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5 Fact Friday 2016 Year in Review

  1. Scientists in the United Kingdom were given the go-ahead by regulators to genetically modify human embryos by using CRISPR-Cas9 and related techniques. This is the first time a country has considered using CRISPR-Cas9 editing in embryos and approved it. Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London will be taking the lead on this project.

 

  1. SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time. “What’s different about this is that the rocket landed instead of putting a hole in the ship or tipping over” says SpaceX head Elon Musk.

 

  1. The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) released their annual report in June. The report revealed that renewable energy is now cost competitive with fossil fuels and that renewable energy is growing rapidly to close the energy access gap.

 

  1. On October 25th NASA received the last bits of data from the New Horizons spacecraft which encountered Pluto up close and personal in July of 2015. New Horizons is on its way to a distant clump of rock known as 2014 MU69 and is expected to arrive at the celestial body January 1, 2019.

 

  1. November 14th the moon came closer to the Earth than at any other time since 1948. Supermoons appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter when compared with the furthest point in its orbit.

 

2016 Science List from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_in_science#cite_note-BBC-20160201-42