If you are a Science enthusiast(Read: Geek) like me then you’ll probably have a Nerd-gasm after reading this. We all know that the Internet is a treasure trove of all things good, bad and sometimes very weird but science is the one subject that gives you all three and makes you a tiny bit more knowledgeable that you were previously. If you are the sort of person who watched Discovery channel and NatGeo when you were a kid and still do, here is a map to all things science in every single format possible.
Let us start with the biggest social media platform available on the internet. Facebook is not just for sharing cat pictures and your intentionally ambiguous words of wisdom, sometimes you can learn something while you are stalking somebody. There are hundreds of Facebook pages that are dedicated toward science but some of them stand out because of the content and for the quirky humor.
When Elise Andrew, a biology student from the University of Sheffield in England created a Facebook page out of boredom and humorously named it “I fucking love science“, she would have never imagined the heights the page would reach. In the one year that the page has existed, it has garnered a whopping 4.2 million fans.
What is life without a little controversy, if you are looking to pick a fight or spew some righteous anger, “Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science” page is just for you. Initiative by the famous Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawking and like-minded individuals, this page gives you the latest in the skirmishes by and against science. Religion, Politics, you name it… they are fighting against it in the name of science.
Biologist With a Twist, Hubble Space Telescope and Evolution are some other Facebook pages that are worth mentioning.
Let us now move on to the twitter-verse, this is a world of one liners, short-links and possibly an image. This is also a world of personalities, so I am giving you an Astrophysicist, a couple of biologists and a group of people who are looking for aliens.
First up is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, if you do not know who he is, I am sorry to say that you have not traveled the Internet universe well enough. He gives you useful facts and sometimes great pickup lines.
Dinosaurs pre-date the evolution of flowers. So on Valentine's Day the best they could do is hand each other a bunch of ferns
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 14, 2013
Next up are the evolutionary biologists,
Dr. Richard Dawkins has always something interesting to say and its always fun to watch him argue with some nut-job who thinks evolution is a hoax.
"If you're the most intelligent person in the room . . . you're in the wrong room." James D Watson.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 14, 2013
Our next biologist is an Ex-ballerina and easy on the eyes. She also hosts some shows that you definitely want to watch.
Did you know that a group of meerkats is called a "mob"? Quite apt, I think
— Carin Anne Bondar (@carinbondar) March 14, 2013
You will definitely want to know when we make first contact. Tune in to The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence for the latest news about heavenly bodies and to know if the martians choose send us an SMS.
Learning together: A chemical analysis instrument that could detect a single amino acid in a gram of Martian soil. http://t.co/vhpTrsjMAF
— The SETI Institute (@SETIInstitute) March 5, 2013
YouTube is my favorite place to get a quick fix and the great thing is that you don’t even have to read! YouTube is one of the greatest platform to exhibit you creativity and talent and some channels in YouTube have utilized this to a near perfection. The production value and the effort that is put into making these videos are just staggering considering the fact that they are absolutely free. All you have to do is spend at the most half an hour a day. Here are some of the must subscribe to channels.
CrashCourse – This is an educational venture started by the Green brothers, Hank and John Green. This channel is not just informative, it is actually educational, like text book educational but a lot more fun.
SciShow – Hosted by Hank Green, this show brings you the latest in all branches of science. From Astronomy to Geology, from Rocket Science to Biology, Everything is reported here.
The Brain Scoop – Hands down, this is the most amazing educational channel in all of YouTube. Hosted by Emilie Graslie from the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum on the University of Montana campus, a perfect mix of biology, anatomy and humor, this is a must subscribe. If you are not convinced, hear this; they gut a Teddy Bear to explain the working of the heart on valentine’s day! But Fair warning, some of the things on this channel are graphic and you will need a strong stomach. Dare to proceed?
Some other YouTube channels to subscribe,
Yes, the level of laziness has been slowly increasing from reading big Facebook posts to reading Twitter one-liners to just watching videos and has peaked. You don’t even have to open your eyes anymore, we have science radio.
Dr. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist in the city college of New York, hosts a radio show called “Explorations” in which he discusses scientific ideas and theories which are relevant to the contemporary times, he also interviews leading experts in every fields on their ideas and theories. A very informative and stimulating radio program to listen to when you want to rest your eyes.
Whatever you do, Don’t miss this. StarTalkRadio is hosted the one and only Dr.Neil deGrasse Tyson along with some of the funniest comedians there are. Somehow they got the mix right and the rest is history. they talk about all things space, answer your doomsday queries and explore the universe. Tyson interviews some very interesting people on the way, which are available in the Nerdist YouTube channel for your viewing pleasure.
5. Science & Technology Blogs
Whatever format of information flow the new age ushers upon us, nothing can beat the classic idea of blogging( yeah, blogging has become classic now!). Here are some Science and Technology blogs that you should checkout regularly to stay on top of the game.
Phil Plait – Bad Astronomer. His punch line tells it all, ‘The entire Universe in Blog form’. This is your one stop shop for all the latest in astronomy. Whatever it may be, an asteroid or water on mars, this guy is in the details and the analysis.
io9.com is all about entertainment and futuristic tech. Some times they come out with some wicked articles! A must checkout site.
And we here at Durofy.com are always looking to serve you the latest news on science and technology in the most awesomest(That’s not really a word) way possible.
Finally, Some “scientific facts” with a generous load of humor, one of the episodes of ‘True facts with ZeFrank’, Enjoy!
Wow, It’s overwhelming with information. Nice style of writing
Well, you don’t have to take it all in at once, you can always bookmark it and try one at a time. :-)