Google asks for user help to wipe out scraper sites

Google's ramping up its efforts to defeat so-called scraper sites - websites which lift content from others more or less word for word in order to improve their search rankings.

Algorithm can read a person's face

Researchers have developed software that can tell a person's personality and mood from their facial expression.

Crime tracking algorithm works in real time

Israeli researchers have developed an algorithm that can be used by security organizations to track the likely location of criminals on-the-fly.

Algorithm aims to solve Bible authorship

It's long been known that the Bible had several authors - but just how many, and which bits they wrote, has been subject to much argument.

The world's most expensive book? A 1992 volume on flies

Late last year, the world's most expensive book - a beautifully-preserved copy of John James Audubon's Birds of America - sold at Sotheby's for £7.3 million, or around $10 million.

Google targets content farms with major algorithm change

Google's made a major change to its search algorithm, designed to deliver higher-quality results, which it says will noticeably affect nearly 12 percent of queries.

Google attempts to take spam off the menu

Google's conceding that its search results are sometimes less than ideal, and is promising new efforts to reduce the amount of spam that it generates.

Google acts to stop dodgy vendors profiting from poor service

Google has changed its search algorithm to try and ensure that merchants delivering poor service can no longer benefit from complaints.

Princeton computer scientists find new way to track spread of ideas

Computer scientists at Princeton University computer scientists have developed a new way to track the beginning and the spread of ideas. This new method could make it easier to measure how influential some ideas really are. 

Software keeps car in the right lane

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a system that allows a car to stay in its lane without human control.

Google explains how it ranks search results

As the European Commission opens an anti-trust enquiry into Google, the company has revealed details of how it ranks its search results.

The Perfect Storm is the perfect movie, say scientists

We suspect Cornell University's James Cutting is after a job in Hollywood. He and his team have applied cognitive psychology to work out which films are the most engrossing. Based on modern perception research, they deconstructed 70 years of film, shot by shot.

New graphics algorithm promises film quality games

Graphics developers at Williams College and Nvidia have created a new algorithm that they say will drastically improve graphics quality.