The Top 10 Websites for Science in 2019

The Top 10 Websites for Science in 2019
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The Top 10 Websites for Science in 2019
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Millions of scientific papers are published each year, detailing new discoveries, reviewing the state of research, and opining on important matters. But most people don't delve into daunting databases to learn the latest science news – who has time for that? Rather, they stay up to date with the help of various news outlets, which dig up and report on the stories that matter. At RealClearScience, we strive to steer you towards the best of these sources and castigate the worst. Near the end of the calendar year, we recognize what we perceive to be the leading websites for science content. Here are our picks for 2019:

Honorable Mentions:

For fantastic coverage of health and medicine, check out STAT.

Smithsonian provides tidy news round-ups each weekday with an extra dose of stories spanning, culture, geography, and history.

If the life sciences rouse your interests, head to TheScientist.

Discover is great for general coverage of all things science.

Do you prefer science news written by academics, themselves? The Conversation has you covered.


The Top Ten!




10. Cosmos' experienced writers explain the latest scientific news succinctly and have a knack for finding stories that other outlets miss.






9. Known more for reporting on finance, business, and investing, Forbes surprised us this year with a renovated and robust science page featuring talented writers (many of whom are scientists) like bioarchaeologist Kristina Killgrove, former President of the American Meteorological Society Marshall Shepherd, freelance journalist Kiona N. Smith, geologist David Bressan, marine biologist Ariella Simke, geologist Trevor Nace, and astrophysicist Ethan Siegel.




8. Live Science and have been producing accurate and interesting content for years. The two sister sites are as consistent as they come. (Full disclosure: RealClearScience has a limited content sharing partnership with Live Science.)




7. For nearly 100 years, the nonprofit ScienceNews has been a model of journalistic integrity. You'll find fascinating book reviews, compelling feature stories, and in-depth reporting on their beautifully redesigned website.






6. We're so pleased that UK-based NewScientist has once again opened up its site to nonsubscribers, because we can't get enough of it. The 63-year-old magazine publishes a steady stream of absorbing stories on its eye-catching and intuitive website.





5. Sure, Gizmodo and its sister sites have a reputation for clickbait, but the writers at Gizmodo deliver meaty substance along with their intriguing headlines. You can count on Ryan Mandelbaum, George Dvorsky, Ed Cara, Yessenia Funes, Brian Kahn, and the rest of the team for smart, skeptical, and incisive content with a dash of biting wit.





4. Quanta Magazine earned the top spot on our list from last year, but their fall to #4 shouldn't be taken as a sign that the publication is waning, only that the other contenders really stepped up their game. You can still depend on Quanta for reporting that delves inside and wraps around a story to squeeze out every important detail.






3. Nature News, published courtesy of the world's leading multidisciplinary science journal, Nature, is a perennial powerhouse of stalwart science journalism. Nature celebrated its 150th anniversary this year. We foresee it delivering jaw-dropping discoveries and solid reporting for years to come.





2. In the yearly battle of top science journals, Science Magazine eked out ahead of Nature in 2019. It seemed like the news arm of Science really re-dedicated itself to publishing a boatload of great content each and every day. Science always had quality, but now they have quantity as well.





1. Ars Technica truly leapt ahead of the competition this year with deep, behind-the-scenes reporting on space and space policy as well as critical insights into some of pressing matters of the year, like gene-editing, climate change, and technological privacy. Their science page, headed up by veteran editor John Timmer, features intelligent, skeptical, and elucidating stories penned by a trove of talented writers, including Jennifer Ouellette, Beth Mole, Scott K. Johnson, Cathleen O'Grady, and Eric Berger.

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