Now this is a pretty neat use of web-tech. It's rather interesting in a Modern Anthropology Meets The Internet sort of way. (They really need to tie it back to Google Maps now though. That'd be nifty.)
Mapping Google News: "CousinLarry writes 'A neat project called Buzztracker.org has been mining Google News for over a year and keeping track of relationships between geographic locations mentioned in articles. The results are some really cool maps that actually seem to reflect the 'buzz' of the day - check out the Vatican clusters from earlier this month, or the global New Year's chatter. You can also dig down into the articles from which the maps were generated.'"