Top 50 Blogs by Scientific Researchers

Posted by Samantha Reno on November 8, 2010

Scientific researchers need to keep notes. What better way to journal a journey into a specific scientific project than on a blog? While a reader may not find specific details about a science experiment, researchers can offer insights, news, trends and projects. These top 50 blogs by scientific researchers include individuals who focus on open source and open access, academia, projects funded by organizations and news produced by writers who research science.

CollegeAcademic Blogs

  1. BackRe(Action): Events on the world lines of two theoretical physicists, “from the horizon to timelike infinity.” Visit the site to learn more about their research interests.
  2. Byte Size Biology: An assistant professor at the Microbiology and Computer Science departments at Miami University, Ohio writes this blog.
  3. Exponential Book: This author is a theoretical condensed matter physicist, and does research and teaches physics at University of Alberta.
  4. Futurity: Read research news from top universities in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
  5. I Have The Power! Matthew J. Traum is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at the University of North Texas where his research focuses on the synergy of energy and nanotechnologies.
  6. It is NOT junk: Michael Eisen writes about genomes, DNA, evolution, open science, baseball and other important things.
  7. Observations of a Nerd: A PhD student studies fish population genetics and venom biochemistry and blogs about “scientific news, interesting biological phenomena, and adorable creatures.”
  8. Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference and Social Science: Columbia University Department of Statistics carries a blog that is filled with research information, links and musings.
  9. Successful Researcher: This private blog is a collection of academic career advice, “take it or leave it.”
  10. Survival Blog for Scientists: This blog is written by a wide variety of professors and students who teach, learn and conduct research.
  11. The Green Grok: Dr. Bill Chameides elucidates causes of and potential remedies for environmental change and identifies pathways towards a more sustainable future.

ResearchResearch Blogs

  1. Better Poster: This blog provides a resource for improving poster presentations in research projects.
  2. Developing Intelligence: Topics include developmental and computational cognitive neuroscience, comparative psychology, psychometrics, and artificial intelligence.
  3. Improve Your Learning and Memory: A semi-retired Professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University offers his views on learning and memory.
  4. Jon’s Morpholino musings: This blogger reports new applications and innovative techniques using “Morpholino antisense oligos.”
  5. Neurodudes: This blog is intended to be an open forum at the intersection of neuroscience and AI (Artificial Intelligence).
  6. P212121: The crystallographic community can share ideas at this blog, and shop for products such as EDTA Disodium Salt DihydrateEDTA Disodium Salt Dihydrate.
  7. PLoS Blogs: Get diverse perspectives on science and medicine through independent science and medicine bloggers together with the editors and staff who run these blogs.
  8. Research Blogging: This site carries blogs that cover topics from anthropology to social science. The blogs lead to sites that are about academic research.
  9. Research Information Network Blogs: A variety of blogs that provide comment and analysis on research information about a variety of topics, settings and tools.
  10. Science & Sensibility: This is a research blog about healthy pregnancy, birth and beyond.

ScienceOpen Access | Open Source

  1. BioMed Central: This is an open access publisher that is part of Open Access Central.
  2. EASE Journal Blog: This blog is a working tool used to contribute to different sections of the “European Science Editing,” a peer-reviewed journal of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE).
  3. Open Access Archivangelism: This heavily-cited blog is filled with information about self-archiving, publishing, data archiving and more, all developed through open access.
  4. Open Students: Student news from the OA movement: This blog is hosted by The Right to Research Coalition, and is focused on open access.
  5. Research Communications Strategy: This blog is funded by JISC to investigate strategic issues in research communications, including open source and open access.
  6. Ruby for Scientific Research: How to use Ruby with open-source software for scientific research.
  7. Science Commons Blog: This blog is supported by Science Commons, with a goal for building blocks to a new collaborative infrastructure to make scientific discovery easier by design.
  8. The OpenScience Project: The OpenScience project is dedicated to writing and releasing free and Open Source scientific software.
  9. The Open Source Paleontologist: Ramblings on the role of open source software and open access publishing in paleontology.
  10. Useful Chemistry: This blog chronicles the research of the UsefulChem project in the Bradley lab at Drexel University. They use Open Notebook Science with the actual detailed lab notebook located at usefulchem.wikispaces.com.

Academic JournalOrganizations, Businesses and Tools

  1. Alliance for Aging Research: Dan Perry is the President & CEO of the not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research in Washington, D.C.
  2. EurekAlert! EurekAlert! provides a central place through which universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, corporations and other organizations engaged in research can bring their news to the media.
  3. Foresight Institute: This blog examines transformative technology with intensity. Founded in 1986, Foresight was the first organization to educate society about the benefits and risks of nanotechnology.
  4. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Blogs: HHMI, a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States.
  5. Mendeley Research Blog: Mendeley is a research management tool for desktop & web. You can also explore research trends and connect to other academics in your discipline.
  6. Nature Precedings: This site connects thousands of researchers and provides a platform for sharing new and preliminary findings with colleagues on a global scale.
  7. Peace & Prosperity Through Science Collaboration: This blog is supported by CRDF Global, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration.
  8. Research Blog: The highest quality posts from the ResearchGATE community are aggregated to provide a reputable source for news, commentary, research and innovation.
  9. Science Business: This is an online news service created for researchers, administrators, business people, government officials, and observers interested in what it takes to convert scientific knowledge into marketable products and services.
  10. Seaplex: This blog is about the Seaplex expedition, learning more about the science of the ocean’s garbage patch, thanks to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

BrainOther Blogs

  1. 2020 Science: This is a a personal and “rather eclectic blog” focused on the interface between science, technology and society.
  2. Brain Mysteries: This blog attempts to sort and organize all of the “ideas,” research and discussion about the brain to one place.
  3. Central Science: Chemical and Engineering News publishes a variety of blogs with news about discoveries, reviews and jobs.
  4. Dynamic Patterns Research, Citizen Science: DPR supports the citizen scientist or anyone who is interested in exploring their creativity in science.
  5. Element List: Once merely a directory of science websites for scientists, students, and science aficionados, Element List has grown to add a blog and social networking capabilities.
  6. Not Exactly Rocket Science: This blogger covers breaking scientific discoveries in any field that interests this British science writer — his blog recently moved to Discover.
  7. Science 2.0: This is an “open science writing network” where researchers can dive into direct science outreach, ‘be journalists’ and make science writing as accurate as they would like.
  8. SEED Magazine: The culture and constant innovation of science naturally inspires the publishers of this Web blog to test and reinvent the ways to go about doing it.
  9. Where Science meets Pop Culture: Marc West was a University Medalist in Chemistry at Sydney University, and this is one of his award-winning blogs.

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