Space: Is Anyone Out There? New SETI Tool Keeps Track of Alien Searches. “Jill Tarter, a co-founder of the institute who inspired the fictional character Ellie Arroway in the Carl Sagan novel ‘Contact’ (which later became a 1997 movie), led the development of a newly announced web tool called Technosearch. This database includes all published SETI searches between 1960 and the present day.” I didn’t have a good understanding of a what a “SETI search” entailed – Sky and Telescope helped me out..
Nature: Here’s what scientists searched for in 2018: AI is up, stress is down. “Ever wondered what your colleagues are searching for online? ‘Cancer’, ‘blockchain’ and ‘big data’ were among the top search terms in a major science database in 2018.”
Lifehacker: See What Podcasts People Are Listening to Right Now. “Listen Notes, Lifehacker’s favorite podcast search engine, has a new real-time feed that shows you what podcasts its users are currently listening to. These people are streaming the podcasts on the site, not in their usual player, so this won’t tell you the most popular podcasts overall. In fact, while you’ll see a lot of popular shows, you’ll also discover stuff that would never show up on Google or Apple’s top charts.”
Search Engine Roundtable: Google Tests More Movie & TV Streaming Options In Search. “Google in November 2017 began showing movies and TV shows to watch on YouTube and other providers directly in search. Now, it seems Google is pushing that a bit more with the ability to add more streaming providers and testing new interfaces for it.”
The Quint: This Govt-Owned Search Website Fetches Data from ‘Sarkari’ Portals. Government of India. I think in this case Sarkari means “official,” so it’s a search for official government information. “Currently, most of your online searches are directed towards Google which is universally known to fetch information on anything and everything you’d want to know. But, what if you were looking for stuff a bit closer to home and something much intricate and detailed?”
MakeUseOf: 5 New Ways to Search YouTube and Find Trending and Awesome Videos . “Given the amount of great content on YouTube, you’d think it would be easier to find a video you want to watch. If you are frustrated with YouTube’s limited search functions or weird video suggestions, here’s how you can search for videos or find amazing things to watch.” I want to try most of these.
How-To Geek: Best Sites for Finding Song Lyrics. “Have you ever discovered that you’ve been singing one of your favorite songs incorrectly all along? Instead of being embarrassed in front of your friends, it’s easier to use one of the lyrics searching website discussed below and find the actual lyrics of the song.”