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2017: onward and upward

2 Jan 2017, 16:34 UTC
2017: onward and upward
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Portrait of a science writer in their natural element. Since the summer of 2011, I have been earning part or all of my income from writing alone.
2016 was a complicated year, to put it mildly. On the one hand, we had unqualified scientific successes: the discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO (which I wrote about for The Atlantic), the launch of OSIRIS-REx (which I wrote about for New Scientist), the triumphant end of the Rosetta mission (which I um…didn’t write about), and many more. On the other, we had a series of political crises: the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, throwing many people’s lives and livelihoods into chaos (including many scientists), and of course the US Presidential election, which resulted in the election of a man who ran on explicitly racist and misogynistic language. Naturally, said President denies climate change is real and plays footsie with anti-vaccination activists. Then there’s the long list of musicians, actors, and other celebrities who died in 2016.
So despite the good stuff from last year, I don’t feel in a particularly retrospective mood. Leaving political action plans aside for the moment, here are some of my professional plans for 2017…

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