Wolfram|Alpha is a new service on the web that calls itself a “computational knowledge engine.” Ask Wolfram|Alpha a question, and it produces results by doing computations from its internal knowledge base. It does not search the web or return lists of links. The site includes many example queries, including those related to health and medicine, food and nutrition, and the life sciences. Examples of health-related queries include information about disease risk, mortality data, medical tests, drugs, and hospitals. Give it a try at http://www.wolframalpha.com/.
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If you install the “Greasemonkey” Firefox plug-in, you can then install a useful script that will add a sidebar to Google search with search results from Youtube, Wikipedia, and Dictionary.com. You can download Greasemonkey from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748, and then install the Google sidebar script from http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/44397. I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks, and find it quite handy to have the extra search results on the sidebar! If you try it, add a comment and let us know what you think.