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Thanks to the internet, no matter where you live it is possible to access some fascinating websites and learn something new. Here is a list of the most popular science-based websites. Additionally, several have some great Podcasts to listen to with ‘How Stuff Works’ being a personal favourite. All Podcasts can be downloaded via Google Play (Android), Google Podcasts App or the Apple Podcast App.
Great Science Websites
HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor’s kitchen table. From there, they quickly grew into an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. Today, their writers, editors, podcasters and video hosts share all the things they’re most excited to learn about with nearly 30 million visitors to the site each month.
NASA – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
Discovery, Inc. (formerly Discovery Communications) is an American mass media company based in New York City. Established in 1985, the company is best known with its non-scripted and factual television channels.
Live Science was originally launched in 2004, but was subsequently shut down and re-launched in 2007. Live Science covers scientific breakthroughs, research ventures and odd facts from around the world in an online newsmagazine format.
ScienceDaily features breaking news about the latest discoveries in science, health, the environment, technology, and more – from leading universities, scientific journals, and research organisations.
ScienceDirect is built on the widest range of trusted, high-quality, interdisciplinary research, and helps you find answers to your most pressing research questions, stay on top of your field and gain in-depth insights into trending research topics as you take your next steps in discovery..
Space.com has enjoyed the participation of several key space-related public figures, Neil Armstrong, Alexei Leonov, Eugene A. Cernan, and Thomas Stafford. In 2003, for its coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, it received the Online Journalism Award for Breaking News by the Online News Association.
Nature Research exists to serve the research community by publishing its most significant discoveries – findings that advance knowledge and address some of the greatest challenges that we face as a society today. Their journals publish not only primary research but also reviews, critical comment, news and analysis.
Popular Science (also known as PopSci) is an American quarterly magazine carrying popular science content, which refers to articles for the general reader on science and technology subjects. Popular Science has won over 58 awards, including the American Society of Magazine Editors awards for its journalistic excellence in both 2003 (for General Excellence) and 2004 (for Best Magazine Section). With roots beginning in 1872, Popular Science has been translated into over 30 languages and is distributed to at least 45 countries.
Smithsonian magazine and Smithsonian.com place a Smithsonian lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution – science, history, art, popular culture and innovation – and chronicling them every day for their diverse readership.
TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, they strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
New Scientist is the world’s most popular weekly science and technology magazine. Its website, app and print editions cover international news from a scientific standpoint, and ask the biggest-picture questions about life, the universe and what it means to be human. If someone in the world has a good idea, you’ll read about it in New Scientist.
Science has been at the center of important scientific discovery since its founding in 1880 – with seed money from Thomas Edison. Today, Science continues to publish the very best in research across the sciences, with articles that consistently rank among the most cited in the world.
RedOrbit.com headquartered in Nashville, TN, was founded in November 2002. The web site was launched with the goal of creating the largest, most unique internet community, with the strongest consumer brand, in the most underserved niche on the Web. RedOrbit.com has since become the premier internet destination for space, science, health, and technology enthusiasts around the globe.
Please comment below if you have any other suggestions for great science-based websites that we should know about.