predators and prey

The Google PageRank formula can be used to model changes to the structure of food webs in an eco-system.

Eco-systems often contain many different species which depend on each other in complex ways. Working out how population changes and extinctions affect the food web is difficult. But finding out which species are key predators and prey in these webs is vital if species or eco-systems are to be protected.

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Cuil search

Try searching Cuil for itself.

Cuil isn’t self-aware!

And some other strange results… neither by popularity nor relevance.

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Cool Cuil Knowledge

July 28, 2008

Cuil logo

Cuil‘s the new search engine on the block. Cuil claims it searches over 120 billion pages, “three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft”. Cuil says it uses relevancy, not just popularity.

Is it any good?

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Moon footprint [NASA]

ChinaView reports that pictures by Chang’e-1 will not show U.S. astronauts’ footprints left on moon. What they don’t explain is that this is because the footprints aren’t there. After all, everyone knows the Americans never made it to the Moon, except in their dreams and a TV studio.

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Googleablizationism

October 3, 2007

Someone, somewhere knows the answer, but they weren’t in the room at the time. “Google knows everything,” I said, “so it’ll be googleable.” ” ‘Googleable’! “, my friend said, “That’s a good one, not heard that before.” (He is a friend, but calling him my colleague might make you think we were avoiding work for a minute or two on a Friday afternoon.)

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