tedster - 5:40 pm on Nov 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google has long "tried" to emphasize freshness - depending on the query term. There is the whole "QDF" factor (Query Deserves Freshness) that kicks in for some searches. However, as noted in this thread, their "try" often fell quite flat.
I sure do hope this is an improvement - even when using their extra special left hand time options, the results have been a lot less than desirable.