A friend of mine recently asked me to help out with an art installation. Usually I say no to assisting with other people’s projects, but she’s a good friend and I was in real need of some good news after a few months of dealing with the uncertainty brought about by what historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin has labelled The Great Electoral Nut-Punch of 2016.
(Really. She called it that. I read it on Facebook.)
The project’s pretty ambitious; 100 decorated boxes are on display, and each box contains one headline you might have missed amid all the sturm and drang in the 100 days since Trump’s inauguration. I was mostly responsible for collecting, collating, writing, proofreading, Python scripting, bitlying, and tweeting the headlines, so naturally the news tends towards science and tech. Moscow mules do get a mention, though.
This being a 3D printing blog and all, there’s naturally a 3d-printed box among the decorated boxes. You can download the box from Thingiverse.
100 Days is showing April 29 10am-8pm and April 30 12-5pm at Jambalaya (413 N. Main St) in Oshkosh, WI. So if you’re in the area, swing by and give it a look.
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If, like 99.999% of humanity, you won’t be in Oshkosh, WI this weekend, here’s my compiled list in its entirety. Strap in, there are stories about baby goats in here.
1: Scientists coax hair cells to regrow inside the ear using stem cells.
2: A new process turns CO2 into limestone, locking it away inside concrete.
3: New and more effective malaria vaccines have been developed and tested.
4: A new pilot program at Dell is using plastic retrieved from the ocean as feedstock for packaging materials.
5: A new plastic film cools whatever it touches by 10° C, with huge implications for energy use in HVAC.
6: Doctors claim to have cured sickle-cell anemia in a patient using gene therapy.
7: Primary school students in Scotland gave their beloved goldfish a viking burial.
8: Scientists taught bees to roll a ball to receive a reward, and the bees taught other bees how to do it too.
9: Canadian scientists tracked the volume of pee in public pools using artificial sweeteners as a marker.
10: Wind power generation capacity in the US exceeded hydropower for the first time in 2016.
11: Scientists created the world’s first sample of metallic hydrogen in February, but now they can’t find it.
12: The International Potato Center (yes that’s a thing) has completed a study demonstrating that potatoes can probably grow on Mars.
13: NASA ground-based radar has found an Indian space probe that’s been missing since 2009.
14: Scientists have been working on synthesizing an artificial yeast genome, creating it from scratch.
15: Transgenic seedlings resistant to blight may replenish US forests with the nearly-extinct American Chestnut.
16: An electric plane broke a bunch of speed records.
17: A needle-free injection system won an innovation award at SXSW and the company hopes to be on the market in 2 years.
18: Google has found a way to reduce JPEG file sizes by 35%.
19: Global carbon emissions remained flat in 2016.
20: A new process removes much of the sulfur from diesel fuel without sacrificing performance.
21: The UK may use AI to reduce energy usage by up to 10%.
22: Norway is planning to build the world’s largest ship tunnel through the Stad peninsula.
23: A new solar panel has reached 25% efficiency in converting sunlight to electricity.
24: Analysis of photos from the Rosetta space probe show vast cliffs on comet 67P.
25: An octogenarian couple donated their insect collection, estimated to be worth $10 million.
26: An AI is better than human doctors at predicting heart attacks.
27: A graphene-based sieve shows promise as a new way to extract drinkable water from the sea.
28: HPV levels have fallen by 90% in Scotland since the introduction of the vaccine.
29: The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed the birth of 12 new cheetah cubs. WARNING: CUTE OVERLOAD
30: Amateur astronomers have found a planetary system with four, count ‘em FOUR exoplanets.
31: Octopuses and squid can rewrite their DNA on the fly, which might help explain why they’re so clever.
32: Astronomers turned on the Event Horizon Telescope, and hope to generate the first image of a black hole.
33: Scientists have created a sculptable, biocompatible scaffolding for regrowing bone.
34: A new spider the size of your fist has been discovered in a Mexican cave complex.
35: Researchers have created an artificial lung that fits in a backpack.
36: You can now track the movement of bears in Yosemite National Park online.
37: Indian engineers have developed an alert system to warn drivers when there’s a cow on the road.
38: Scientists recreate the female menstrual cycle on a chip.
39: DARPA has tested an electric airplane capable of vertical takeoff and landing. Oh, DARPA.
40: An Amazon gift card has been stored using DNA. Somebody already redeemed it and bought a book on machine learning.
41: A new way to rapidly thaw frozen tissue could help with organ shortages.
42: Scientists have found a way to reduce particulate emissions from jet engines using biofuel blends.
43: Kentucky Coal Museum installs solar panels, expecting to lower electricity bills by $8K. Irony bills are expected to increase.
44: A statue unearthed in a Cairo slum is not pharaoh Ramses II as originally suspected, but rather Psamtek I.
45: Your next bathroom air freshener could be transgenic moss that smells like patchouli.
46: A new Alzheimers’ treatment reprograms the patient’s own brain cells into dopamine neurons.
47: A new material inexpensively turns heat into electricity.
48: Extracts from maple syrup increase the effectiveness of antibiotics.
49: It’s possible to detect landlines with genetically engineered bioluminescent bacteria.
50: An AI wrote a bunch of disarmingly cute pick-up lines.
51: Entrepreneurs are creating tasty granola bars from beer-brewing waste.
52: A chemist created a pigment that’s really, really blue.
53: Scientists announced the discovery of a second Great Spot on Jupiter.
54: There’s a new pair of eaglets at the National Arboretum.
55: The Large Hadron Collider is back online after being deactivated for scheduled maintenance.
56: Elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror, a trait shared with humans and dolphins.
57: Scientists might have found fossilized trilobite eggs for the first time.
58: Researchers at Georgia Tech designed a robot that swings like a sloth.
59: A Chinese AI won $290,000 in a poker competition.
60: New Zealand Kea birds demonstrate infectious laughter.
61: Tools have been 3D printed using Lunar and Martian soil analogues.
62: Scientists have created biodegradable batteries made from silk.
63: A record number of (endangered) right whales have been spotted in Cape Cod bay.
64: Some ants rescue their fallen comrades in battle.
65: Saturn’s moon Enceladus is generating its own molecular hydrogen, which means that microbial life could live there.
66: Distant planetary body 2014 UZ224 (currently nicknamed “DeeDee”) might be reclassified as our solar system’s newest dwarf planet.
67: A hunter’s fossil find has led to the discovery of a new species of marine reptile.
68: A new device can pull water right from the air.
69: Researchers created two new magnetic materials after first modeling them on a computer.
70: Textiles made from cow manure recently won an award for innovation in fashion.
71: Goat yoga is trendy.
72: A UK startup hopes to reduce plastic bottle use with water-filled gel bubbles.
73: JUNGLE PUPPIES have been caught on film in the Amazon for the first time.
74: Germany’s electric grid regulators approved bids for the first non-subsidized wind farms.
75: London’s building a “super sewer” to replace its aging Victorian system. It’s expected to take 7 years to complete and cost £4.2 billion.
76: Toyota has developed a robotic leg brace to help stroke victims walk.
77: A trial of autonomous package delivery vehicles is taking place in London.
78: The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico announced plans to install $25 million worth of solar panels over the next two years.
79: The German state of North-Rhine Westphalia is proceeding with a pumped hydro energy storage project that reuses an abandoned coal mine.
80: A 6,000 ton ship is retrofitted with a huge battery, which is expected to reduce fuel use, CO2, NOX, and other greenhouse gas emissions.
81: Scientists have created an image of the dark matter web that connects galaxies.
82: The Indianapolis Zoo announced the birth of twin ring-tailed lemurs.
83: Scientists may have found the earliest evidence for the evolution of dominant hand preferences in humans.
84: Africa’s largest wind farm, the 310MW Turkana project in Kenya, is now generating electricity.
85: A $1bn Australian solar power facility with the world’s largest battery storage system will be operational by the end of 2017.
86: Iron-helmeted sperm are being tested as a novel chemotherapy delivery system.
87: A newly-discovered shrimp capable of generating 250dB sounds with its pink claw has been named after Pink Floyd.
88: The 9th largest brewery in the United States created a pale ale using water reclaimed from San Diego’s municipal sewage.
89: A 110MW Geothermal power plant just went online in Indonesia. Two more are expected to start operation in 2017 and 2018.
90: Archaeologists have found one of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius’ summer homes in Turkey.
91: Physicists have created a material with negative mass; when you push on it, it accelerates BACKWARDS
92: Two bars in NYC are now serving 10-pound Moscow Mules.
93: Manatees have been removed from the endangered species list.
94: Dingoes win the competition for the world’s most interesting genome.
95: Vat-grown meat prices have dropped 30,000 times in the last five years.
96: The Hubble Space telescope has photographed auroras on Uranus
97: Scientists have created programmable biocircuits with some clever DNA hacking.
98: A new biobattery is powered by saliva and made from a single sheet of paper.
99: Researchers at Cornell University have created a self-folding origami smaller than a red blood cell.
100: Laser-wielding robots are protecting farmed salmon from sea lice.
Lao Zheng out.