Orion, an advanced method of searching created by computer science student, Ori Allon, at the University of New South Wales in Australia has been getting a lot of attention lately. It looks like Google may have chalked another one up by acquiring the creator and potentially the technology behind Orion.
Unfortunately there is no public demo of Orion, but this system is said to give users the most relevant results and a list of suggested topics that the user may not be aware of -- similar to QTsearch. An example would be a search for the "American Revolution".
"Take a search such as the American Revolution as an example of how the system works. OrionTM would bring up results with extracts containing this phrase. But it would also give results for American History, George Washington, American Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence, Boston Tea Party and more. You obtain much more valuable information from every search."
It is definitely a hot commodity as rumors say Microsoft and Yahoo were both trying to swing a deal with Ori and the university. Google has confirmed that Ori Allon now works at Google's Mountain View location, but that's all anybody could get out of Google, Allon or the university.