It’s not new, and I wouldn’t say it is as good at tangling one up within the depths of the internet as Wikipedia…and it probably isn’t quite there yet on the technology side…but Wolfram|Alpha is pretty neat.

Wolfram Alpha (often stylized as Wolfram|Alpha) is an answer engine developed by Wolfram Research. It is an online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data, rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer as a search engine would. It was announced in March 2009 by Stephen Wolfram, and was released to the public on May 15, 2009.[1] It was voted the greatest computer innovation of the year by Popular Science.

For example, I might be curious to see how long I will live.


It also has a pretty nifty nutrition calculator.  Spam + one apple + vegemite will yield the following nutrition.


* full disclosure – I don’t eat Spam…or vegemite but have been known to consume apples.

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