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First Human CRISPR Trial To Begin In China

Chinese scientists will test the CRISPR gene editing technique in humans for the first time. A team at Sichuan University's West China Hospital (Chengdu) wants to see how altered cells can be used in the treatment of lung cancer. Tests are set to begin in August.

SpaceX Dragon Successfully Connects With ISS

The International Space Station received SpaceX's Dragon capsule early this morning using its 57-foot robotic arm. Inside the capsule is gear for the astronauts, equipment for experiments, and parts for the station. The ISS crew will now unload around 5,000 pounds of gear.

Smart Sutures Created To Track Wound Healing

Sensor-filled threaded sutures that can record measurements from your body during the healing process have been created by engineers at Tufts University. The sutures record pressure, stress, strain, temperature, pH, and glucose levels. All of the data can be sent wirelessly.

Kepler Mission Confirms Another 104 Exoplanets

Astronomers working on the Kepler project have confirmed 104 new exoplanets. This is the largest collection of planets Kepler has found as part of its K2 mission. In total, the spacecraft helped locate 1,284 planets during its first mission, which ended in 2013.

SpaceX Picks Its First Reusable Rocket

SpaceX has picked the rocket it will reuse for the first time in a mission later this year. During a NASA presentation, the company revealed it would reuse the second rocket to make a successful landing. The first is likely going to end up in a museum.

New Exoplanet Found Orbiting Three Stars

An exoplanet (named HD 131399Ab) four times larger than Jupiter has been found orbiting three suns in the constellation Centaurus, which is located 340 light-years from our planet. During its 550-year journey, all three suns are visible in the sky half of the time.

NASA's Juno Now In Orbit Around Jupiter

After five years of heading towards the planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft has entered Jupiter's orbit. Once it was close to Jupiter, Juno's engines were activated and it began a complex 35-minute maneuver to get into place. Juno will take many pictures and measurements.

SpaceX Planning On Another Ocean Landing Friday

SpaceX will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on the ocean as soon as this Friday. A launch had been scheduled for May 26, but a "tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator" forced SpaceX to postpone, says CEO Elon Musk. The launch could take a couple days.