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A Website with Real Science News?

Cliff posted more than 8 years ago | from the just-the-facts-ma'am dept.

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TechnoSophos asks: "How can I get the real scoop on the latest scientific research? The fourth-grade-reading-level newspaper version of the story is rarely accurate, and is too focused on the wow factor. On the other hand, neither searching for arbitrary strings, nor browsing by journal or even topic is particularly effective if the task is simply staying up to date with the latest news. I don't need gorgeous graphics, nor do I need someone with a Bachelor's in Literary Criticism telling me what the research is about. I just want the cold, hard facts -- lots of 'em."

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ScienceNews (4, Informative)

Disoriented (202908) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915699)

ScienceNews [sciencenews.org]

I used to get the print version of their weekly pamphlet. It's aimed at the science-knowledgeable public.

Re:ScienceNews (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15915766)

This site is pretty good:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/ [sciencedaily.com]

Re:ScienceNews (1)

Silas is back (765580) | more than 8 years ago | (#15920500)

Agreed, it surely is a must-have-in-your-RSS-reader. There is the main RSS feed and there are feeds for 9 subtopics.

I second that! (1)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 8 years ago | (#15919719)

I'm a current subscriber and absolutely love it. It's (relatively) cheap, it takes about 45 minutes for me to read it from cover to cover, and I always manage to find something personally relevant in it.

I first heard of Science News in a Slashdot article [slashdot.org] a while ago, and have been nothing but pleased with it since.

Truly, it's insightful (1)

shpoffo (114124) | more than 8 years ago | (#15924711)

I dont' get much in print besides that and Parabola.

Science and Nature (3, Informative)

pz (113803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915709)

Subscribe to Science and Nature. Both of them have encapsulations and summaries with implications on the hottest articles published in each week's issue. Both have on-line versions. Also, Scientific American can be good (once was great) for perspective articles by world experts.

Re:Science and Nature (2, Interesting)

Qeyser (6788) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915934)

I would agree that the summaries in Science and Nature are pretty good, but I find the articles themselves to be almost worthless if you're not in the specific field. The articles are written to cram the most information into the smallest space. Important details are often left out, and jargon and abbreviations dominate the text. And even then, some of the articles there were published because they were "sexy", or because the senior author is a big name -- and as a result have bald, outrageous flaws. For well written articles that tackle good science, I'd take SciAm any day . . .

Re:Science and Nature (2, Interesting)

Qeyser (6788) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915969)

Of course, I would still give a kidney to publish in Science or Nature, so perhaps y'all should file my comment under "sour grapes".

-q

Re:Science and Nature (4, Funny)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916521)

Of course, I would still give a kidney to publish in Science or Nature, so perhaps y'all should file my comment under "sour grapes".
Examination of the fair exchange value of redundant circulatory organs in specialised information exchange markets with constraints and contexts related to specific agricultural products with a low exchange value. Science. (Submitted)

Re:Science and Nature (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916167)

And even then, some of the articles there were published because they were "sexy", or because the senior author is a big name
You won't get away from that anywhere.

Re:Science and Nature (1)

pz (113803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916525)

I find the articles themselves to be almost worthless if you're not in the specific field.

I find that varies highly with the field. I'm not a molecular biologist, and so don't have the necessary background to understand most of those articles. But, then, they're not written for me in mind, so I've no place to complain. That's why the more important articles have summaries written for the out-of-field scientists. On the other hand, I'm not a geologist, but I can slog through some of the thermochronology articles. Same for the archeology articles. It varies.

The point is, however, to read the summaries and encapsulations which are normally quite excellent. The original papers really aren't intended for the general scientific reader.

Re:Science and Nature (1)

Fyz (581804) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918609)

Plus, you actually have to be independantly wealthy or have tenure to be able to afford them. Only reason i don't have a subscription.

Re:Science and Nature (1)

DeanPentcheff (103656) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916116)

Seconding (thirding...) the recommendation for the news & views sections of Science and Nature. These are written by well trained professional science journalists. Because the articles will certainly be read by scientists working in the field being covered, the journalists have to be exceptionally careful to do a good job of reporting the stories.

Note that if you have a university or college affiliation, you probably have "free" access to the online versions of Science and Nature (which include everything that is in the print editions). Check with your librarians. (By "free" I mean that your institution has paid dearly for the privilege, so you might as well take advantage of it!)

The Arxiv!!! (1)

Quantum Fizz (860218) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916821)

If you want the 'real deal' for free, then you should definitely comb through the Arxiv [arxiv.org] , which are real articles written by real researchers, usually the same article that gets sent to a specific subscription-only journal later. If you want real stuff, you should have no problem weeding out any crap from real scientists. Ie, find what university or facility the scientist works in to find out if they're legit, look at references and those references, etc. There's quite alot of stuff there.

Christian Science Monitor (-1, Troll)

Kawahee (901497) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915718)

http://www.csmonitor.com/ [csmonitor.com] All news has been screened to make sure that none of Satan's lies (evolution/round earth) get through!

Re:Christian Science Monitor (4, Insightful)

William_Lee (834197) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915799)

All news has been screened to make sure that none of Satan's lies (evolution/round earth) get through!

This is an incredibly ignorant statement. You've clearly never read any CS Monitor stories. They are a high quality, fairly unbiased publication. They definitely don't let the whackjob worldview of their parent church seep into their journalism.

Re:Christian Science Monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15915832)

This is an incredibly ignorant statement. You've clearly never read any CS Monitor stories.

Read? What's this read stuff? This is slashdot. Here it's out right, Nay! our obligation to badmouth anything that makes any reference to Christianity without gathering the facts. After all, if we bothered with doing a tad of research and not jumping to assumptions what kind of logical discussions could we have?

But mind you, if it was a bash against any other religion we'd just be small minded bigots instead of the enlightened bashers of Christianity.

Re:Christian Science Monitor (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916227)

The actual story of the CSM is quite interesting--the creator believed that God wanted her to make an unbiased newspaper. I wish more commands from God were like that instead of "Invade Iraq!" and "Blow up the WTC!"

Re:Christian Science Monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15916426)

Yeah, because the invasion of Iraq was a religiously motivated decision.... you're a fucking idiot.

Re:Christian Science Monitor (0, Flamebait)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916453)

Bush has specifically told the media that God told him to invade iraq. You're the fucking idiot here.

No, you are (0, Flamebait)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 8 years ago | (#15917014)

There is a weak correlation between a man's motives and what he says they motives are. The constant of correlation is inversely proportional to the political power of that individual.

Re:No, you are (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15917878)

The very idea that a president of the United States would claim, to ANY audience, no matter how small, that his motivation for invading another country was that God told him to do it is scary enough, regardless of how accurately that statement reflects his real motivations. Either Bush is a cynical creep who wants people to think he's a religious crank, or he really is a religious crank: either way, we're in deep doo-doo.

Re:Christian Science Monitor (4, Insightful)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915811)

Errrm. This kind of post deserves a -1 I'm an Idiot mod. The CS monitor is one of the most respected sources of news out there. In fact, in most of the articles that have touched on the current "debate", CS has come down on the side of science not the religous beliefs of the young-earth creationists.

My suspicion is that you just don't like the "Christian" in the name. Since your comments are not grounded in reality, this makes you a bigot.

Re:Christian Science Monitor (2, Insightful)

schmiddy (599730) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916698)

Indeed. I'd been initially very skeptical of any publication with the name "Christian Science Monitor".. until I read a few of their pieces. They're well-written, and actually very well respected, with good reason. Check the Wikipedia Article [wikipedia.org] , they have almost no religious affiliation, great reporting (seven time Pulitzer winner), and stick their neck out for reporters on the line.

Also, off-topic a little, but if you live in or plan on visiting Boston anytime.. check out the Mapparium [wikipedia.org] , which is located in a library belonging to the CSM. I wasn't too impressed by the thought of seeing what's essentially a really large globe until I actually got to go inside.. the acoustics alone are enough to take your breath away -- you can hear the faintest whisper along the inner diameter (a long way). Pictures don't do it the faintest justice, but here's [neatorama.com] one [bu.edu] .

Re:Christian Science Monitor (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15915853)

Actually, the Christian Science Monitor is one of the better papers out there. It does a very good job of avoiding the sensationalistic shit we find it most other America media. Perhaps that's because they use their own reporters, rather than just reprinting junk from the AP or Reuters. And even an atheist such as myself can tolerate the daily religious article they print. At least their religious slant isn't completely focused on treating any and all conflict in the Middle East as being the beginning of Armageddon.

If more Christians were to read the Monitor, rather than consuming the bullshit from FOX or CNN, America would likely be a far better place. The majority of Americans would have a far more realistic idea of the world around them, and might even extend that knowledge when voting.

Re:Christian Science Monitor (2, Insightful)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915916)

Here is one example of them saving us from the evolution devil [csmonitor.com]

Re:Christian Science Monitor (1)

Kawahee (901497) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916307)

I can't help but notice you got modded troll incorrectly.

Re:Christian Science Monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15916278)

So terribly self-righteous and smug. How does it feel to have it pointed out to you that you're part of the problem?

What do you need? (4, Interesting)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915737)

Not to be a pain but maybe if we knew what you were interested in and what level of science you're into it would be helpful.

Like me for instance: I'm far from being an astrophysicist but I consider the Discovery Channel version of science insulting. I normally read the dumbed down news and go to other sources to find out more about the elements of the story to get me more familiar with the concepts. Normally it comes full circle to some better articles relating to the original subject. Like for math concepts I normally first turn to Wolfram Mathworld [wolfram.com] .

Re:What do you need? (2, Interesting)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916173)

Oh, if you think mathworld is awesome, this [wolfram.com] is going to blow your mind.

Re:What do you need? (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916667)

Thanks for the heads up! This looks fantastic.

Re:What do you need? (1)

pNutz (45478) | more than 8 years ago | (#15919419)

We'll that does sound awesome, but I'm not about to apologize to Wolfram for my wget. It was low-bandwidth, and I stand by my violation of the terms of use.

Why? (-1)

Kohath (38547) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915743)

Science news isn't really useful when it's news. Sometimes it becomes useful years later.

Buy an Xbox or something instead.

Re:Why? (1)

jpardey (569633) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915807)

I sort of agree with you there. A friend of mine asked me one day if I had heard about the new 1 TB drives that fit in a small space or something. There are always new ones. That wasn't an important advancment he was talking about, just one of many incremental changes.

It does take a while for the gravity of a discovery to sink in. Until then, xbox sounds good!

RSC and ACS (4, Informative)

Frumious Wombat (845680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915754)

The home pages for the Royal Society of Chemistry http://www.rsc.org/ [rsc.org] and the public face of the American Chemical Society, http://www.chemistry.org/ [chemistry.org] , as well as the American Physics Society http://www.aip.org/ [aip.org] . It's a lot of foraging, but it will get you the technical gory details. If your local library has it, Chemical and Engineering News has roundups both in the front of the magazine, and in a one-page science-technology roundup. The rest of the mag is pretty much chemical industry, but has articles on particular areas at times.

As a previous poster mentioned, Science http://www.sciencemag.org/ [sciencemag.org] and Nature http://www.nature.com/ [nature.com] are good all in one stops.

Personally, I start every monday lunch off with browsing the table of contents of JACS, J. Phys. Chem., Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, and J. Org. Chem. If you're not a chemist, these will probably bore you to death, but it's where I get my science news from, other than the Tuesday NYT.

Re:Tuesday NYT (2, Interesting)

boson0 (730623) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916218)

You are bang in your last sentence: the Tuesday "Science Times" in the New York Times is consistently the best topical science journalism I know of. Today's issue has a great story on the possible proof of Poincare's conjecture - some hard core topology with your morning coffee. The topics are not always the broadest: far too much string theory and health news for my taste, but good writing and not dumbed down.

Re:RSC and ACS (1)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918176)

Aip.org is not the American Physical Society, but in fact is the homepage of the American Institute of Physics. The APS website is at www.aps.org [aps.org] .

Re:RSC and ACS (1)

Frumious Wombat (845680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15919130)

My bad. I typed the one that provides my bi-monthly dose of Journal of Chemical Physics, without thinking clearly what those three letters actually meant.

Re:RSC and ACS (1)

berbo (671598) | more than 8 years ago | (#15920586)

ah yes, JCP. I heart the JCP.

EurekAlert! (4, Informative)

xirtap (955611) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915771)

I usually check out EurekAlert! [eurekalert.org] every once in a while. I find it decent and think it might be the thing you're looking for.

Re:EurekAlert! (1)

Cheesepipe (738427) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916113)

I usually...once in a while. Is it just me, or does this not make much sense?

Re:EurekAlert! (1)

xirtap (955611) | more than 8 years ago | (#15917597)

Yes, well you're going to have to forgive my english as I'm foreign and the post was made around 3-4am.

Some sources I use (4, Informative)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915775)

Here's some of the sources I use...

For general stuff, News@Nature [nature.com] is fairly good, although much of their content requires a subscription.

There's also a few blogs I regularly read which are quite good at offering in-depth analysis of recent scientific news in specific fields:

* Space science: Planetary Society's blog [planetary.org] (note that the main author, Emily Lakdawalla, is on maternity leave, so at the moment there's some guest-authors of varying quality)

* Biology/evolution: Carl Zimmer's The Loom [scienceblogs.com]

* Pharmaceuticals: In The Pipline [corante.com]

* Future tech trends: http://futurepundit.com/ [futurepundit.com]

Easy (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915796)

Slashdot! It is my only source for science news.

(when you stop laughing, please mod someone else down)

Surely Shome Mishtake? (1)

jeremymiles (725644) | more than 8 years ago | (#15917335)

Didn't you mean Digg?

Re:Surely Shome Mishtake? (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 8 years ago | (#15919306)

Didn't you mean Digg?

With Digg, you get rumours and bad comments. With Slashdot, you usually get the facts with some intellegent comments. Sometimes two or three times in the same week, just in case you missed it the first time....

Re:Surely Shome Mishtake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15919344)

With Slashdot, you usually get the facts with some intellegent comments.
 
Uh, no. Normally you get a blog that is referencing an article on some other website and you get comments from people who either don't bother to read the article in question or just want to do what they can to disrupt any potential intellegent conversations.
 
Let's face facts here; Slashdot is pretty much a bashfest anymore. A few years ago I would have agreed with you.

Re:Surely Shome Mishtake? (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 8 years ago | (#15919536)

Try adjusting your threshold up then. I read at 0 or -1, but you can set it to +3 and get some pretty good gold, with much less garbage.

Biology News (3, Informative)

Zouden (232738) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915797)

If you're after biology news, try http://biologynews.net/ [biologynews.net]

2 sites I can recommend (3, Informative)

hargettp (74445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915801)

I subscribe to their news feeds, too (can't recall if their RSS or Atom): Enjoy!

Re:2 sites I can recommend (1)

whitehatlurker (867714) | about 8 years ago | (#15951361)

Sciendaily, and Science Blog [scienceblog.com] .

Try New Scientist (4, Interesting)

William_Lee (834197) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915816)

I would recommend you check out New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/home.ns [newscientist.com] . They're not going to go into things at the level of Nature or Science, but will give you quality stories that are food for thought and starting points for further research. As a former scientist, I'd also mention that Science and Nature, while great publications, are cost prohibitive for individuals (unless you use your local library), and are tedious to wade through unless you have a tremendous amount of time.

"Nature" is overrated (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916794)

Nature was a great journal once, but they've gone way downhill. The biology articles are still excellent (or at least seem to be; I can't judge), but they've published some terrible computer science articles.

Where's that science news? Posted on /. (4, Insightful)

maynard (3337) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915889)

Wow. The /. editors are finally getting it. They've posted the first Ask Slashdot question that really matters! A few of us might even learn where to go to find real "news for nerds." Thanks!

And I posted this as a joke, WTF?!?!?! (1)

maynard (3337) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916135)

+5, Insightful?

Funny, Assholes! FUNNY!!!!

Subscribe to _Science News_ (1)

fustflum (67376) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915912)

I'd recommend a subscription to the weekly periodical _Science News_. It contains short yet detailed articles "covering the most important research in all fields of science". Organized for the reader who actually cares about the science (as opposed to the sound bite), it has many "small details" that it gets right, like having an up-to-date and searchable online edition and ,*gasp* always citing the source paper(s)! It's very nice to read a captivating article summarizing a recent discovery and then be able to grab a more detailed technical paper, should one fancy. http://www.sciencenews.org/ [sciencenews.org]

Re:Subscribe to _Science News_ (1)

pturley (412183) | more than 8 years ago | (#15917264)

I subscribe to this newsweekly as well and it's a great way to keep up with the most interesting, recent scientific news.

Science News Analysis (3, Insightful)

Kohath (38547) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915926)

If you want analysis, junkscience.com [junkscience.com] is a good one to have in the mix.

Re:Science News Analysis (1)

SenatorTreason (640653) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916362)

Ahahahhahhahh! Good one!

Seed & Sciencenblogs (2, Informative)

Rheingold (2741) | more than 8 years ago | (#15915931)

I like Seed [seedmagazine.com] and Scienceblogs [scienceblogs.com] myself.

Re:Seed & Sciencenblogs (1)

Burz (138833) | more than 8 years ago | (#15927565)

I recommend Seed as well.

A few more are World Science [world-science.net] and EROEI.com [eroei.com] and Physorg. [physorg.com]

Ronald Piquepaille's Technology Trends (4, Funny)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916007)

Slashdot gets 73.5% of its science and tech news from there so it has to be good. Ronald Piquepaille's Technology Trends. [weblogs.com]

Many different levels of publications available (1)

SEMW (967629) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916034)

Can't really say without knowing exactly what level of publication you're looking for:

- A couple of steps above newspapers you have New Scientist (http://www.newscientist.com/) and Scientific American (http://www.sciam.com/).

- At a higher level of specialisation and greater depth, you have the institute publications; e.g. Physics World (http://physicsweb.org/subscribe/index.cfm?mag=PHW ) and its equivalents in the rest of the Sciences.

- At an even higher level you have the Journals - e.g. Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/magazine.dtl) and Nature (http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html) which publish individual Scientific papers, but also have summaries, analysis etc.

- At ever high that you get journals with increasingly greater specialisation, such as The Journal of Investigative Dermatology (http://www.nature.com/jid/index.html) (And if you think that's bad, try Nature Clinical Practice Urology...).

Arxiv (1)

sydbarrett74 (74307) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916126)

If you want preprints of papers, go to the NLANL archives at www.arxiv.org....

It depends (2, Informative)

davidoff404 (764733) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916133)

It really does depend on the precise level of coverage that you're looking for. When I was seven or eight years old I used to devour issues of Scientific American for example, but now I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. Similarly, when I was an undergrad I thought that New Scientist was a pretty decent read. Given that I've got a freshly minted PhD in my pocket I now know enough to realise that all scientific journalism out there pushes some agenda or other and, as such, is pretty worthless.

My advice, particularly if you're interested in physics or mathematics, is simply to try to keep up to speed with the journals. The arXiV [arxiv.org] is the only place to go for high energy physics (theory and experiment), general relativity and quantum cosmology, astrophysics, and solid state stuff. This is, after all, where all of the journalists who write for "science magazines" get their information from. The downside is that there's a huge number of papers published there each month. What's more, a great deal of it will be unintelligible to anyone who hasn't at least been to grad school.

Still, if you forced me to pick a good source of news at gunpoint, the arXiV is where I'd go.

I'm continuosly impressed (1)

code shady (637051) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916139)

With the quality of the articles at Biology News [biologynews.net]
It's always high quality, but the discussion could use a little *ahem* beefing up.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this site in any way, shape, or form. I just like the articles, and am interested in biology.

Re:I'm continuosly impressed (1)

FiReaNGeL (312636) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916610)

I am affiliated with the site (well, im the only one behind it to be honest), and I agree that the discussion part is very sad looking right now. If you have any suggestions to improve it, feel free to do so :) The system is very good, its only that no one even comments on stories, and people who do are more often than not trolls and not that 'insightfull' :(

Might reopen anonymous posting someday, but it was tiring to filter the spam from the ham.

PhysOrg.com (1)

IonChannel (807908) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916154)

http://www.physorg.com/ [physorg.com] I love this site, even though it has way more news than I can handle.

Science News dot org (2, Informative)

bscott (460706) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916176)

For years I've subscribed to 'Science News', a slim weekly publication with wonderfully concise articles covering most if not all branches of science. They've been publishing since 1921 and are pretty highly regarded in the industry. It's written for the scientist who wants to keep up on what's going on outside their specialty, or anyone educated enough to not need the lowest-common-denominator language required by the mass media outlets. They have a website at http://www.sciencenews.org/ [sciencenews.org] but I find the paper version worthwhile to have in my car so I can skim a few paragraphs at stoplights, or while otherwise stuck in traffic...

Re:Science News dot org (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15929130)

I used to get the dead tree version of Science News too, but its a pretty pricy subscription and about half the stuff in it is stuff you'll have seen go by on the internet a week or two before.

I canceled my subscription and just keep an eye on the google news sci/tech feed and a few other science news sites (most of which have already been linked to in other comments).

When I see something interesting that has been dumbed down to far its usually not much trouble to track down a more intelligent summary or the original publication. Find an IM friend who works at a university. Their network will usually have free access to articles in the popular journals, so you can send them a link and have them email you the article for free.

my longlist (5, Informative)

senahj (461846) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916190)

Slashdot wants more characters per line Sky above 37Â375"N 122Â2222"W at Sat 2005 Jul 2 20:11 [fourmilab.ch]
Slashdot wants more characters per line ScienceDaily Magazine -- News Summaries [sciencedaily.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line BBC NEWS | Science/Nature [bbc.co.uk]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Science News Online [sciencenews.org]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Molecule of the Day [scienceblogs.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line The Loom [scienceblogs.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Cosmic Variance [cosmicvariance.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Scientific American news [sciam.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Sciencegate [scienceg8.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line New Scientist [newscientist.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line LiveScience [livescience.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Science And Politics [blogspot.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Chris C Mooney [scienceblogs.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line symmetry Magazine [symmetrymag.org]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Discover Magazine [discover.com]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Mathematician OTD [st-and.ac.uk]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Mars Exploration Rover Mission: Home [nasa.gov]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: Home [nasa.gov]
Slashdot wants more characters per line ESA - Cassini-Huygens [esa.int]
Slashdot wants more characters per line NASA - Cassini-Huygens: Close Encounter with Saturn [nasa.gov]
Slashdot wants more characters per line HiRISE Operations Center -- HiROC [arizona.edu]
Slashdot wants more characters per line Cassini Saturn [nasa.gov]
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Re:my longlist (1)

itwerx (165526) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916554)

OMFG!
      And you have the time to read all these how?!?

Re:my longlist (1)

Kohath (38547) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916587)

No, not that kind of science. The other kind.

Re:my longlist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15916872)

And you know what they all have in common?

The fact that Slashdot wants more characters per line.

Re:my longlist (1)

mdielmann (514750) | more than 8 years ago | (#15920511)

Crap, that comment is going to be my second homepage. Hey, why can't I have a second home?

ScienceDaily (2, Informative)

Max Threshold (540114) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916204)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/ [sciencedaily.com] The articles are based on press releases, but they reference the original papers if you want to read more.

seed magazine- science is culture (1)

acomj (20611) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916211)

http://www.seedmagazine.com/ [seedmagazine.com]

google scholar (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15916299)

for engineering try google scholar

scholar.google.com

ScienceWeek has no peer (2, Informative)

guanxi (216397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916618)

ScienceWeek (http://www.scienceweek.com) is by far the best resource I've found. They print summaries of important research that strike the perfect balance (for me): It's written for an interdisciplinary audience, so you don't need subject-specific knowledge to understand it, but it's written for scientists, so it omits all journalistic fluff and focuses on the content, and it's succinct, which is essential because I have no time. Here's an excerpt from the latest edition:

1. ATMOSPHERE: ON THE ICE AGE CYCLE

The following points are made by Didier Paillard (Science 2006 313:455):

1) The exposure of Earth's surface to the Sun's rays (or insolation) varies on time scales of thousands of years as a result of regular changes in Earth's orbit around the Sun (eccentricity), in the tilt of Earth's axis (obliquity), and in the direction of Earth's axis of rotation (precession). According to the Milankovitch theory, these insolation changes drive the glacial cycles that have dominated Earth's climate for the past 3 million years.

2) For example, between 3 million and 1 million years before the present (late Pliocene to early Pleistocene, hereafter LP-EP), the glacial oscillations followed a 41,000-year cycle. These oscillations correspond to insolation changes driven by obliquity changes. But during this time, precession-driven changes in insolation on a 23,000-year cycle were much stronger than the obliquity-driven changes. Why is the glacial record for the LP-EP dominated by obliquity, rather than by the stronger precessional forcing? How should the Milankovitch theory be adapted to account for this "41,000-year paradox"?

3) Two different solutions are available. The first involves a rethinking of how the insolation forcing should be defined ...


The rest is here: http://scienceweek.com/2006/sw060811.htm [scienceweek.com]

Unfortunately, they've cut back to 4 summaries per week. Also, the website design would have been ugly in 1994 -- all bold Times. (why?) But ignore that; nobody matches its content.

Australian Science News Site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15916857)

For science news from Australia check out:
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/ [sciencealert.com.au]

The site deliberately avoids posting/linking to anything that is mostly marketing spin and focuses on stories that have real science in it.

AIP's Physics News Update (1)

mako1138 (837520) | more than 8 years ago | (#15916909)

The AIP's Physics News Update [aip.org] is a pretty fascinating look at the cutting edge, though it's a weekly.

Very up to date: virtual journals (1)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 8 years ago | (#15917230)

There are several virtual journals out there at the moment, they give an overview of interesting new articles in a certain topic, taken from all major journals:

http://www.google.com/search?q=virtual+journal [google.com]

If you don't have access to these journals, you can only read the abstracts, though.

Mod Parent Up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15917799)

One of the best tips in this discusssion. At least, I had never heard of 'virtual journals'.

BadScience (2, Informative)

jeremymiles (725644) | more than 8 years ago | (#15917330)

Not exactly what you asked for, but Bad Science [badscience.net] has some great criticism of science reporting in the news - tends to have a UK slant, which might put you off.

Many of the commenters seem to know what they are talking about as well. (Just like another website we could mention.)

The best of both worlds (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 8 years ago | (#15917713)

So you want all the facts, without having to read them?

SciTech Daily Review (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15917815)

http://www.scitechdaily.com/ [scitechdaily.com]

This site links to a huge cornucopia of science articles. Check it out.

There is a similar site for arts: Arts & Letters Daily at http://www.aldaily.com/ [aldaily.com]

"Degree in Literary Criticism" (1)

kalidasa (577403) | more than 8 years ago | (#15917954)

There is so far as I know no institution in the US that offers a degree in literary criticism; there are degrees in English, English Literature, Comparative Literature, French (or any $LANGUAGE) Language and Literature, and occasionally at the wackier schools "Literary Studies" or Literary Theory, but not "literary criticism" - indeed, literary criticsm in its traditional sense has been largely neglected over the past generation. The first page of a Google search for "degree in literary criticism" reveals a university in Italy offerring a degree in philology and literary criticism and a number of institutions that offer courses in literary criticism, but not degrees. So, for the most part, your use of that term reveals that your attitude reflects your ignorance.

Moreover, most "science journalists" have undergraduate degrees in the sciences or in journalism, not literary studies. Yes, their scientific literacy is often grotesquely inadequate, but that is the fault of their science teachers, not their "literary criticism" teachers. And I am here to tell you that their general literacy and literary skills aren't much better - a very good literary critic usually wouldn't make the same kinds of fundamental errors in transmission to which the average science journalist seems prone, and would not have so atrocious a writing style as they so often have.

Perhaps your teachers have inculcated the degree of "Two Cultures" chauvinism you're displaying so crudely in this "Ask Slashdot" posting, or perhaps you've picked it up from your classmates. I'd suggest, though, that you keep your own counsel about "literary criticism" - it is in its own way, when utilized by a skilled practitioner (and most of those with degrees in English do not qualify as such), a very useful and methodologically rigorous practice. Dismiss popularization all you want, but keep the disciplinary prejudice out of it.

That said, you can't go wrong subscribing to Science and Nature (though I have to admit that I am getting discouraged with Nature's editorial stance lately regarding peer review and editorial oversight) and especially by keeping an eye on ArXiv.org.

PhysOrg (1)

Damek (515688) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918772)

What, no love for PhysOrg [physorg.com] ? OK, someone did mention it [slashdot.org] , but it bears repeating. A nice all-in-one stop for actual science news, from across the spectrum.

New Scientist (1)

foniksonik (573572) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918955)

New Scientist.com Latest News [newscientist.com] is a great page, the site's okay too... but too many subscription only articles these days.

Physical Review Focus (1)

MythMoth (73648) | more than 8 years ago | (#15919476)

Just to add another site to the many good ones already listed:

http://focus.aps.org/ [aps.org]

Science Daily is not bad either (1)

BenoitGirard (927897) | more than 8 years ago | (#15919916)

I've not read all the previous comments but, in case it was not mentioned, here's the link to http://www.sciencedaily.com/
which I consult occasionally to find good reading material on science.

There is a companion site, Arts & Letters Daily, at http://aldaily.com/ which cover the world of ideas, humanities and literature which is also very nourishing, for those who sometimes come up for air from the deeps of tech.

Enjoy.

And you're asking Slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15920615)

Slashdot is well known for posting article summaries incorporating the wow factor, linked to articles from popular mass media news sources which are written at a fourth grade reading level. What makes you think people here have a clue?

Technology Research News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15922138)

I skimmed the posts and didn't see anyone posting http://www.trnmag.com/ [trnmag.com] . Just take a look at the front page and a few of the previous issues and you'll know if it's for you or not. I love this site.

European science news (1)

tan130 (995800) | more than 8 years ago | (#15924893)

http://alphagalileo.org/ [alphagalileo.org] - a good source of science news. It is free and mostly based on press-releases from research organisations around Europe as far as Russia. The only inconviniance is that you neen registeration to see news.
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