Answers.com, a new search engine from the Israeli high tech firm GuruNet, provides direct answers to questions, rather than generating a list of web links. While Ask Jeeves, A9 and other engines have long offered to answer posed questions, they generally returned links rather than actual answers. So far, Answer.net only (only?) has has answers for a million topics and relies heavily on Wikipedia. It's free and only accepts ads on the right side of the results page, to avoid confusing the user. No less an expert than the WSJ's Walter Mossberg thinks it may "be a start to a new search paradigm where the object is to provide real instant information, not just links to web pages". Check it out here.