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Science  07 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5574, pp. 1771
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5574.1771c

Tired of plowing through the pages and pages of results most search engines disgorge? KartOO, a Web-scanning site that debuted in April, takes a more intuitive approach to the task. The site first hands off your query to Web search engines such as Google to get a list of sites with capsule descriptions. But KartOO then makes it easier to visually compare and contrast hits by sketching a “concept map” that links sites with common content. Entering “Louis Pasteur,” for instance, calls up a cross-linked diagram in which the idea “fermentation” ties a biographical page in Canada with the Pasteur entry in a library of inventors. You can use any of these linking key words to focus your search.

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