It doesn’t matter if you work in a lab and studied chemistry in college, or if you work in finance and have never touched a scientific journal in your life, everyone thinks science is cool.
As the print industry has made its slow and sad decline, scientific outlets have turned to the web to reach the masses. At McDAY, we are (obviously) huge fans of science and regularly monitor science and technology news sites. But just because we work with scientists and engineers doesn’t mean that we don’t geek out to the interesting facts and videos.
So if you regularly follow science blogs, you may have heard about a few of the ones mentioned below. But here is our take on what makes these blogs so awesome!
Have you picked up a copy of Popular Science magazine before? The online version, which made its debut in 1999, is a wonderful collection of independent science and tech blogs from the editors at the magazine. The site features up-to-the-minute news, gadget reviews, insightful commentary and current events that could impact the future. We recommend this blog if you are looking what’s new and what’s next in the science and tech world.
Although Wired is known for its in-depth coverage on the technology world, it also has a robust science section. At a glance, the design of WIRED’s website is organized and visually captivating. The content itself is interesting, well written and illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—specifically science. WIRED reaches more than 30 million people each month through its various outlets.
Launched in 1998, HowStuffWorks is a site for all ages containing easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. Although the site is not just focused on science, a large portion of the content has a scientific element. The outlet’s writers, editors, podcasters and video hosts share unbiased and reliable content on all the things their most excited to learn about. Like WIRED, HowStuffWorks has nearly 30 million visitors to the site each month.
Live Science is designed to give a glimpse into the biggest advancements in science of today. The content stems from the latest research coming out of academic institutes to the newest innovations in the science industry. Launched in 2004, Live Science opens a window into the natural and technological world. We recommend this site if you are interested in comprehensive and compelling news and analysis.
Unlike the others, NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos & Culture is an opinion blog set at the intersection of science and culture. The purpose of this blog, which is named for the estimated age of the universe (13.7 billion years), is for scientists to debate what science can and cannot do. This blog is for the real science enthusiast who is already well informed about current industry news. Regular contributors include: Tania Lombrozo, Adam Frank, Marcelo Gleiser, Barbara J. King and Alva Noë.
So whether you work in science and technology or just enjoy catching up on the latest science news, we recommend you bookmark these sites and geek out every once in a while.