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Best of Science Node 2015

2015 was a big year for us. We've launched a new website, changed our name (remember International Science Grid this Week?), and broadened our focus to include more science via national research and education networks. We’re proud of the strides we've taken, but before we kick off 2016, let’s look back at the Great 8 — your favorite stories from 2015.


8) Mental Canvas emerges from patient investment

Courtesy Julie Dorsey.

Our eighth most popular story showcased a breakthrough media form that allows 3D exploration of  2D sketches. Just goes to show what can happen when the US National Science Foundation invests in a bright idea.

 

7) Gun-control petitions strategically contested, data mining shows

Gun control and big data: We drew a little heat for this one, but took aim, nonetheless, to uncover why common sense gun laws fail to hit the mark in the US.

 

6) Mining social media to manage crises

Courtesy Melissa Bica.

Social media is everywhere and we’ve not missed the boat. (See our Facebook story here, for instance.) In our sixth most popular story of 2015, we featured a crisis management tool called RendezView that mines Twitter feeds to improve disaster response.

 

5) Does high-performance computing really matter?

We think supercomputers are kind of a big deal, but then again, we would think that, wouldn’t we? This article shows how we’re right.

 

4) How did the universe get here?

Courtesy DEUS-FUR; V. Reverdy.

Here at the Science Node, we're not afraid to ask the big questions. What could be a bigger mystery than how the universe got here? We unwrapped the enigma in about 800 words.

 

3) Avoiding unconscious bias to enable diversity

Courtesy Charles Tsevis (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

And speaking of solving great mysteries, we’ve been glad to be part of the conversation addressing the problem of gender diversity in the high-performance computing world. 

 

2) Crowd sourcing sex research

Our second most popular story of 2015 was a sexy one — literally. We profiled the Kinsey Institute’s smartphone app, a citizen science tool that lets you do two things you love at the same time.

 

1) Chaos mixes the Milky Way

Courtesy ESO.

Your favorite story of 2015, by far, was a chaotic mess.  That is, we talked about how supercomputers let astrophysicists understand how chaos might have affected the evolution of our galaxy.

 


Well, that’s it for 2015.  Thanks for reading and following us. 

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