Best Science Blogging of the Year

By Sean Carroll | May 30, 2011 10:59 am

Okay we’re a little late with this, so be quick if you want to participate: it’s time for the Quark, the 3quarksdaily annual prize for science blogging. The deadline for nominations is tomorrow (Tuesday) night, so hurry up and nominate if you are so moved! This year’s judge is Lisa Randall — great to see a top-notch physicist in there.

Part of the process involves a vote by readers, which I think is something that just doesn’t work on the internet. Bloggers with large followings and sufficient shamelessness to prod them into voting will always dominate over the negligible number of readers who actually read every post and try to make a fair decision. But so be it — it’s not stopping me from nominating one of my own posts! (I can’t imagine that anyone else keeps track of all the science blogging I’ve done over the last year.) But it would be great if the winner came from one of the other awesome bloggers out there. Just to pick a few semi-randomly, let me steer potential nominators to have a look at some of my favorite blogs:

Sorry to all the great blogs I’m not including, this isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list. If you think I’m missing something, go nominate it! And then upbraid me in the comments here for my lack of fairness and good taste.

And while we’re on the subject, Open Lab 2011 is also open for nominations. This is an ongoing process through 2011, so there’s no hurry — keep your eyes peeled for good blogging out there. Many submissions will be chosen to be collected into a published anthology, and this year they have a serious publisher — Scientific American Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The editor will be the lovely and talented Jennifer Ouellette, so being included carries an extra cachet this year.

  • Dr. SkySkull

    Wow — Thanks for the shout-out, Sean! :)

  • Chris Lindsay

    Another vote for Skulls in the Stars. Not only a great science blog, but also has some great posts that combine fiction and science. And the science facts that are posted every week are fantastic as well.

  • Peter Coles

    Many thanks for the honorable mention! I won’t win, though… đŸ˜‰

  • Charlie C

    I nominate a relatively new blog —


    John Baez is actually trying to do something about “saving the world” by means of some serious science. This is becoming an important central clearing-house for facts, and also a place where one can participate in significant research.

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About Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] .


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