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The end of an era

After more than 15 years of producing high-quality academic science news, Science Node will cease publication on June 30, 2021. Our content will stay on the site for a full year after this date before it is deleted.

Sadly, funding structures have shifted since the beginning of the pandemic, and Indiana University can no longer support Science Node. 

While we would be more than happy to find a new home for Science Node and continue publication, we were unsuccessful in finding one. It seems that everyone is having the same funding troubles that we are. 

We know that many of you will be hurt by this news, and we hope you understand that this wasn’t an easy decision to make. The pandemic proved that the world is in dire need of informative science news, and we look forward to seeing who will take our place in the HPC world.

Although we’re sad to see it go, we know that Science Node had a great run. We accumulated around 50,000 newsletter subscribers. We spent 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic from multiple angles, and we were honored to spread honest information about one of the worst events in modern history. And of course, we will always be proud of our Paths to HPC series and its ability to showcase the many women in supercomputing.

Although we wish we could have stuck around longer, we will never forget our readers. 

Personally, writing articles for all of you was one of the greatest privileges of my life. They say that the best way to grow is to ensure you aren’t the smartest person in the room. While I haven’t sent out an IQ test to our readers, I can confidently say Science Node has one of the most intelligent audiences I’ve ever come across.

The scientists, researchers, students, and general smart people who make up our audience are the kinds of humans that make the world a better place. Publications like Science Node can disseminate the news, but that means nothing if there aren’t people willing to put in the work necessary to truly understand the world around them. 

We will be putting out some of our best articles as we wind down towards June 30. We hope you enjoy these final pieces, and we encourage you to nostalgically flip through the list of our best articles that is coming out soon.  

Our readers demand honest science news, and you all deserve it. We did our best to give it to you, and we hope you got as much out of it as we did.

Thank you for caring about science. Thank you for trying to stay informed, especially during a year where the news could be so disheartening.

But above all that, thank you for being you. 

I’d like to think you’ve made the whole world a brighter place, but at the very least you’ve illuminated my life — and I will be eternally grateful for that.

Thank you,

Kevin Jackson

Editor in chief

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