Google’s homepage is experimenting with a minimalist concept by removing the search and “I’m feeling lucky buttons ” and fading the crucial menu. The fade is now a permanent part of the homepage as it was announce on 12/02/2009 at Google’s blog. If it gets any more simpler the homepage may disappear altogether. Other experiments include an expandable sidebar on search result (screenshot).
Video: How to stop the fade with Stylish (Firefox only.)
get addons here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2108
get styles to stop fade here: http://userstyles.org/styles/23032