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  • A new study on the density of the seven planets in the nearby TRAPPIST-1 system has found that these worlds may have even more water than Earth does – but in a cruel case of having too much of a good thing, that might be enough to drown out any hopes of finding life there.
  • To look through space is to look through time. Astronomers have now peered right back to the “Cosmic Dawn” – when the first stars were beginning to fire up – by picking up an extremely faint radio signal that marks the earliest evidence of hydrogen, just 180 million years after the Big Bang.
  • Anti-aging research has long focused on DNA structures known as telomeres, which have been directly linked to cell longevity. Now scientists have discovered a new way to potentially supercharge the mechanism, which may help keep this “molecular clock” – and ourselves – running better for longer.
  • A pair of independent studies from two teams used CRISPR technology​ to genetically alter ants to remove their ability to "smell," which resulted in their inability to interact with normal ants and produced changes in their brains.
  • ​As far as many people are concerned, there are just two ways of exploring other planets – either robots do it while all the humans stay back on Earth, or astronauts go and do so in person. According to a trio of scientists, however, the best idea may lie somewhere between the two.
  • A new world record for the highest wave has been recorded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In the freezing, turbulent waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between Iceland and the UK, an automated buoy detected a significant wave height of 19 m (62.3 ft).
  • Past research has found ways to steer a drone just through the power of the mind. Now, researchers at Arizona State University have built on that with a system that allows a pilot to take control of a whole swarm of drones, both in the air and on the ground.
  • Human use of land for crops and herds has completely altered the world's landscapes. Researchers at Arizona State University have spent the last 10 years studying the effects that farmers have had on land in the Mediterranean, and now they have released a report with the findings of the project.
  • A team of scientists at Arizona State University has developed a laser that can produce white light that is brighter and more efficient than LEDs and could find applications in lighting and other fields.
  • Certain Salmonella strains have been shown to kill off cancer cells, but to use them as a form of treatment on humans without inducing its nasty side effects has proven difficult. But now, researchers have developed genetically modified Salmonella that turns toxic only after it enters a tumor.
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    Lizards have the ability to break off their own tail when attacked by a predator, and then regrow it. Scientists recently announced that they have cracked the code regarding that tail regrowth process, and are now hoping that it could be applied to the field of regenerative medicine.
  • NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has discovered over 200 deep pits on the Moon that could not only provide scientists with deeper insights into the geology of our largest satellite, but could also be used as sites for future Lunar outposts.