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10 Websites to Find Out the Latest Scientific Breakthroughs

Updated on January 7, 2013

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If Science is a religion to you, it would be imperative for you to keep up with all the latest breakthroughs being made in different fields. I won't waste your time with Discovery News and National Geographic as I'm sure all of you are well aware of both these magazines and the fact that they have superlative websites to visit.

This hub is an attempt to bring together a list of sites that are not very commonly known but have a wealth of information to offer the science trivia junkie. This is a list of websites that offer you the news, views and latest breakthroughs in many sub fields of science.

1. The Daily Galaxy

To read about the latest black hole discovery or see fabulous photos of Saturn's rings, this is the website that you need to visit for outer space trivia and information.

Read about distant dwarf galaxies or seek out primitive stars from the early universe on this website. They have absolutely fabulous photos and get updates regularly.

As they say on their website - "The Daily Galaxy is built on the vision that science, space exploration, and the environment and their expression in news, film, video, and events will dominate popular culture in the 21st century."

2. Science Daily

The website offers latest research news in a multitude of scientific fields. You can look at the different categories for news and in depth articles that may interest you the most. the categories include Health & Medicine, Mind & Brain, Plants & Animals, Earth & Climate, Space & Time, Matter & Energy, Computers & Maths and Fossils & Ruins.

The website which stated in 1995 is one of the Internet’s most popular science news web sites. It is used by students, teachers, researchers, healthcare professionals, government agencies and the general public.

As per the website - "ScienceDaily generates nearly 15 million page views a month and is steadily growing in its global audience. Updated several times a day with breaking news and feature articles, seven days a week, the site covers discoveries in all fields of the physical, biological, earth and applied sciences."

3. Astronomy Picture of the Day

This site is run by NASA and provides breathtaking pictures of the Cosmos, the Solar System, the Sky, Space Technology and People in Space. You can search through its indexed pages for a specific picture that you may want to see or just head over to the picture of the day to see the latest offering from NASA.

The educational links page on the site provides you with great resources to use in the classroom. As the site says - "What follows is a list of resources that excel in astronomy education. Each resource is distinctly different - they have been chosen to highlight a wide range of interests."

4. PhysOrg

The site publishes close to a hundred new articles each day on various aspects of science and technology news. They use language that the lay man would be able to understand easily and are not too heavy on the technical words. They have a large team of managing editors that replies to comments made by readers on the articles and blog posts.

As per the website it is a leading web-based science, research and technology news service which covers a full range of topics. These include physics, earth science, medicine, nanotechnology, electronics, space, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics and other sciences and technologies.

5. Scientific American

Most of you would have read a printed edition of this magazine, but you may not know that the magazine also has a comprehensive website that gives a lot of interesting reading material for you to access online.

The printed version was first published in 1845 and has been continuously published ever since in the last 165 years.144 Nobel Prize Scientists have contributed 234 articles to the magazine.The US edition of the magazine is headquartered in New York.

As per the website it is - "The leading source and authority for science, technology information and policy for a general audience. 14 local language editions worldwide, including the U.S. edition of Scientific American, read in more than 30 countries, with a worldwide audience of more than 5 million people."


Again a printed magazine with an online presence. This site is all about popular science news. It deals with gadgets, cars, technology, DIY, and science topics. If you want to know the latest about smartphones, live TV, video games, hybrid vehicles, electrical cars, robots, space, engineering and DIY hacks this this the site for you. You can even customize it to keywords that interest you.

As per the site - "Popular Science has been a leading source of science and technology news since its inception way back in 1872. first came online in 1999, and in 2008 we launched our biggest redesign yet: a new site built in Drupal that’s easy to navigate and chock-full of exciting daily content."

7. Nature News

If you are more environmentally concerned than technological bothered this is the site for you. the site deals with human handling of nature and its bounty in a non preachy manner. The give you the latest news in audio and video format as well.

As per the website it has two missions - "First, to serve scientists through prompt publication of significant advances in any branch of science, and to provide a forum for the reporting and discussion of news and issues concerning science. Second, to ensure that the results of science are rapidly disseminated to the public throughout the world, in a fashion that conveys their significance for knowledge, culture and daily life"

8. Wired

If you are looking for the latest product reviews on wired and unplugged devices this is the site for you. So if you want to know which is the best digital camera, gaming device, desktop, notebook, software application, mobile phone or anything related to such devices this needs to be your first stop.

They not only keep you abreast with the latest news they also have editors penning blogs on current topics. As per the site - "WIRED is the first word on how ideas are changing the world. Each month in the magazine and every day online, our editors deliver a glimpse into the future of business, culture, innovation, and science"

9. Gizmodo

As the name suggests the website deals with gizmos that have been released or may be coming out soon. The site talks about things like home theaters to iPhone 5. From star wars gizmos to real ones which you can buy.

You can discuss your favorite gadgets in the open forums or read up on the latest entertaining news articles on the site. And if you know something that others do not you can even send in a tip to the website and have it published.

10. Live Science

This is another popular science related site which has many sub categories. You can read up on Space, Animals, Health, Technology, Culture and even History. You can browse through popular topics, look at infographics, download wallpapers and see the latest countdowns.

Read about genes that can affect you or why a stem cell zoo may help us prevent extinction of species. See rare satellite photos and wonder what would have happened if NASA has not abolished the Apollo program. Another great site to get your daily science news and views fix.


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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      I like another one called "cracked" but it didn't have enough science stuff in it to make the list here.

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      juncolt 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info, the sites you mentioned would truly be additional input for me in gathering more knowledge about the world we live in.