front of it.
To search for web pages that have similar content to a given site, type “related:” followed by the website address into the Google search box.
Fill in the Blank
Sometimes the best way to ask a question is to get Google to ‘fill in the blank’ by adding an asterisk (*) at the part of the sentence or question that you want finished into the Google search box.
Search by Number
You can track packages by typing the tracking number for your UPS, Fedex or USPS package directly into the search box. We’ll return results that include quick links to easily track the status of your shipment.
To search for U.S. patents, enter the word “patent” followed by the patent number into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button.
To see the geographical location for any U.S. telephone area code, just type the three-digit area code into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button.
[and this is my other favorite – it has a page with all kinds of search engines with specialized focus among other nifty things – like links to just about all the newspapers in the world – ]
[From RefDesk.com – ]
|FACT OF THE DAY:
In July 1932, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to its lowest point in the Great Depression when it hit 41.2; its value had dropped nearly 90% since September 1929 when it was at 340. – From The World Almanac 2009
|THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs. – Joan Didion
|SITE OF THE DAY:
“Find the best library and reference resources at LibrarySpot.com, including top dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, maps, quotations and much more.”
• SOTD Archive
(check out the left hand sidebar – really amazing info sources – )
Seismic boom: Breaking the quake barrier
Excerpt – (that I found very interesting – shearwaves earthquake waves)
With Rosakis on the verge of losing the bet, they put the slabs under slightly higher pressure by squeezing the fault tighter. Then, when they triggered a rupture, something odd happened: a fresh “daughter” crack suddenly appeared ahead of the main “mother” rupture, travelling much faster.
The daughter crack then expanded rapidly, and joined up with the mother rupture, causing the entire rupture to immediately start travelling faster than its shear waves, leapfrogging the “forbidden” speeds.
Not only that, it continued to produce new shear waves, which added to the first batch to produce a new, more powerful shock wave called a “Mach front”, which trailed behind the rupture in the shape of a boat’s wake (see diagram) (Science, vol 303, p 1859).
This is similar to what happens when jet fighters break the sound barrier and travel at Mach speeds; they create pressure waves as they speed through the air, but travel fast enough to catch up with them. The waves constructively interfere with each other to become one explosive sonic boom, extending in an expanding cone behind the aircraft.
[etc. – great stuff in this article]
Search Engines Links Page on RefDesk.com
• WMD Commission Full Report
• 9/11 Commission Full Report
• America Responds
• CBS News Disaster Links
• DoD News Releases
• FBI News Releases
• Federal News Service
• London Attacks: July 2005
• Middle East News Resources
• UN News Service
• War in Iraq Casualty Count
• War in Iraq Resources
[from RefDesk.com – halfway down left-hand sidebar on main page]
Google Tip of the Day
Learn new ways to use Google’s services
(Oh Yeah – that works – I’ll have to tell Mom and Dad about that one – they are always losing that little scrap of paper with the directions written down on it.)
– cricketdiane note