November 2010

Science Blog Roundup

A collection of science blogs that we think is worth checking out.


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Are you still getting your breaking science news from the front pages of Nature? That is so 1999. These days, scientists do what the rest of the world does: They turn to blogs. And, as with everything on the internet, science blogs exist in (over)abundance. Some are run by professional journalists at respected publications like Science and Nature, some are contributions from people working in a lab and some are just the musings of anonymous bloggers. So, which blogs should you add to your daily web-surfing routine? We’ve compiled a collection that we think is worth checking out.

A Blog Around the Clock
A site at the nexus of all things science— research, education and politics— A Blog Around the Clock also features a running interview series with bloggers discussing their trade.

ASBMB Policy Blotter
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s blog is written by the society’s public affairs staff, who are on the ground and in the trenches keeping you updated on science policy-related happenings in and around Washington, D.C.

Babbage
This is a broad science and technology blog hosted by The Economist that is as thorough and well-written as all of their articles.

Eye on FDA
This blog contains exactly what its title says: coverage of the happenings at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Health Blog
The Wall Street Journal’s blog Health Blog offers news and analysis on health and the business of health.

Nature.com Blogs
In addition to featuring its own science news blog called The Great Beyond, this website from Nature Publishing Group also compiles a list of third-party science blogs and ranks them by category (medicine, neuroscience, physics, etc.) and posting frequency.

Science Blog
More hard science than opinion, Science Blog features stories on lab breakthroughs and important studies that lay the groundwork for the headline-grabbing features you find on the covers of the big journals. Visit this site to read about the research behind the research.

ScienceBlogs
A massive compendium of original material, ScienceBlogs has something for every kind of scientist. Written by journalists, grad students, professors and whoever else wants to contribute, the site is a mixed bag of scientific, legal and political posts. In particular, the science posts run the gamut from medical and life sciences to information science and humanities.

ScienceInsider
This blog by Science magazine probably is the best general science site out there. It has a simple layout and straightforward, well-written posts, which contain actual sources and reporting.

The Daily Scan
One of three blogs sponsored by GenomeWeb, The Daily Scan presents a combination of in-house posts and stories featured on other blogs. With the rest of the site focused on industry, the postings tend to be a bit more professional than on other blogs.

Well
This blog on the New York Times website “sifts through medical research and expert opinions for practical advice to help readers take control of their health and live well every day.” The New York Times website also has an excellent Science section that is updated daily.

Geoffrey Hunt (ghunt@asbmb.org) is an ASBMB science policy fellow.


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