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Northern Light, Search4Science Launch New Search Service

Northern Light Technology, Inc. ( and the Oslo, Norway-based Search4Science ( have teamed up to launch an enhanced online search service focused on the specific needs of scientists worldwide. Search4Science's patent-pending technology, Dynamic Search, now presents search results using Custom Search Folders, Northern Light's patented classification technology.

Dynamic Search encourages the user to add words to a query by presenting appropriate synonyms as well as relevant words or concepts for limiting the search. In addition, Dynamic Search learns from the behavior of users by continuously updating synonyms and encouraging searchers to use terminology contributed by other users. Northern Light further enhances the user's search experience by organizing search results into labeled folders, grouped by subject, type, source, region, and language. According to the announcement, by combining the two technologies, the new Dynamic Search assists the user in building a better search initially and encourages more efficient access to targeted results from a large search set.

Over the last few months, the initial scientific database of synonyms has grown from 50,000 to more than 235,000, all the result of user input during searching. Search4Science expects that this evolutionary process will continue and that the quality of the user experience will continue to improve as users suggest relevant synonyms and limiting words.

The design and programming of Search4Science is the result of close collaboration with Cell Network ( The complete technology platform can be licensed to create similar vertical portals. According to the announcement, the patent-pending Dynamic Search method is based on Darwinistic evolution theory and will soon be tested for general searching of the Internet.

Source: Northern Light Technology, Inc.

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