7 Nifty Google Tricks
Ever felt the urge to explore distant nebulae or peruse street art on the avenues of Paris?
Google has the answer.
Here are seven nifty Google tools that you may not know about. No longer hidden behind the mysterious interwebs, they may become your next obsession, distracting you (yet again) at the office.
Useful for: Budding astronomers, amateur stargazers, trekkies
To infinity and beyooond!
Many of us have messed around on Google Maps, watching dizzying and somewhat hypnotising maps zoom around the globe, landing on a specific locale.
Google Sky takes that concept to the next level, inverting maps so that users are staring out at nebulae and galaxies worlds away.
The tool shows a detailed map of the universe. It is a mosaic of sorts, pasted together from various infrared photographs taken through the Hubble Space telescope, as well as various sky surveys.
So basically, Google Sky is candy for starving astronomers.
The site also includes maps originally drawn hundreds of years ago by astronomer Giovanni Maria Cassini, who captured classical constellation formations.
Google Street Art
Useful for: Hipsters, graffiti artists, and fans of obscure Slovakian artwork
Do you have a passion for Slovakian artwork? Then the Google Cultural Institute is the place for you.
The Institute has launched a catalogue of street art projects throughout the world from the slums of Paris to the concrete walls of Buenos Aires. Exhibits feature historical dialogues about the eras when the works were made.
The site also includes a compendium of world wonders and historic monuments, alongside themed projects such as “Stories of the Holocaust” and “Made in Italy.”
The street art project therefore functions like a moveable museum opening up exhibits displayed halfway across the world at random sites like the Slovak National Museum or the Bratislava City Gallery.
Useful for: Twitter fiends seeking the perfect hashtag
Google has a sleek new tool that lets users search trending topics. It then shows them the amount of interest in the topic—both over time and by region.
David Beckham, for example, has a curious fan base across the world. The Brits searched for Beckham news most often, but several other unexpected countries were also havens for Beckham mania.
Google users from Myanmar often searched for the soccer star. The Maldives island chain, which we heard was practically underwater, was also a prime location for Beckham searches.
Useful for: Thrifty trigonometry students
For all the trigonometry scholars out there who are reluctant to fork out the $20 for a scientific calculator, Google has an answer.
Just search scientific calculator and a handy dandy instrument will appear, equipped to handle all those pesky sines, cosines, and tangents that plague high schoolers.
Useful for: English majors, etymology experts
Google has created a tool that lets you search words used in the books listed on Google Books. The site then graphs the data to show when and how often those words were used so that you can see exactly when words became popular. Elert the etymology experts!
Google Site Search
Useful for: Prolific Googlers, intent on the best search terminology
Searching for something on a poorly designed site can be a frustrating experience, especially when the site interface seems impossible to navigate.
Searchers, breath easy. Google, once again, has the answer.
Type “site:” and then the name of your desired website and then your search terms into Google. The search engine will show you a list of results from that site alone.
Gone are days when you had to struggle over pages of unwieldy search results. Next
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