In the search for cheaper materials that mimic their purer, more expensive counterparts, researchers are abandoning hunches and intuition for theoretical models and pure computing power.
Scientists should take the conservative approach when searching for habitable zones where life-sustaining planets might exist, according to James Kasting, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State, including when building Terrestrial Planet Finders.
There is only one planet we know of, so far, that is drenched with life. That planet is Earth, as you may have guessed, and it has all the right conditions for critters to thrive on its surface. Do other planets beyond our solar system, called exoplanets, also host life forms?
This morning, Google kicked off its 6th annual I/O conference with over 6,000 devs at Moscone Center in San Francisco, 460 I/O Extended sites in 90 countries, and millions around the world who tuned in via Mountain View's livestream.
Record labels are accusing Google of continuing to promote pirate sites to the top of search results, despite commitments from the company that it wouldn't do so.
'Black-sounding' names are more likely to trigger ads associated with criminality, says a Harvard professor, in what could be Google's racism - or everybody else's.
Facebook's launched its long-trailed social search service, allowing users of the site to answer queries such as 'which restaurants do my friends like?'
Google's published its list of the most-searched terms of 2012, showing the world to be particularly interested in Whitney Houston, Gangnam Style and Hurricane Sandy.
Google has tweaked its algorithm to make porn images harder to find in the US, making SafeSearch the default option for image searches.
An Australian man has won a defamation case against Google because its search results associated him with a criminal.
Try searching for 'Medicare' in Google, then opening another browser tab and searching first for 'Obama' and then for 'Medicare' again. Notice any difference?
Google's threatening to cut French media from its search results, in response to a proposed law that would require it to pay for articles that appear in results.
Google's added The Pirate Bay to its Instant and Autocomplete search blacklist, meaning that users need to type the words out in full before the search engine lists the site.
Google's to start demoting sites in its search results that receive large numbers of valid copyright-infringement notices - delighting the content industry, but worrying free-speech campaigners.
Google's trialling a new search feature that display results from a user's emails alongside those from the web. It's also launched its Knowledge Graph service worldwide.
The Texas attorney general is accusing Google of unreasonably withholding thousands of documents in an anti-trust investigation into its search policies.
Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) recently demonstrated how quantum computing could theoretically accelerate the way web page ranks are calculated.
Google searches in China are notoriously difficult, thanks to the country's notorious filtering system. Now, though, Google's aiming to help by warning users when a search is likely to fail.
Google's released a list of copyright-related take-down requests - and nearly half of them came from Microsoft, it says.
The European Commission has given Google one last chance to put its house in order and explain how it plans to ease anti-trust concerns.