If you are looking for a niche search engine while searching for health, travel and political information, Kosmix may be the right solution. Kosmix is new category-based search engine produced by Cosmix Corporation based out of Mountain View, California. According to Kosmix:
"There are billions of pages on the web that are useful, but never see the light of day through a standard search engine. We want to help you find those great pages, and make it easy and fun to do in the process."
All of Kosmix searches are extremely approachable and offer a clean and easy to follow layout with search results on the right and search categories on the left. The Kosmix health search results categorized results by treatments, symptoms, more expert information in addition to offering message board results and a number of other categories as shown below.
The Kosmix travel search offers results for travel destinations. Search results are grouped into categories which include museums, hotels, user reviews and travel guides among others. Below is a screen-shot from from a travel search on "Chicago."
The Kosmix politics search mines for results on that are categorized by liberal, conservative or libertarian. Below is a screen-shot from from a travel search on "abortion."
Kosmix is going niche by grouping results in very specific categories, however, based on the messaging on the Kosmix site other categories may be added soon. Additionally, Kosmix has an area on its site set aside for a lab similar to the Google Lab. I wonder what types of projects will be cooking in the Kosmix lab?
For additional information on Kosmix check out their media page. Ironically, Kosmix does not have a blog present on its website (I would recommend they create a blog to better interact with users of the search project). For another blogosphere perspective be sure to check out this post by Phil Bradley.