5 Great Science Blogs You Won’t Want to Miss

Here’s a list of blogs I’ve discovered over the past year. Some are well-known. Some are diamonds in the rough. Check them out. Tell me what you think.

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Science blogs you won't want to miss

Babel’s Dawn

This is a blog about the origins of speech, a topic that intrigues me. He has posts on


Confusedious, a Science Blog

An entirely readable take on ‘thoughts, reviews and other tidbits from the world of science’. The blogger is a student with an inquirers approach to scientific topics. There have been few posts I’ve not enjoyed. I’m disappointed that the author doesn’t post more often.

The Loom

The webmaster, Carl Zimmer, writes about science regularly for the New York Times and magazines such as Discover, where he is a contributing editor and columnist. He is the author of ten books, the most recent of which is A Planet of Viruses. His blog covers an eclectic mix of scientific topics which I find appealing. For example, this week he’s collecting scientific tattoos. Who else would do that?

Scientist at Work

This blog is the modern version of a field journal, a place for reports on the daily progress of scientific expeditions — adventures, misadventures, discoveries. As with the expeditions themselves, you never know what you will find.

Sentence First

This blog, also covers language, but with a down-to-earth approach I appreciate–even humor. Nice to find in science blogs. I’ve noticed that my posts on words always receive an inordinate amount of attention from readers (they’re over at my writing blog, WordDreams). This trend is borne out by Stan who got 23 comments on a post about the difference between which and that. Probably no one reading this post is surprised. We’ll leave that to the rest of the world.

6 Responses to “5 Great Science Blogs You Won’t Want to Miss”

  1. October 26, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Thanks for sharing these, Jacqui. You’ve given me some great new to-follow material! “Sentence First” is very different – who couldn’t love an Irishman blogging about English?

    • October 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      I would love to hear what your favorites are. Where do you go when you have a few free minutes?

  2. October 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Hello again, Jacqui, and thank you for the link and very kind words.

    I’d been toying with the that/which can of worms for some time, but it took an article at the Guardian – a misleading one, I felt – to finally provoke me into writing about it. Comments are now at 31 and counting, but that includes a few of my own, and some pingbacks. I love that people so evidently care about these things, and I try to challenge the misinformation that can steer those passions in wayward directions.

    Thank you also to Nicola. I’m blushing, even in black and white.

    • October 28, 2011 at 4:55 am

      Nicky so funny. I hadn’t thought of that–an Irishman blogging about English. It is nice people still care about words. My most oft-visited posts are about words. I write about them because they fascinate me, and I seem to have company.

  3. November 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you for the mention Jacqui!

    I’m alive and well and have a weekly blogging schedule planned as of the end of this semester (in a couple weeks). I’ll have some interesting material to talk about as I’m participating in a research project over the summer university break (Australia) relating to epigenetics, specifically the role of methylation in memory formation.

    Thanks again!

    • November 7, 2011 at 4:29 am

      Glad you’re back! I love your posts. They always get me thinking.

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