Sunday, July 20, 2008

New tools for finding well organised information on cancer and biotechnology

One of the things I hate most about traditional search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Ask Jeeves is that they just return pages and pages of disorganised information on whatever topic you type in the search box.

There are some cool alternatives out there that organise the information by topic so that you can find what you want much more quickly and easily.

For example, I took two of these new search engines and did a search on 'biotechnology'. Here's what they produced compared to Google:




What a difference!

I've started using Kosmix for more organised searches on diseases and medical related items. Try typing in something like lung cancer or breast cancer and see how well they order the results. I'm not a big Wikipedia user because some of the science and technology pages aren't that accurate - they're only as good as the writer, but Kosmix allows you to search for a wider field for interesting and accurate information, right at your fingertips.

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