NASA study shows disks don't need planets to make patterns

Many young stars known to host planets also possess disks containing dust and icy grains, particles produced by collisions among asteroids and comets also orbiting the star. These debris disks often show sharply defined rings or spiral patterns, features that could signal the presence of orbiting planets.

Video: The unexpected patterns of galactic evolution

NASA scientists have discovered an unexpected pattern of change in hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck and Hubble space telescopes.

Data mining tool is 'hypothesis generator'

Researchers at Harvard University and MIT's Broad Institute have developed a data mining tool that can detect meaningful patterns in vast data sets.

MIT scientists design molecular-based chips

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully designed a computer chip comprising hundreds of tiny molecules.