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50 Social Sites for Science Students, Researchers and Professionals

These networks, blogs, and other social sites were created by scientists, for scientists. So no matter which field you’ve chosen, you’ll find something here to meet your academic needs.


Stay connected with other science lovers and professionals by checking into these sites daily.

  1. A collaborative network site designed for scientists by scientists.
  2. Epernicus: Epernicus is the professional network for scientists, started at Harvard and MIT.
  3. Lalisio: Lalisio is the leading social knowledge network connecting people with knowledge of every kind.
  4. Project Bamboo: Bamboo is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, and inter-organizational effort that brings researchers together.
  5. Ologeez: A scholarly search site to learn, discuss, and connect with academics, professionals and colleagues.
  6. Laboratree: A place for experimentation, investigation, observation, collaboration, and anything else related to science.
  7. SciLink: Find, connect, and share with over 5.8 million other scientists in the SciLink network.
  8. ResearchGATE: ResearchGATE is a scientific network that connects researchers. Find research partners, collaborate with scientists and explore journal articles.
  9. Make science easier: Organize, search, and store your paper collection and lab protocols. Find new papers, manage your lab, and connect with others.
  10. Nature Network: Connecting scientists worldwide, with blogs, forums, and groups. Social networking for scientists. From the publishers of Nature.


These blogs overflow with insight, research, and opinions from some of science’s most brilliant, educated, and sometimes zany, minds.

  1. Scitechnet(sm): This site is devoted to documenting online social networking services in science and technology.
  2. Pharyngula: Evolution, development, and biological opinions from an atheist’s view.
  3. 60+ bloggers selected on the basis of their originality, insight, talent, and dedication provide up-to-date coverage of their different scientific fields.
  4. Common Knowledge: John Wilbanks blogs about intellectual property in the field of science.
  5. Guilty Planet: How to save the earth (kind of).
  6. A Vote for Science: A group blog that focuses on the politics of science.
  7. Scientist, Interrupted: A blog about an evolutionary biology, ornithology, and aviculture.
  8. Zooilogix: Two brothers blog their love for animals.
  9. Neurotopia: For the "scicurious." This blog is maintained by three postdoctorate neuroscientists.
  10. Science Women: This blog is dedicated to the women in science and engineering, past, present, and future.
  11. ScienceInsider: Breaking news and analysis from the world of science policy.
  12. Origins: A Science Mag blog about the origin of the universe, from a mostly Darwinian/evolutionary perspective.
  13. Deltoid: Tim Lambert, a computer science guru, doesn’t only blog about computer science, he looks into news from all scientific fields and shares his sometimes blatant opinion with his readers.
  14. All of My Faults are Stress Related: This geology professor’s blog posts are as interesting and fun as the blog’s playful title.
  15. Genetic Future: Take a look at the most basic and fascinating level of the human body, cellular genetics.
  16. Not Exactly Rocket Science: Science for everyone. This blog is award-winning science writer Ed Yong’s attempt to make the latest scientific discoveries interesting to everyone by beating jargon, confusion and elitism with the stick of good writing.
  17. SciencePunk: UK-based science blogger Frank Swain digs into science as it relates to Generation Y.
  18. Photo Synthesis: The best science photographs on the Web.
  19. Drug Monkey: Two biomedical researchers share their stories about work, life, and developments in the drug research field.
  20. Aardvacheology: Swedish Archeolgist Martin Rundkvist ponders the meaning of life and shares both his wisdom and photography on this one-of-a-kind blog.


Get help on any assignment or project, from cellular biology to extrasolar exploration.

  1. COS: Community of Science is the leading international resource for medical, health related, and scientific research funding information and opportunities.
  2. Natioinal Research Council: The National Research Council (NRC) functions under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
  3. This government Web site searches over 40 databases and 1950 selected websites, offering more than 200 million research and development results.
  4. US LTER Network: The Long Term Ecological Research Network is a collaborative effort involving more than 1800 scientists and students investigating ecological processes.
  5. Mind & Life Research Network: This network is a project of the Mind and Life Institute; it fosters multidisciplinary communication about scientific research on meditation and other contemplative practices.
  6. Closer to Truth: This site has great links and information for nearly any type of scientific research.
  7. Public Library of Science: The PLOS promotes free access to the world’s scientific & medical literature.
  8. National Science Digital Library: The NSDL was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support research.
  9. Seed: This popular scientific magazine’s Web site says the organization "aims to tell the fundamental story of our world today and to provide information and knowledge to help you prepare for the story tomorrow."
  10. Popular Science: Browse the archive pages of this longstanding publication, and you’re bound to find what you’re looking for, and more.


Do you wake up every day wondering what scientific developments happened while you were sleeping? Grab your morning cup of coffee and stay tuned into these great news sites:

  1. SciCentral: This is the gateway to the world’s best science news sources.
  2. Science News: Everything science, every day.
  3. Science Daily: Breaking science news and articles on today’s biggest scientific issues and debates.
  4. NYT Science: Find breaking science news and multimedia on biology, space, the environment, health, NASA, weather, and more.
  5. News Scientist: Weekly science and technology news magazine. Includes articles from the current issue and collections of past articles on selected areas of importance.
  6. Science/AAAS: Today’s headlines, dedicated to scientists and engineers.
  7. Science@NASA: Just for astronomers, aerospace engineers, and other solar system lovers.
  8. Sci-Tech Today: Read news and find research articles here about: space, discovery, the environment, digital life, computing, health, and innovation.
  9. Nature News: The news of global climate change, plus the implications for the economy, policy and society.
  10. Science News for Kids: Science educators might find this site particularly helpful; it contains science projects, experiments, puzzles, games, and more.

September 28th, 2009 written by Staff Writers

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