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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Spotlight on a Website (7): New Scientist


New Scientist is an excellent magazine if you have any interest at all in science. I am sure we all like free stuff on the Internet and there is lots of free reading at the New Scientist site. Some stories will suddenly ask you to subscribe if you want to read on, of course, but that's fair enough. I really like the broad range of topics and the lightness of touch they often have with 'heavy' subjects. Their topic areas include Space, Technology, Health, Life, Physics and Society. You can register for free to get a newsletter and more access or subscribe for full access and 20 years of archived articles. Interestingly, one does not necessarily have to have a deep understanding of science to get great benefit and enjoyment from this source although sometimes you will find yourself out of your depth (probably). If you go to the site please let me know what you think. Happy reading!


bazza said...

I'm off to Devon on the south coast of England and will reply to comments (if there are any!) sometime next week.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I will check it out (although the year I spent in physics class was torture for me)and let you know what I think.

Have a great holiday and I hope you have some good weather.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Great spotlight, Bazza! Many fields of Science excite me - in a good way. Can't wait to take time out and really explore the sight.
It took me a while to comprehend the 'string theory' but I got it. Yet there are still many brain cells to exploit!
The neighbor couple across the street from me are Engineers and Astronomers... brilliant folk who go out of their way to help me not feel inadequate to understand the jargon. So I'm feeling better knowing this site you're spotlighting will help me.
Can somebody call Doctor Who? Doctor whooo?
Enjoy your travel.

David said...

Hi bazza,
I really like "popular" science, at least, that is, when I can understand it! So, I'll definitely be checking out the site you mention. I have a copy of Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" on my book shelf, but I'm afraid I've never read it! I did used to watch a lot of science programmes on the tele though. Unfortunately, due to illness, I once thought that I had solved the "Theory of Everything"! If only, eh bazza.
Hope you've had a great holiday.
Very Best Wishes,

klahanie said...

Hey bazza,
Sorry for the delay in commenting. Nothing like a bit of science to stir the imagination. And I concur, "New Scientist" is an excellent read.
And speaking of science and technology, I now have to somehow decipher the word and number identification to prove I'm not a robot. It's getting harder to make it out, bazza!
Enjoy your holiday in Devon and go easy on the cream.

Kelly said...

Very interesting site. so far, I've read the Mar's Blueberries" article but, really, there's so much more to learn about, in regards to the latest findings in science, technology and more on the site.

Personally, since I've had subscriptions to Discovery magazine, Popular Science and Popular mechanics in the past, plus my natural fascination with this genre, it was quite easy for me to understand most of what they explained.

I think you have to want to learn or else it will be difficult for you.

Take care, Bazza. Good job of finding such a find. :)

bazza said...

SO,AC: I hope that site won't be torture for you Arleen. It should be more like fun!
Thanks for the good wishes; we had a wonderful holiday and got lucky with the weather!

bazza said...

Dixie: I think that even your neighbours would be humiliated in the presence of Dr Who.
I always found string theory difficult but the New Scientist site is good a explaining difficult stuff in accessible terms!

bazza said...

David: Yes I also could not read that Hawking book. I think they brought out a 'coffee table' reader-friendly version. Much of my reading these days is 'Popular Science' especially genetics.
Keep trying with the Theory of Everything. It's what the scientific is waiting for!

bazza said...

Gary: Please don't apologise for not commenting sooner; it's always good to hear from you whenever you feel like it (or have something to say!)
I had a terrific time in Exmouth and Exeter, thanks.

bazza said...

Kezza: There is also a very good magazine published by the BBC called Focus which is aimed at the interested amateur but it might not be available over there (try:
Sure, you have to want to learn but that's understood. Anyone not interested simply won't go there!
I will be visiting you and Gary later!

Kelly said...

Sounds good, Bazza. I'll check out Focus, too. I don't think they sell that in the U.S. but I'm sure it's online.

bazza said...

Kezza: Good luck with that sir. I did visit your blog last night but your post was so 'heavy' I was exhausted after reading it! I will make a comment when I have an hour to spare :)

Kelly said...

Come on over when you can, Bazza

Botanist said...

Just noticed this post. I don't visit the site much, but I have for many years subscribed to the weekly magazine, which I still enjoy reading. Like you say, the articles are wide-ranging and written to be understood by non-specialists.

bazza said...

Botanist: Hello there. Would I be right in assuming, from your moniker, that you are a professional scientist? Of course, if one subscribes to the magazine you would only need to go online to find something in the archives.

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