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Where to get science news

Updated 8-14-2020.  Let me know if any wonderful publications are left out of this informally assembled list. Scroll down for links to forums.

Aeon ("a sanctuary online for serious thinking")
Ars Technica
Cosmos (the science of everything)
Ag Insider (Food and Environment Reporting Network)
Cosmos
Discover
Environmental Health News (EHN, publisher of several newsletters: (Above the Fold, The Daily Climate, Good News, Plastic Pollution, Children’s Health, Energy & Health, Science Saturday, The Weekend Reader, Population Weekly, Pittsburgh Weekly)
Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN, publishes Ag Insider)
Food Dive (See also BioPharma Dive, Construction Dive, Education Dive, Healthcare Dive, MedTech Dive, Restaurant Dive, Smart Cities Dive, Social Media Today, Utility Dive, Waste Dive)
GreenBiz Featured columns. See also webcasts and Video
JSTOR
Massive Science (New science stories every week, written by scientists themselves)
Mosaic Longform stories about science and health. (Closed 12-10-19). No longer publishing but archive still available under Creative Commons license.
National Geographic Magazine
Nature (an esteemed and heavily cited science journal)
Nautilus (each issue on a special topic, backed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
New Scientist (realistic news reporting, from UK)
Newswise
Politico
Pro Publica (Journalism in the Public Interest)
Quanta Magazine (Oxford)
Retraction Watch (tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process). See Retraction Watch FAQ, including Comments policy.
Science (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Reports on scientific research.
Science Daily
Science Journalism Resources (Science Literacy Project)
Science News (Society for Science & Society, short articles about new scientific and technical developments--independent journalism since 1921)
Scientific American (for nonscientists who love science)
SciShow (Complexly, video). Click on "Our Shows" to find PBS EONS and other informative video channels.
STAT (inside news about health and medicine, free online) and STAT Plus (Exclusive analysis of biotech, pharma, and the life sciences, for paid subscribers only)
STAT: The Readout (what’s new in biotech). Sign up for the newsletter.
Toolkit (World Federation of Science Journalists)
Twitter (follow your favorite writers and, by hashtag, subjects. Ivan Oransky gets text-message alerts for when his favorite people (with a high "signal-to-noise ratio") post.
Undark "Truth, Beauty, Science." (exploring science as a "frequently wondrous, sometimes contentious, and occasionally troubling byproduct of human culture")
Twitter feed, National Association of Science Writers (NASW)
The Upshot (analytical journalism, often with graphics, from the New York Times)
Verification Handbook (A guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage)
Wired (for tech geeks and occasionally those of us merely curious about computer stuff)

 

Also of interest:
Where journalists get their medical news and information (Pat McNees, a separate blog post on this site)
The 15 Best Science Websites for News, Research, and Features (Elysium Health, Endpoints, 9-22-17) Excellent brief descriptions of top science magazines and websites.
How Americans Get Science News and Information (Cary Funk, Jeffrey Gottfried and Amy Mitchell, Pew Research Institute, 9-20-17)
How Do Science Writers Get Their Stories? (Council for the Advancement of Science Writing)
Ten Websites Supporting Science Journalism (Association for Science in Autism Treatment) Read ASAT's notes about these resources and others:
---Journalist's Resource (Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy)
---The Open Notebook
---The Poynter Institute
---SciDevNet (a nonprofit 'news analysis' organization that provides information about science and technology for equitable, sustainable development and poverty reduction: "Bringing science & development together through news & analysis")
---Showcase (Council for Advancement of Science Writing, or CASW)
---Tip Sheets for Science Journalism (Science Literacy Project)

Online scientific forums (or fora), as recommended in a NASW discussion:
Biology online
Biology Stack Exchange (one of many StackExchange sites)
BIOSCI/Bionet (used by biological scientists worldwide)
BioStars (Bioinformatics, explained)
ResearchGate
ScienceForums.net, with its subforums, such as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
By all means, check out the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).

Are there others?  Let me know.

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