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There is a popular saying that whatever information you seek, you can just ‘Google it’. This is because without doubt, Google is the most popular and most trusted search engine in the world. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were PhD students at Stanford University, California. Google was created to make research easy. It specializes in Internet-related services and products which include; online advertising, technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software and hardware. Google, being the most popular search engine in the world, seems easy to operate but comes out frustrating when researchers do not get desired results/hits.

Making searches easier on Google
We have a list of those easy to use and remember steps to aid your research:

  • Visit the Google website. Input your search terms, taking note of your spellings;
  • Type what you are interested in, on your toolbar:

As you type, you may see words begin to appear below the toolbar in search box. These are suggestions that Google thinks may match what you are interested in. Google calls this ‘Google Suggest’ or ‘Auto Complete’ – all in a bid to make searches easy.


You can ignore the suggestions; but if any of them seems useful, select it to save time typing. As you type, note that Google search engine deals with keywords; ensure your search words correspond with what you need because words link words. Google gives reply to related words.

Use operators (and, or, not, +,-):
They are called Boolean Operators and make your site more precise.
‘Or’ indicates that any of the search words may appear in the results.
‘And’ connects two or more words together and will appear in results.
‘Not’ excludes a word from results.
‘+’ precedes a word that must appear; Example: + strawberry and field.
‘-’ excludes a word that follows it; Example: Strawberry field – Sally.
Google has other options which are displayed apart from its search toolbar which include:

  • ALL: displays all available information about what we are searching for.
  • IMAGES: displays pictures that are related to search terms.
  • NEWS: pops up all related news that can link the typed words.
  • VIDEOS: displays videos that relate to the searched words.
  • MAPS: helps in locating a place, giving directions to it

Sometimes, a researcher might need eBooks but find them difficult to get. Most books on the web are formatted in Portable Document Format (PDF). We can search by file type; File type: PDF “communication theory”. This immediately displays books on communication theory giving researchers choices to pick from or similar books that might be of help. Most searches are not successful the very first time, but these search tips can help researchers find their search faster and better.

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Flying cars originally came from science-fiction (sci-fi) stories written by cartoonists or script writers of blockbuster movies and have been on television screens as early as the 1980s, when they were used to illustrate how advanced futuristic technology will be. Many prototypes have been built since the early 1920s, but no flying car has yet reached production status. Their appearances were then often predicted by futurologists, with their failure ever to reach production.

In 1926, inventor Henry Ford displayed an experimental single-seat airplane that he called the ‘Sky Flivver’. The project was abandoned two years later when a distance-record attempt flight crashed, killing the pilot. The Flivver was not a flying car at all, but it did get press attention at the time, exciting the public that they would have a mass-produced affordable airplane product that would be made, marketed, sold, and maintained just like an automobile. An idea, which seemed a fiction during the times of Henry Ford, is already a reality, courtesy of a firm EHang Inc., which has launched a tested-working drone car, just the first prototype.

Founded in China in 2014, EHang Inc. has vowed to mass produce flying cars next year paving the way for passengers to travel through the skies in aircars earlier than expected. The company has already tested the one-seater E-184 but says it is now working on a model that can hold two seats. The company previously said it planned to operate the 100km/h – or 62mph vehicles as ‘taxi drones’ in Dubai, but has announced plans to roll them out next year as part of an ambitious ‘mass production’ plan, providing it gets approval in the city.


And it is not just Dubai that will see passengers airborne, as the company is gunning for Saudi Arabia, Singapore and several European cities. “We will start mass production of our passenger drones at the beginning of next year. We also plan to install fully automated production lines to enlarge manufacturing capacity in 2018”, said the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Hu Huazhi.

The futuristic planes have four battery-powered propellers and a pre-programmed flight path. Currently the models are being tested at EHang’s headquarters, a disused theme park in southern China, as the company leads the race for flying cars. Daily Star Online revealed how a British company has also vowed to develop the world’s first flying car, NeoXCraft, being developed by VRCO, a firm based in Nottingham. NeoXCraft could be airborne in three years, said its maker. It will cost deep-pocketed drivers £1.5million and is able to travel by air, road and water; It can reach a speed of up to 210mph and fly for an hour between 1,000 and 3,000 ft.


“It can take off vertically from your driveway, garden or wherever it is safe” You can then land and use the road for the final part of your journey, get out and go into your workplace, and the car will park itself.” Well tech gurus will accept this new phase of technological advancement and some cannot wait till it gets to Africa specifically Nigeria. We will all want to fly in a car and cheat Lagos traffic. The technological world is advancing and surely we will all want to witness it – that is if we can afford them.

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