Why Google Didn’t Build Search, Plus Your Body

This week, Google improved search results for health-related queries. When it detects that you’re searching for symptoms of illness, it displays a list of new search queries for health conditions that might be related. Google now crawls the Web and gathers health information from articles, producing this list algorithmically.

Clicking an item in…

Google’s 3D Human Body Browser Is Now Open-Source

Google announced yesterday that its layered 3D browser of the human body has become an open-source project. Google Body was built by Google engineers in their “20% time” – the 1/5th of Googlers’ time and energy they can devote to creative projects – of which all other human beings are jealous.

Zygote Media Group, which provided the imagery for…

Google Brings Drug Info to Search Results

If there’s anything that a recent ear ache taught me, it’s that searching for answers on the Internet can be a trying task at times. The world is full of people – all of them doctors in their own mind – and the Internet is a wonderful representation of all their opinions.

While we love this fact when it comes to political discourse and daily…

Google Takes Flu Trends One Step Futher With Vaccine-Finding Map

Last month, we told you about Google’s Flu Trends’ expansion to 20 countries around the world. The program monitors mentions of flu symptoms to predict – and hopefulyl help prevent – flu outbreaks.

Today, Google has announced a new feature of Maps that will allow users to find flu vaccines near them. In partnership with the U.S. Department of…