Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Top Science Sites for Science Week

Since it's Science Week and with all this talk of awards and websites going on, I present to you my (current) top ten science websites for general science fun! These may be particularly useful for younger students of science, but will be enjoyed by all.

Now, if you were to ask me next month, the list could be completely different, given the huge number of great science sites out there. However, here, for the record is my top ten (in no particular order).

Have I missed out on any? What's your favourite science site? Let me know.

I'm a Scientist
Based loosely on the TV programme "I'm a celebrity", students and scientists get to chat online and school students get to ask all the questions they like. The 2010 event is now over, but already the 2011 version is shaping up to be lots of fun.

How Stuff Works
Organised by the people behind the Discovery Channel, this site allows you to find out the science behind every day and some not-so-every-day things. Find out how sunglasses, fireworks and zips work!

The Frog Blog
A great Irish science blog edited by Humphrey Jones. Don't let the name fool you though; frogs aren't the only thing on offer. Check out this site for articles on everything from vampire squid to science education.

NASA Science
This site is stuffed with brilliant imagery from space programmes and excellent explanations of complex stuff like the Big Bang and Dark Matter. Just the thing for this space themed Science Week.

Guardian Science
An excellent source for the latest science news, this website also contains a range of science blogs (to which I occasionally contribute) which are excellent for encouraging debate around scientific issues.

Secret Life of Scientists
Another declaration of interests here, because I also contribute to this site as a guest blogger. This US-based site is brought to you by the people behind the NOVA science programmes available on PBS. It takes a look at the scientists themselves, asking why they became scientists and what else they like to get up to outside the lab.

Science Gallery
Another Irish site, this comes direct from the Science Gallery based at Trinity College Dublin. Check out their upcoming exhibitions and their excellent science blog.

Scientific American
Back to the US now and although I really can't stand the font used in their new design, it is still the place to go for "the science that matters".

The Scientist
Now, here's a site that has also had a makeover but with much more successful results (are you listening Scientific American?). Excellent and in-depth coverage of the latest news in the biosciences. Their Naturally Selected blog is always informative.

Science Week
Can't leave this one out being the week that it is. Check this site for all the latest science week news and to find out where and when cool science events are happening all over the country.

Have I missed out on any? What's your favourite science site? Let me know by leaving a comment below.


Unknown November 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

Thanks very much for including the Frog Blog in your "top ten" - you would definitely make ours too!

Jeremy Stone November 10, 2010 at 12:07 AM  

Thanks Eoin for your ongoing support of the Frog Blog and your useful comments - hope to see you at the 'Spider' bash!

Margaret Jordan November 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM  

I would include CERN and IOP:
and http://www.iop.org/

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