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  (Source: Google)
There is web-wide speculation that the search engine is celebrating its birthday or new HTML5.

Go to Google's homepage today and users will notice that the internet giant has incorporated a particle movement simulator logo.

A number of colored balls in motion make up the Google Doodle that spells out the company name.   As soon as users move their mouse cursor along the name, the balls disperse.   

The bubbly logo is a celebration of some sort, but there is only speculation on what the super search engine is celebrating today.  Google regularly changes its display name on the homepage to mark significant dates, holidays, and world events.   When users have clicked on the Doodle in the past, the reason for the design shows up as a generated search result.  

Google may be celebrating its anniversary --- the company usually marks this event on September 7 or 27 according to 
Softpedia.  The balls appear to be divs styled with the CSS border radius attribute making them round with JavaScript code controlling movement.

There is also speculation that the Google is touting HTML5, the latest version of HTML which offers more capabilities for demonstrating interactive content on the internet.  It could also be Google's latest attempt at showcasing its Chrome browser.

Today's bubbly display is the third interactive Google Doodle that the company has produced this year.  In May, Google helped celebrate the 30th anniversary of the arcade game classic Pac Man.  An animated sphere was incorporated into the logo last week to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the "buckyball" carbon molecule.  

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I'm not seeing it...
By banvetor on 9/7/2010 9:11:02 AM , Rating: 2
Tried with Opera 10.6, Firefox 3.6 and IE 8...

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By JBird7986 on 9/7/2010 9:13:09 AM , Rating: 3
I just saw it on FF 3.6.

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By vertigo1 on 9/7/2010 9:24:05 AM , Rating: 3
try if you're still not seeing it, try a CTRL+F5

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By banvetor on 9/7/2010 9:30:49 AM , Rating: 2
still nothing... is it a conspiracy? :D

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By banvetor on 9/7/2010 10:16:08 AM , Rating: 2
just thought of it: it is probably my company's proxy... grrr

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By GreenEnvt on 9/7/2010 10:17:54 AM , Rating: 2
That worked for me.
Not seeing it on, but am on the UK site.

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By Spivonious on 9/7/2010 9:39:04 AM , Rating: 2
Enable Javascript?

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By Fritzr on 9/7/2010 10:59:25 AM , Rating: 2
Browser settings definitely affect it. Not seeing it on my install of Opera 10.61, but it works with FF 3.6

They don't just randomly disperse, they are being repelled by the mouse pointer. If you try you can cut one ball out and juggle it while the rest reform :)

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By joedon3 on 9/7/2010 11:14:57 AM , Rating: 2
it also looks different with IE than with Firefox.

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By Morphine06 on 9/7/2010 11:33:24 AM , Rating: 4
IE's ball size is smaller.... can I get my +6 now?

By The Imir of Groofunkistan on 9/7/2010 12:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, what do you mean by that?

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By tomosius on 9/7/2010 2:18:45 PM , Rating: 4
I am logged in, but how do I vote you up?

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By Smilin on 9/7/2010 3:39:27 PM , Rating: 2
Tee hee

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By Quadrillity on 9/7/2010 4:30:13 PM , Rating: 2
Whoever downrated you has a broken irony meter :\

RE: I'm not seeing it...
By icrf on 9/7/2010 11:34:08 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder if that means Opera doesn't support something, of it Google is being picky and just not displaying it?

Highlight the balls
By Scorpial on 9/7/2010 12:34:48 PM , Rating: 2
It's kinda neat, so as long as you move your cursor around the balls will stay away at a certain radius from the cursor. If you left-click and highlight the balls it kinda screws things up, at least in IE8.

RE: Highlight the balls
By ShaolinSoccer on 9/7/2010 4:00:56 PM , Rating: 2
This is probably a better demonstration. Same thing works on the birds. I'm not sure what browsers this works in but I know it works in Chrome.

RE: Highlight the balls
By mead drinker on 9/8/2010 11:32:25 AM , Rating: 2
That site is impressive in its simplicity and execution but conjures a remarkably profound experience.

RE: Highlight the balls
By vertigo1 on 9/7/2010 8:27:48 PM , Rating: 2
The real clever bit is when you MOVE THE WINDOW :D

By kyleb2112 on 9/7/2010 6:14:48 PM , Rating: 1
Unfortunately I see it perfectly. Obnoxious crap that's the exact opposite of Google's minimalist front page design.

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