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2016 in review: A big first year for Science Node

In September, Science Node celebrated its first full year. By December, we were also celebrating over 24,000 connections across our newsletter and social media platforms.

This growth is due in no small part to partners like XSEDE, Internet2, Open Science Grid, ESnet, and, of course, Indiana University. We're also grateful for past support from the US National Science Foundation, CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), and the European Commission (via the e-Science Talk project, as well as others).

Our growth is about more than connections, though. It's due in large part to the persistence of Managing Editor Lance Farrell – and behind the scenes help from Indiana University's Greg Moore. In late 2016, we also welcomed two new writers, Alisa Alering and Tristan Fitzpatrick. You've seen some of their work already, and you can expect even more in the coming months.

As we look back on these last 12 months, we noticed a few patterns worth highlighting. Alisa starts us off with a review of how science got personal in 2016.


Science gets personal

Citizen science and personalized medicine are two examples of how science now reaches into our daily lives – and promises to, on the one hand, hold us close to discovery and, on the other hand, improve our ability to avoid and manage disease.

Check out Alisa’s take on how science is closer to us than ever before.

For the history books

2016 was also a year of amazing discoveries. Scientists confirmed Albert Einstein’s 100-year-old prediction of gravitational waves when LIGO heard the echo of a massive merger of black holes. Science Node was there to cover the computational collaboration that made the discovery possible.

We also cheered when astrophysicists revved up galactic-sized supercomputer simulations and discovered evidence of a dark planet lurking at the distant edge of our solar system. All that remains is for Konstantin Batygin to actually locate this planet that the models say must be there!

Find these stories and more in Tristan’s article about the big science news of the year. 

An international focus

We're very proud of our global science community – like the German scientist who used a Swiss supercomputer to spot a lake of lava under an island in the Sea of Japan, and the Australian scientists who adapted a firefighting technique to a supercomputing environment and found a smart way to combat invasive species.

Explore these examples in Lance's around the world article.


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