It isn't hard to have a soft spot for science. It encompasses everything that's interesting: nature, the universe, our bodies, our history. Biologists, archeologists, and cosmonauts have come to attain a well-deseved celebrity status in our culture for their amazing feats of discovery. In just a few decades science has gone from being perceived as the somewhat stuffy realm of professionals to "popular," exciting and accessible to all.
The media has helped - particularly social media, which allows scientists and science publications to package their content in a way that appeals to the masses. What follows is a guide to some of the best science social feeds and pages on the Web.
Science on Twitter
NASA. Apart from tweeting real-life "Gravity" pictures during the Academy Awards, NASA posts a ton of pictures and videos from its missions as well as retweets its astronauts.
Brian Switek. Like dinosaurs and fossil hunting? Brian is your man. In addition to blogging for National Geographic and writing for such publications as Smithsonian.com, he's always posting interesting photos of his voyages into the Late Jurassic period.
WIRED Science. It's "news for your neurons" - along with interstellar dust clouds, new species, and fossilized ancient spider tracks.
Science on Instagram
NOAA Fisheries. Specializing in marine conservation, NOAA Fisheries posts incredible photos coupled with interesting aquatic animal facts.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Earth science has never been so beautiful.
The Weather Channel. This isn't the place to get the forecast, but you may come away with a new appreciation for even the coldest of days.
Ice Cream and Permafrost. Behind this feed is an archeologist/anthropologist named Jess who posts shots of carved ivory from Alaska, 500-year old knotted grass, and the things she sees en route to finding them.
Science on Tumblr
Scientific Illustration. Sometimes, drawings of scientific objects are even more amazing than photographs. See ancient species, animal skeletons, plants, insects, and more.
American Museum of Natural History. There are fantastic photos of exhibits here, but also links to articles about natural history, the (original) Big Bang Theory, and life under the sea.
Smithsonian Magazine. On its Tumblr Smithsonian Magazine posts a photo a day. I haven't seen one yet that isn't stunning.
ROMKids. This one is for the kids, though adults will enjoy it, too. It's the Tumblr page from Canada's Royal Ontario Museum and offers a behind-the-scenes look at exhibits galore. Think of it as a virtual museum tour. The museum just celebrated its centennial, so there's plenty to see.
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