September 2013

Google Search Engine To Answer Questions More Like A Human

by Rachel Baker on September 28, 2013

Google has updated the formula that runs its search engine to give better answers to the more complex questions people are searching asking.

The overhaul came as part of an update called “Hummingbird” that Google Inc. has gradually rolled out in the past month without disclosing the modifications.

The changes could have a major impact on traffic to websites. Hummingbird represents the most dramatic alteration to Google’s search engine since it revised the way it indexes websites three years ago as part of a redesign called “Caffeine,” according to Amit Singhal, a senior vice president for the company. He estimates that the redesign will affect the analysis of about 90 percent of the search requests that Google gets.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/27/google-hummingbird_n_4001782.html

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Google Serves the Best Kale Salad EVER

September 28, 2013 food

Women’s Health Magazine has the recipe for the highly sought after Kale and Quinoa salad, created by Dana Gerson at the NYC Google Office. If you get a little too excited for bagel Fridays at your office, then you’re about to get very jealous when we tell you that Google offers its employees free lunch […]

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Try this healthy easy-to-make on-the-go breakfast

September 28, 2013 food

Here’s a great idea for a breakfast yogurt parfait that can be taken on the way out the door. All you need is a spoon. While its not as easy as a breakfast bar or a diet/low sugar/low fat shake, its probably healthier and creates less of a chance of eating disorders in teenagers… and […]

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Emeril Lagasse’s Daughters Write Gluten Free Cookbook

September 27, 2013 food

Not being able to eat their father’s foods, the Lagassee girls got together and rewrote family recipes that they could eat – recipes that were gluten free. Here’s an article on glutenfreeliving.com about the process, and their experiences. The irony is hard to miss: the two daughters of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse can’t enjoy many […]

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How to Beat the Post-Travel Blues

September 27, 2013 news

There’s a really good article at Lonelyplanet.com with some tips on how to beat the post travel blues. You’ve just had a fabulous holiday and you should be feeling all serene and enriched, right? Instead you’re sluggish, cranky, maybe even a little weepy, and everything seems washed-out and no-account. Looks like you’ve got a case […]

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A Portrait of a Lady can Help Relieve Anxiety

September 27, 2013 books

Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, authors of The Novel Cure, recommend reading Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady to relieve feelings of anxiety. Of the 14 causes of anxiety that we have identified,* the first chapter of The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James can be expected to ameliorate 10. Opening as it […]

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Eating the Right Foods for Your Stress Levels

September 27, 2013 food

Here are nine “eat-instead-of” foods that will help to lower your stress levels without the pitfalls of a pint of ice cream. Forget everything you’ve heard about stress-eating being a bad thing. If you put the right foods in your pie hole (i.e., not pie), noshing when your nerves are jangling can actually calm you […]

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Pope Francis Lengthy Interview in America Magazine

September 27, 2013 news

America: The National Catholic Review has an exclusive interview with Pope Francis. The interview took place in Rome at three different meetings in August 2013. The interview is quite lengthy, but its wonderfully written in narrative form, not interview form, so its easier to read. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., […]

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This Week is Banned Books Week

September 26, 2013 arts

Banned book week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. The ALA is a great resource for Banned Book Week Awareness. Each year, the American Library Association compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books. Here is the list for last year, and at the link you can find […]

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