Need to catch up on current events?

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For those of you guessing that a Current Events quiz is around the corner and realizing that you haven’t been following the news as closely as you should, the new Google News Timeline provides a great tool for catching up.

Edward N. Albro of PCWorld notes that while the News Timeline is work in progress, it’s still fun:

News Timeline is mostly a new way to look at the same material that you can find through Google News Search. The Google engineer who built it, Andy Hertzfeld, says he was inspired by Google Maps, but instead of letting people navigate through space, he wanted to let them navigate through time. So if you want to see all the news reported about HP in April of 2007, for instance, that’s easy to do: you type HP into the search field and set the date for April 2007. When you get is a grid that shows stories about HP arranged in columns, one column for each week of the month.

But that’s kid’s stuff. In addition to searching the Google News database, you can search through content from specific blogs, magazines and newspapers. You can look only for news photos or videos. Or you can search for sports scores or information on movies and books. Want a blow-by-blow account of the year 1424? You can get it through Google’s connection to Wikipedia.

[Continue reading Timeline]

If you enter the current data and choose the “Day” format, you get a reasonably good look at what’s been happening for the past week. There’s no guarantee our quiz material will be covered there, but it should be.

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