News Timeline [googlelabs.com] is a new Google Labs feature, which organizes news stories and other information by date. It allows users to view news and other data sources on a browsable, graphical timeline. The Google engineer who built it, Andy Hertzfeld, says he was inspired by Google Maps, but instead of letting people navigate through space, he wanted to let them navigate through time.
The depth and richness of the available datasets is impressive: news, magazines, blogs, TV shows, music, video games,... But also buildings, prizes, and artworks. For instance, blog posts can be shown on the timeline by selecting "Blogs" from the data source menu and typing the name of the blog in the query field.
As this news will distract you from your work anyway, you can also check out the recent Google Labs Similar Images page, which lets you refine image searches by visual similarity.