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Sphere Levitated Using Sound Waves

High-pitch frequencies undetectable by humans have been used to levitate a sphere by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. The ultrasonic sound waves successfully levitated a 2-inch solid polystyrene sphere.

New Earth-Like Planet Soon To Be Revealed

Scientists are planning to unveil a new Earth-like planet that may have conditions favorable for life, reports Der Spiegel (Germany.) The exoplanet is in Alpha Centauri and it orbits a star known as Proxima Centauri. Because of its distance from its star, it may have water.

Deep Space Industries To Reach An Asteroid By 2020

Deep Space Industries (DSI) plans to launch the first private mission to an asteroid by 2020 and it will establish the first private base on a space object when that asteroid passes Earth. According to the space mining company, it'll land a 110-pound spacecraft on an asteroid.

US To Approve First Private Moon Mission

The United States government will soon approve the first private mission to the Moon. A source close to Moon Express, a private company, says the government has granted it permission to send a lunar lander to the Moon's surface. The lander is the 20-pound MX-1.

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.