Dare Mighty Things and Find Your Win – the Heroes of Scientific Discoveries

Earth Day. “Star Wars” day. National Teacher Appreciation day. “Bike to Work” day. What's a common theme amongst these recent U.S. “holidays”? Hint: many teachers teach it; many students love and despise it. What is it? It’s science. Science plays an important role in our lives today and in the future. Humankind everywhere benefits from groundbreaking scientific discoveries that can solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

Take energy, for example – how is the scientific community addressing the energy crisis? Of the numerous ways, there are a few standout examples:

  • Twenty-year-old Taylor Wilson has been called “the next Einstein” by Time magazine and his work on small nuclear fission reactors could lead to carbon-free electricity and maybe even provide power in space.
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX was founded with the ultimate goal of “enabling people to live on other planets” and its rockets are currently providing regular resupply missions to space stations for NASA.
  • In 2012, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory landed their Curiosity rover on Mars with the purpose of investigating “Mars’ ability to sustain past or present microbial life.”

Footage taken (start at 1:35) just as many NASA teams heard the news of the rover’s successful landing epitomizes one of the most remarkable things about science – it’s ability to bring people together through the common humanity in us all.

Behind the excitement of many scientific discoveries, what’s there? Data. Massive amounts of data. Organizations that are focused on scientific research don’t want to be consumed by the challenges of how to store and manage their data; they want to focus on research and discoveries! This is where NetApp comes in to play. Through close collaboration with customers and a vast ecosystem of partners, NetApp leverages over two decades of storage and data management expertise and applies it to our FAS hybrid storage systems. These systems can address the requirements of the most demanding scientific workloads. Explore the stories below to find out why these companies rely on NetApp shared storage infrastructures and how NetApp enables them to push the envelope of scientific discovery.


National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Poland’s National Centre for Nuclear Research

After CERN’s discovery of the Higgs boson and NIF's recent fusion energy breakthrough, people everywhere are more excited than ever to see what the future holds for humankind, the earth, and the universe. Who knows, maybe you’ll live on Mars some day.