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UK Allows Human Embryo Gene Editing

UK authorities have given their approval to edit genes in human embryos. Scientists can use CRISPR, a gene editing technique, to alter an embryo's genetic code and this is the first time such approval has been given by fertilization and embryo officials in the UK.

SpaceX Shows Dragon Capsule Can Hover

SpaceX has completed a test showing its Dragon capsule is capable of hovering, meaning the propulsion system can be used to land the capsule safely. The test lasted for five minutes and involved the Dragon V2. The system generated 33,000 lbs of thrust.

Researchers Create Touchable Holograms

Researchers in Japan have found a way to create holograms that can be touched. A group of engineers at the University of Tokyo's Department of Complexity Science and Engineering is working on this project. What they've created is being called Haptoclone.

SpaceX Launch, Landing Of Falcon 9 Successful

SpaceX's launch of its Falcon 9 rocket last night went smoothly and the company also landed the rocket on solid ground for the first time. This launch, from Cape Canaveral, was the first for the Falcon 9 since an accident in June 2015. SpaceX had struggled to land a rocket.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Delayed To This Evening

SpaceX pushed back the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket by about 24 hours, meaning it will now lift off at 8:33 pm ET on Monday. The forecast for that time says there's an 80% chance of acceptable weather. When simulations of the conditions between were created, Monday was better.

NASA Accepting Astronaut Applications Online

NASA has opened up applications for its astronaut program for the first time since 2011. If you are interested in potentially entering space on behalf of the US government, you can now apply for the program online. The applications can be submitted through the USAJobs.gov site.