The arrival of gravitational-wave astronomy also shows the virtues of patience. Einstein, when he published general relativity, said that he did not expect that such waves would ever actually be detected. Many modern-day physicists make similarly pessimistic noises about some current ideas, such as string theory, saying these will remain forever in the realm of the hypothetical. Perhaps another century will prove them wrong, too.
2017 was filled with a ton of bullshit news. This was not in that category.