The days of our scientific lives

Google's latest launch is a new homepage for Google Blog Search "so that you too can browse and discover the most interesting stories in the blogosphere. Adapting some of the technology pioneered by Google News, we're now showing categories on the left side of the website and organizing the blog posts within those categories into clusters, which are groupings of posts about the same story or event. Grouping them in clusters lets you see the best posts on a story or get a variety of perspectives. When you look within a cluster, you'll find a collection of the most interesting and recent posts on the topic, along with a timeline graph that shows you how the story is gaining momentum in the blogosphere." Much feedback I've seen is positive (and it does look nice), but not all are enthusiastic: "The new Google Blog Search is very nice. It's a big improvement to the old one. But it's like a lot of Google's services. All algorithm and no "voice". It may attract a mainstream audience the way Google News has and that's fine. But for me, it's not close to the value that I get from aggregators with an angle. It's like a mainstream newspaper versus a blog. On one you get the news and on the other you get insight." More Google news: Pierre Lindenbaum notes that Google is now enabling a timeline view. See what you were searching for 10 years ago!

As well as improved searching for science blogs, you can now see the scientific life as it is lived, by checking out Science news – as it happens. (Or, if you are a scientist, sign up and join in.) We've been having a discussion at Nature Network about why science isn't as popular and exciting in media and public terms as sport. Some scientists feel that their daily lives are just as exciting as the doings of your average superstar soccer player or golfer, and they are putting their money where their mouths are by liveblogging their days – and occasionally nights – to show the world what it is really like to be a scientist.