Thursday, May 21, 2009

H1N1 Swine Flu Map

The FluTracker website attempts to geographically visualize of cases of H1Ni swine flu during the outbreak which began in spring 2009.

I'm posting this not to alarm, but rather so we can all get a sense of the scale of this incident.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How Much Energy in a Google Search?

I was just talking with a friend who said he'd heard something about a Google search taking as much energy as boiling a cup of tea.

I found this article which mentions the original reference, but then links Google's repsonse.

Bottom line: Assuming that the original estimate of 15 grams of carbon dioxide generated to boil "a kettle of water" was at all accurate, and using Google's stated 0.2g of CO2 per Google search, the kettle of water takes 75 times as much energy.