What do the Milky Way's billions of Earth-like planets really look like?

The latest estimates suggest there are at least 160 billion exoplanets in the Milky Way alone, which means there could easily be several billion potentially habitable worlds in our galaxy. But are all these Earth-like planets really like our home? » 2/23/12 4:20pm 2/23/12 4:20pm

Silicon melts when it gets colder...and that strange fact could…

It seems like a basic fact of nature: solids melt into liquids as they get warmer. But a few materials melt as they cool down - and that fact could help us make better solar cells and computer chips. » 8/02/10 1:23pm 8/02/10 1:23pm

Sticky Substance Could Turn You Into Spider-Man

Click to view » 10/11/08 8:00am 10/11/08 8:00am Peter Parker needed a radioactive spider bite to be able to climb walls. And Mohinder Suresh joined the wall-climber club after downing his superpower formula, and we all know that doesn’t end well. So, rather than have us expose ourselves to unpredictable mutations, a pair of researchers have developed…