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You’ll all be pretty familiar with the traditional periodic table, but what would it look like if you organised it according to how often each element is searched for on Google? Anders Sandberg has done just this! He calls it the Popularity Table of the Elements.

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Google Scholar is Google’s search engine for journal articles and books.  If you are on campus  “available online from UWS” links will appear automatically in your search results; if you are off campus you will need to make a small change to Google’s settings to get these links.

Getting full text at home
You can get UWS full text links off campus by going to http://scholar.google.com/ scholar_setprefs?instq=university+west+scotland , ticking the options for University of the West of Scotland in the “Library Links” section, and then choosing to “Save Preferences”.

This will add the “available online from UWS” links to Google Scholar, but you will still need to log in with Athens to read many of these articles.

This feature changed recently – if you had set this up in the past and your UWS links have disappeared, please follow the above instructions to restore the links.

More help on using Google Scholar, including configuring Google Scholar to work with EndNote, is available on the library website.


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Cover from Popular Science, May 1946Google Books are now providing access to every issue of Popular Science, a long-running American science magazine aimed at a general audience. The archives cover from the 1870s to one year ago.

This is a complete archive, giving access to science news as it was reported at the time the events occured.  Not all the magazines predictions came true – the prototype 10 foot iron hoop did not develop into “the car of the future” (1932), and the detailed plans for “how we’ll live on Mars” haven’t implemented (1953).  However, articles include early reports of

Google and Popular Science are working on developing the interface to make it easier to browse through issues, and the entire archive can be searched from the Popular Science website.

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Use Google to convert values

You can use Google to easily convert one unit of measurement into another. 

To try this out, type 15 k in miles into Google and click on search.  The converted distance will be shown at the top of your results.

This also works for converting weights, temperatures and currencies, e.g.,

100 lb in kilograms

15 C in F

8 canadian dollars in pounds

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