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“The Searching Planet” exhibition at Japan’s Miraikan

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Opening today at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo — known locally as the Miraikan — is a new exhibit called “The Searching Planet.” Using the museum’s famed “Geo-Cosmos” earth-shaped display, this video art uses icons and graphs to show how people are searching the Internet all around the world. Geo-Cosmos normally shows scientific data about the earth, but “The Searching Planet” will provide a window into human behavior — our hopes, curiosities, and moments of surprise.


Most of all, the exhibit shows that despite our differences, the globe is often united in the same hobbies, interest in major news moments — and surprisingly, the same foods.

Pizza is the most widely searched food across the planet
Searches for [brexit]

If you can’t make it to the Miraikan, you can explore “The Searching Planet” as a Chrome Experiment on your phone or computer. For the next 10 days, we are giving away special Google Cardboards at the Miraikan as gifts, but if you have one, you can use your phone to view the site in 360-degrees.

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