On the World Around Us: A Sampling of Science Blogs

From thoughtful commentary on the history of science to an entertaining blend of science and humor, these blogs have very distinct approaches to science but have one thing in common: a driving curiosity about the world around us.

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We love writers who are constantly curious — asking questions, digging deeper, and always learning about the world around us. Here are some science bloggers to add to your reading list:

The Renaissance Mathematicus

The self-proclaimed “aging freak” at Renaissance Mathematicus writes about the history, philosophy, and mythology of science in the early modern period (roughly the fifteeth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries) — and focuses on the mythology of science in particular, exposing and exploding these myths. For a taste, consider the recent posts on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s remake of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

Why? Because Science.

The blogchild of witty science writer Thea Beckman, Why — Because Science is a refreshing space for science writing. Thea, who has a background in atmospheric science, injects humor and personality in her posts — take a look at “The Sky Is Only Sometimes Blue,” in which she illustrates a discussion of light, energy and sound waves, and the colors of the sky with images of a surfing goat and Joan Rivers. (Be sure to browse her Sciencey LOL of the Week posts to get quick, entertaining doses of science, meme-style.)

Mind Hacks

Mind Hacks is the blog of Tom Stafford and Matt Webb — authors of the book of the same name — as well as guest authors publishing commentary on trends in neuroscience and psychology. A few popular posts include “Do blind people hallucinate on LSD?” and “The strange-face-in-the-mirror illusion,” among many others. The Linkage category, which rounds up current stories in the field, is also worth following if you keep up with news on the mind and brain.

Puff the Mutant Dragon

Puff the Mutant Dragon is the personal blog of an analytic chemist in the biotech industry. The recent takedown of the blogger behind Food Babe is an engaging piece on misinformation and the toxins in your tea; while the discussion of the compound spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River approaches the topic for readers with not much background in science.

Looking for more blogs about science? Browse the latest posts tagged with science in the Reader, or narrow your search by following specific topics like chemistry, biology, astronomy, neuroscience, and more.


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  1. Ms. Roberts

    Very cool. I am working on a science blog myself called “The Other Science Blog” combining humor and science.

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  2. Andrew Seal

    Thanks Cheri. Lots to explore. The header with coloured flasks is a wonderful photo.

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  3. vivekpatel34

    As someone also writing a science blog, it’s nice to see another with humour injected into it, it’s a refreshing change to what I usually read and write

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  4. geoffers1

    Science blogs are brilliant. If people ever stop being curious then just what is the point?

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  5. georgelj

    This planet is the only home we have. Let all citizens work towards saving it for future generations.

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  6. Thea Beckman

    Oh wow! Thank you for the recognition. One thing I never anticipated when I started writing was the sheer number of “average” people who were as passionate about science as I am. To see the enquiring mind alive and kicking gives one hope for the human race :-)

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  7. T. Garcia

    This blog is right up my alley because I just wrote the first of several Theoretical Physics essays, although they contain no jokes. There may be some subtle puns, but they contain no-math solutions to the many mysteries about the physical nature of the universe. I explain the current solutions in Modern Physics and offer alternative ideas that to me stay closer to logical thinking in explaining where theory seems to have gone astray.

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  8. jomerod

    Thank you for such great effort in sharing science and humor.

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  9. neuroakn

    Great blogs. Scientific curiosity and inquiry go a long way in unravelling the many mysteries we have about the world around us.

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  10. bettingtipsng

    Science blogs are great. There’s nothing we do without a little bit of science.

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  11. trailerseternity

    Thanks for shining a spotlight on science blogs! You have done my insatiable curious mind a favor. One question…is there any science blog out there that specializes in explaining science through video? I understand science best when it is in visual format…:)

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  12. Tina Davidson

    Thanks for mentioning these blogs. I love learning about neuroscience!

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  13. Wayne

    Can you place the Science category on the front page for a couple of months, so we get better exposure?

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    • Cheri Lucas Rowlands

      At any given time, we display a variety of topics on Freshly Pressed (which is the closest thing we have to a “front page” showcase) — occasionally we feature a specific topic (ie, the Olympics or technology), and hopefully we can do more. Other than that, we have a science/tech category in Recommended Blogs. Thanks for your input.

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