For science, Bing loses badly to Google; not safe for school kids?


Have you tried Bing yet?

Nice pictures — the wallpaper is cooler than Google’s rather sterile white background.  I’m not much fond of the way Bing shows images, with some down the side when you check out another, but without any identifying data to help you figure out which ones to check out.

But I stumbled into a major problem:  At least on DDT, Bing favors the Tinfoil Hat Brigades™, featuring crank science almost exclusively on the first page in my early searches, compared to Google’s pointing first to the hard science.

Importantly, this tells me that Bing is not safe to assign to students doing research.

Bing will bear watching all summer.  Can they get it up to speed by the opening of schools in the fall?

Here’s the Google web search for “ddt”:

  1. DDT – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    – 2 visits – May 27

    DDT (from its trivial name, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is one of the most well-known synthetic pesticides. It is a chemical with a long, unique,
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDTCachedSimilar

  2. DDT, What is DDT? About its Science, Chemistry and Structure

    Find out about the science and chemistry of DDT (Banned Insecticide), see colourful images of DDT and explore interactive 3D molecules of DDT.
    http://www.3dchem.com/molecules.asp?ID=90CachedSimilar

  3. DDT Ban Takes Effect | EPA History | US EPA

    – Jun 17

    The general use of the pesticide DDT will no longer be legal in the United States after today, ending nearly three decades of application during which time
    http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/ddt/01.htm – CachedSimilar

  4. DDT |Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) Chemical Program

    Prior to 1972 when its use was banned, DDT was a commonly used pesticide. Although it is no longer used or produced in the United States, we continue to
    http://www.epa.gov/pbt/pubs/ddt.htm – CachedSimilar
    More results from www.epa.gov »

  5. News results for ddt


    The Associated Press
    EPA plans hearings on DDT deposit off SoCal coast‎ – 1 day ago

    “We have the worst DDT hotspot in the entire US,” he said. “That we’re still stuck with this horrible legacy decades later is awful.” From 1947 to 1971,

    The Associated Press231 related articles »

  6. What’s This?

    ATSDR – ToxFAQs™: DDT, DDE, and DDD

    – 2 visits – 10/28/07

    Sep 11, 2007 Exposure to DDT, DDE, and DDD occurs mostly from eating foods containing small amounts of these compounds, particularly meat,
    http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts35.htmlCachedSimilar

  7. EPA plan targets vast DDT deposit off Calif. coast – Yahoo! News

    A plan to cap a vast, long-neglected deposit of the pesticide DDT on the ocean floor off Southern California got its first public airing Tuesday — nearly
    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090623/ap_on_re_us/us_ocean_ddtSimilar

  8. Silent spring – Google Books Result

    by Rachel Carson, Edward O. Wilson – 2002 – Nature – 378 pages
    Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters” (Peter Matthiessen,…
    books.google.com/books?isbn=0618249060

  9. What’s This?

    Junkscience.com — 100 things you should know about DDT

    – 7 visits – 6/15/08

    Rachel Carson sounded the initial alarm against DDT, but represented the science of DDT The use of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a
    http://www.junkscience.com/ddtfaq.html – CachedSimilar

  10. DDT : An Introduction

    Not many of us, though, are aware of what DDT is and how it works. This module is here to hopefully give you some insight into the science behind this
    http://www.chem.duke.edu/~jds/cruise_chem/pest/pest1.htmlCachedSimilar

No crank science until #9 in the search. Compare it to Bing:

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  • The third entry goes to a wrestling maneuver, the fifth entry is the biggest crank science site.  The ninth entry plunges back into crank science at its worst.   This is much improved since I tried it last night and got nothing but crank science (Bing is improving quickly).

    Note: Vaibhav has a post comparing Bing to Google, as he notes in comments.  You may want to check that out, too.  He’s sticking with Bing as default, though he finds Google serves his needs better.  Go figure.

    4 Responses to For science, Bing loses badly to Google; not safe for school kids?

    1. […] For science, Bing loses badly to Google; not safe for school kids … […]

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    2. Jovialn says:

      Both Bing and google show similar results for ‘DDT’… When did you test bing? It seems that their results seem to be getting better with time. That being said it would be interesting to know the queries or type of research queries for which google is better than bing. I have not really found many yet. Infact I liked bing better in some ways (suggested search etc).

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    3. Vaibhav says:

      Thanks for dropping by (I updated your comment with a link to this post since my theme doesn’t support trackbacks).

      I find your problem very interesting.

      A note about me sticking with Bing :D – well, it’s new. It’s a competitor to something which is akin to a monopoly. its from a large enough company which can compete with Google. We gotta give it a chance.

      But not in your case – I think you have a genuine case for not even giving Bing a second chance.

      BTW, Bing/Live search did one thing for education better than Google: http://blog.gadodia.net/live-search-scores-one-over-google-for-now/

      :)

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    4. Vaibhav says:

      I do have to say that I have had similar experiences. Google understands my queries better: http://blog.gadodia.net/bing-vs-google-no-fancy-analytics-pure-personal-experience/

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