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100 Discoveries: Science and Tech news you missed in the last 100 days.

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.