Google strengthens quality assurance measures for search results

Google will subject its search results to stronger quality arance measures in the future. Google announced this on Thursday. The changes will mainly affect the content that appears in highlighted areas on the results page.

The first is the fact box ("knowledge panel"), which appears whenever a person, place or other object ("Entity") are recognized. On the other hand, the displayed headlines ("featured snippets") and the auto-complete function ("Autocomplete") are subject to tightly defined guidelines, said Google executive David Graff.

Reliable search results

Users needed to be able to rely on the search results, said Google Vice President Pandu Nayak, who leads the "Search Quality Team" . "In a year when access to reliable information is more important than ever – from COVID-19 to natural disasters to important moments of civic involvement around the world – our longstanding commitment to quality remains at the core of our mission to make the world’s information accessible and usable."

Gates' and bezos' kobold metals seeks raw materials for electric cars on gronland' and bezos' kobold metals seeks raw materials for electric cars on gronland

The British mining company Bluejay Mining and the US exploration company KoBold Metals, backed by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Michael Bloomberg, among others, announced a joint venture on Monday. Together, the two companies want to find out if coarser deposits of nickel, copper, cobalt and platinum are present in an area of western Gronland. The raw materials are needed for the production of electric cars.

The area is a roughly 2897-square-kilometer rough land area near Disko-Nuusuaq. Back in 1870, the 28-ton Illukunguaq boulder had been discovered there, with high sulfide-value contents of 7 percent nickel, 3 percent copper, as well as 512 g of cobalt per ton and more than 2 g of platinum group elements per ton.

High occurrences expected

As Bluejay points out, there have been investigations there ever since – over 30 years in total. From the scientific data collected, it appears that a significant accumulation of metals can be expected in the area. Most recently, Bluejay itself conducted geochemical soil analysis there from 2017 to 2020 together with government-required technical partners. About 20 drillable targets have been identified, for which Bluejay has licenses in the area. Seven of the targets are said to be particularly promising, with two of them in a coarse order of 10 kilometers × 1 kilometer and 4.8 kilometers × 0.8 kilometer standing out in particular. There, the rock samples are to be comparable to those of the most productive Russian nickel, copper, cobalt and platinum ore deposit at Norilsk-Talnach in Siberia.

A west-east divide prevails in germany when it comes to electric cars

Electric cars are distributed very differently in Germany. They are rarely seen on roads in eastern Germany, but are most common in southern Germany, according to figures from the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (Federal Motor Transport Authority). For every 1,000 inhabitants, there are 9.6 cars with pure battery drive or plug-in hybrid in Baden-Wurttemberg, compared with only 3.1 in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saxony-Anhalt. All eastern German states are well below the national average of 7.1, according to a calculation by Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Auto expert Stefan Bratzel sees several reasons why e-cars sell differently from region to region: rough car locations, the charging station network and the purchasing power of local people.

Vehicle fleets at manufacturer locations

"Employee vehicles and access to employees play an important role", said the head of the Center of Automotive Management in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany. The use of their own employees is an important way for companies to introduce new vehicle models to the market. Car-sharing fleets of carmakers were added to the mix.

Cosmos mobility study: hanover in the lead, sharp criticism from bremen

The insurance company Cosmos Direkt has analyzed 18 German cities for concepts for e-mobility, public transport, alternative means of transport and general mobility of the city. Hanover takes first place, ahead of Stuttgart and Essen. Bremen came last in the table, where the study was promptly criticized.

Hannover scored a high of 10 in the alternative transportation and oPNV scores, scoring less in the car-related areas – unlike Berlin and Essen. For the public transport ranking, Cosmos Direkt took into account, among other things, the coarseness of the route network, the share of daily passengers in the population, the fares, and the share of alternative drives within the bus fleets. Alternative means of transportation included factors such as the amount of stand-up scooters and car sharing cars per 1000 inhabitants and the number of bicycle rentals per square kilometer.

For general mobility, the insurance company had calculated the density of cars and the area occupied by road traffic within the city. Cities with a lower proportion of traffic area in relation to the total area, so that there is sufficient space for other forms of mobility, were rated more highly. Essen received 10 points for e-mobility, with around one public charging point for every two registered e-cars. The number of e-cars and hybrids per 1000 inhabitants was also included in the e-ranking.