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2016 didn't suck.

by Dec 28

The ALS ice bucket challenge paid off, apparently. We found the gene that is linked to ALS, which is a major breakthrough and one step closer to eliminating it. http://www.alsa.org/news/media/press-releases/significant-gene-discovery-072516.html

The Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nasas-juno-space-probe-successfully-enters-orbit-around-jupiter-2016-07-05

The tiger population is up for the first time in 100 years. http://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/for-the-first-time-in-100-years-tiger-numbers-are-growing

A momentous landing took place off the coast of Florida on April 8 when SpaceX landed a Falcon 9 rocket vertically onto a drone ship at sea for the first time. http://www.space.com/32517-spacex-sticks-rocket-landing-sea-dragon-launch.html

The world’s largest marine zone, a 600,000-square-mile swath of ocean, was established in Antarctica’s Ross Sea this fall. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/oceans-garden-eden-house-worlds-largest-marine-reserve/

Harriet Tubman will appear on $20 bills http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/harriet-tubman-to-join-jackson-on-20-bill-suffragists-added-to-10/

At the beginning of the year, we heard that global spending on aid and development increased by 7%, and spending on refugees has doubled http://www.oecd.org/development/development-aid-rises-again-in-2015-spending-on-refugees-doubles.htm

Following the end of conflict in Colombia in 2016, all of the war in the world is now limited to an arc that contains less than a sixth of the world’s population. Also, the end of conflict in Colombia signals the end of a 50 year war that cost over 260,000 lives. http://bigstory.ap.org/a373feb288f24f0fb7b9e731fc582593&utm_source

World hunger reached its lowest point in 25 years. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/opinion/is-the-era-of-great-famines-over.html?_r=0

The WHO announced that measles have been eradicated in all of the Americas, from Canada to Chile. It’s the first time the disease has been eliminated from an entire world region. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/measles-has-been-eliminated-americas-who-says-n655406

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