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10 Best Science Writers of 2014
Methodology

It's always difficult coming up with a list of the best science writers. Since the launch of RealClearScience in October 2010, we have linked to hundreds -- if not thousands -- of authors. Every one of them is worth reading.

Unlike last year's list of top science bloggers, which was purely subjective, we tried to bring something resembling a methodology to this year's list. We surveyed our archives for the authors we tended to link to the most (since January 1st of this year) and who received a tremendous number of clicks from our audience. What we found is that some of the most compelling journalism comes from writers who fly under the radar. Hopefully, this list helps bring them some well-deserved recognition.

Here is our list of the best science writers of 2014.

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The Biggest Junk Science of 2014
In 2014, scientists again pushed upon the bounds of possibility. They found a hidden ocean on Saturn's moon Enceladus, one that could harbor life. They unearthed Dreadnoughtus, the largest known...
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Top 10 Science Stories of 2014
What would have ended up being one of the biggest findings of the year -- perhaps of the decade -- has turned out to be wrong. Early in the year, astrophysicists announced that they had detected...
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Is That Conspiracy Theory Actually True?
America is awash in conspiracy theories. There are so many, in fact, that you can take your pick. From UFOs in Roswell, New Mexico, to the notion that power elites are planning to install a New...
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3 Ways Your Mind May Be Getting Controlled Right Now
MIND CONTROL. The mere mention of it evokes memories of cheesy sci-fi flicks from the 1950s, complete with ray guns, aliens, and wonky mad scientists. But mind control is actually quite real. Dr....
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Carl Sagan's Most Uplifting Words from Cosmos
Science, itself is inherently inspiring, consistently expanding the boundaries of what is possible. But sometimes it needs a translator. Few could articulate science's wonders as well as Carl Sagan....
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4 Advances That Could Revolutionize Cities Soon(ish)
Almost a century ago, architects envisioned cities of the future with multi-level streets to deal with overcrowding. Twenty years later, Harvard professor Martin Wagner dreamt up a metropolis...
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The Four Most Frightening Studies
It'll be relaxing, he said. There's nothing to fear, he said. So much for that. One day in 1924, University of Chicago psychologist William Blatz had his chair collapse under him. The experience was...
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6 Scary Science Books for Halloween
There are some who say that Death incarnate wears a darkened robe and wields a spectral scythe. There are others who say he takes a smaller, more insidious form, one that can only be viewed under a...
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Great Scientists on How Science & Religion Are Compatible
Are science and religion inherently at odds? It often seems that way. Absolutists on both sides regularly spout vitriolic talking points, which the media happily covers and loyal followers...
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6 Scientific Revelations About Online Dating
Online dating is not nearly as stigmatized as it was a decade ago. While once viewed as a bastion for the nerdy and desperate, online dating has now reached the mainstream. A 2013 Pew Research poll...
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