Websites that give science news

 
Published: Monday 30 September 2002

Scidev.net is an exception to the internet rule book on science reportage. It makes news out of the science research in developing world. It's hard to find science news from this part of the world. Leave it to the pundits to ponder on why that's so and go to newswise.com, it's simply the fastest off the block to release science news (very often press releases from universities and institutions), though predominantly US-based. One can subscribe to the mail list as well.

But the two sites that pack a punch of analysis with the news are the newscientist.com and nature.com journal's e-updates - they remain the staple diet of all science addicts. Nature is arguably one of the best journals around. Newscientist, on the other hand, is the best pop version available. Both are selective on what they call science news and what's worth e-space. Well endowed with resources they pepper text with enough blank space and visuals to look appealing.

Some newspapers and news agencies from across the globe dedicate space to science news - but far too little and usually with a fat dollop of the sugar science of caffeine, addiction and broken hearts trigger reaction to what appeared elsewhere. Nevertheless bbc.co.uk and nytimes.com and nandotimes.com make for a fair reading.

Then a host of science digests give hyper linked headlines to science news appearing elsewhere. You have to sift through the cluttered text usually to get what you want but they are a good deal if you want to just know a byte of everything. Check out sciencedaily.com and artigen.com/ newswire/scitech.html.

But make scitechdaily.com your favourite underdog. It is a hybrid between a news digest releasing hyperlinked headlines and an e-magazine generating news. Lacking its own resources, it editorialises the headlines for the reader before leading to the portals where the news actually sits.

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