It's good for facts and figures. I've used it a lot recently to find out the current distance between, say, Earth and Jupiter (was watching 2010, wanted to see about launch windows).
It's great for supplementing wikipedia lookups (which have... static facts and figures) with current information (try asking it where the ISS is right now). It's also good for correlating information; wikipedia will give you the average distance between the Sun and Earth and the Sun and Jupiter, but Earth and Jupiter? And it will tell you things that are easily calculable, if you can just remember the formula.
(If you ask it where the ISS is, make sure to try the orthographic projection.)
Check this out. You have to play with the phrasing a bit (the natural language processing needs a bit of work), but it will answ...er some pretty neat questions in terms you'd spend a lot of time researching. And you can get your answers in light minutes, which is nice if you're plotting a sci-fi story and want to know the communications delay between a ship/probe and mission control. ;)
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