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Vote: The top 10 best science websites

Posted by Tony Hue on June 07, 2016

Last week, we introduced the Disqus Top Five, a new series to showcase and recognize the top websites across the Internet.

To kick off the festivities, we invited nominations for your favorite science websites. We’re talking space, physics, animal science, artificial intelligence, and more. Whether it’s news, research, or debates, science websites span a broad spectrum of topics and embody the desire for exploration and ingenuity.

With more than 50 different sites nominated, we decided to highlight not five but ten websites instead. Without further ado, here are YOUR top ten science websites on the Internet.

Vote for your favorite science website via the poll at the end of this post.

National Geographic

You probably had a copy of the venerable magazine lying around in your house growing up. Today, National Geographic continues to astound us with breaktaking and iconic photography from around the world. It also has an awesome science and space section covering everything from volcanoes, crocodiles, and exploring the outer regions of the Milky Way.

Tweet your vote for National Geographic

Nautilus

Nautilus is not your average science magazine. Each month they feature a single science topic, reporting from a myriad of perspectives to help readers understand the broad scope of subjects as complex as artificial intelligence, immortality, and extraterrestrial life.

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Science Alert

Science Alert features a large variety of cool and interesting science news. Take for instance, this recent story about the world’s largest math problem that was solved, requiring 200 TB of data and the help of a supercomputer. Or this story about Chile’s excess solar energy production that has forced the country to sell it basically for free. Whether you are a scientist or not, there’s a little bit of everything for anyone with a curious scientific mind.

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IFL Science

Chances are one of your Facebook friends shared/liked a post from I f****** love science’s Facebook page that is liked by over 24 million people. IFL Science covers interesting science news that is accessible to anyone, or the “lighter side of science.” It’s the science news your friends are probably talking about.

Tweet your vote for IFL Science

Watts Up With That?

One of the largest climate change and global warming websites on the Internet, Watts Up With That was started by a former meteorologist. Examining the intersection of scientific study, public policy, and environmental sciences, the site provides a peek into the climate change debate and the driving forces that’s reshaping our environment.

Tweet your vote for Watts Up With That

Science Daily

ScienceDaily is your source for the latest research news. Here’s what you said in the nomination about the site:

Science Daily has it all – top daily headlines, health, physical sciences, technology, environment & biology, science education… and just about every science under the sun. For me, it’s the science site I check before all others.

Tweet your vote for Science Daily

Bad Science Debunked

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. With so much information accessible at our fingertips, we need to also be mindful of where that information is derived from and its credibility. Clemency Fane summed it up best in her nomination comment:

Debunking bad science is an important part of promoting sound science, because sometimes bad science is hard to recognize, even for scientists. Junk science is dangerous, and people who take the time to do this in a reasoned, logical manner should be promoted.

Tweet your vote for Bad Science Debunked

Retraction Watch

Since launching in 2010, Retraction Watch has reported on hundreds of retractions in the research community. The site aims to increase the transparency behind the retraction of research papers. Too often, the retraction process is not well publicized, which can negatively impact scientists who may be making decisions based on invalid findings.

Tweet your vote for Retraction Watch

NASA

Pioneers in space exploration and scientific discovery, Nasa has inspired generations to look to the stars and wonder. Through the eyes of the International Space Station, The Hubble telescope, and last year’s New Horizons spacecraft that made a famous flyby of Pluto, Nasa.gov gives space junkies a peek ahead in the horizon for space.

Tweet your vote for NASA

Phys.org

Covering branches of science including physics, space, biology, and technology, Phys.org is the place to dive deep into the trenches when exploring topics in-depth. You can really get lost in a rabbit hole by following citations of source material or read coverage on scientific breakthroughs from major research labs around the world.

Tweet your vote for Phys.org

Time to vote!

The time to vote has begun! Cast your ballot below for the science website you think is the best. Voting will close on Friday morning. The top three winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

How to get the vote out:

In the spirit of Election season, there are a couple ways you can get the word out so that your favorite science website gets featured on the Disqus Blog:

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  • Email it to friends and family

Good luck to the nominated websites!

 

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