Science News

Science News

Magazine cover showing a brain-computer tool designed to help paralyzed patients walk.

Cover of the November 16, 2013 issue
Editor in Chief Eva Emerson
Former editors Tom Siegfried, Edwin Emery Slosson, Kendrick Frazier [Robert J. Trotter], [Joel Greenberg], [Jullie Ann Miller]
Categories Science
Frequency Bi-weekly
Publisher Elizabeth Marincola
First issue 1922
Company Society for Science & the Public
Country United States
Based in Washington, D.C.
Language English
ISSN 0036-8423

Science News is an American bi-weekly magazine devoted to short articles about new scientific and technical developments, typically gleaned from recent scientific and technical journals. Science News has been published since 1922 by Society for Science & the Public, a non-profit organization founded by E. W. Scripps in 1920. American chemist Edwin Slosson served as the publication's first editor. From 1922 to 1966, it was called Science News Letter.[1] The title was changed to Science News with the March 12, 1966 issue (vol. 89, no. 11).[2]

Tom Siegfried was a former editor from 2007-2012. In 2012, Siegfried stepped down, and Eva Emerson became the Editor in Chief of the magazine.

In April 2008, the magazine changed from a weekly format to the current biweekly format, and the website was also redeployed. The April 12 issue (Vol.173 #15) was the last weekly issue. The first biweekly issue (Vol.173 #16) was dated May 10 and featured a new design. The 4-week break between the last weekly issue and first biweekly issue was explained in the Letter from the Publisher (p. 227) in the April 12 issue.


The articles of the magazine are placed under "News":

The articles featured on the magazine's cover are placed under "Features". The departments that remain constant from issue to issue are:

Humorous Editorial style

While Science News conveys scientific facts, its headlines and articles often contain wry humor, pop-culture references, and colloquial phrases designed to draw the reader into the full story. Examples of catchy headlines and opening lines include:

See also


  1. Gillis, Anna Maria (March 1, 1997). "Looking Back: From News Wire to Newsweekly, 75 years of Science Service" (PDF). Science News. 151 (9): S10. doi:10.1002/scin.5591512706. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  2. "Science news". National Library of Australia online catalogue. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  3. Bower, Bruce (December 15, 2012). "Families in Flux". Science News. 182 (12): 16. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  4. Bower, Bruce (August 21, 2012). "Gene may boost effects of peer pressure". Science News. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  5. Bower, Bruce (June 30, 2012). "Stone Age art gets animated". Science News. 181 (12): 12. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  6. Milius, Susan (November 17, 2012). "Right eye required for finding Mrs. Right". Science News. 182 (10): 11. doi:10.1002/scin.5591821010. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  7. Milius, Susan (December 1, 2012). "Extensive bird family tree rewrites some history". Science News. 182 (11): 15. doi:10.1002/scin.5591821115. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  8. Milius, Susan (October 9, 2012). "Pulsing blob makes memories sans brain". Science News. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  9. Milius, Susan (September 26, 2012). "Vampire squid no Gordon Gekko". Science News. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  10. Milius, Susan (July 26, 2012). "Terminator termites have unique technique". Science News. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  11. Ehrenberg, Rachel (November 17, 2012). "Living longer comes easier". Science News. 182 (10): 10. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  12. Ehrenberg, Rachel (November 17, 2012). "Cancer cells executed by magnet". Science News. 182 (10): 8. doi:10.1002/scin.5591821005. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  13. Ehrenberg, Rachel (October 30, 2012). "Plastic fantastic seals in speeding projectiles". Science News. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  14. Ehrenberg, Rachel (February 2, 2008). "Cancer cells executed by magnet". Science News. 173 (5): 78. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  15. Witze, Alexandra (November 17, 2012). "Depths hold clues to dearth of xenon in air". Science News. 182 (10): 9. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  16. Witze, Alexandra (October 31, 2012). "How the Frankenstorm came to life". Science News. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  17. Witze, Alexandra (October 20, 2012). "Intraplate quakes signal tectonic breakup". Science News. 182 (8): 5. doi:10.1002/scin.5591820803. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  18. Lewis, Tanya (November 3, 2012). "Black mamba bite packs potent painkiller". Science News. 182 (9): 12. doi:10.1002/scin.5591820910. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  19. Lewis, Tanya (December 1, 2012). "Gulf Stream might be releasing seafloor methane". Science News. 182 (11): 12. doi:10.1002/scin.5591821110. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  20. Lewis, Tanya (December 15, 2012). "Rogue planet found among gang of stars". Science News. 182 (12): 8. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
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