Be in the know – 20 must follow feeds in the world of science

Whether you’re after scientific research facts, local events, or looking for fun, educational videos to help your child enjoy the wonders of space, then search no more. Our list of the top 20 science social media and websites will suit all tastes and levels. From serious science facts and stunning photography, to stimulating videos and slightly wacky stories, we’re sure there will be something here for experts, parents and children to enjoy.
 
NASA
Gorge on out-of-this-world, extraordinary images of distant galaxies and planets from spacecraft fly-bys, eclipses, views of Earth from space and close-ups of the International Space Station.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nasa/
 
Professor Brian Cox
Follow Professor Brian Cox for the latest highlights on astronomy and cosmology trends as well as insights into his work for @CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, the world’s largest particle physics lab.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProfBrianCox
 
Wired
Thought-provoking opinions on space, technology, physical and life science news and the way they’re changing our world.
Website: http://www.wired.co.uk/topic/science
 
European Space Agency
Take a visual journey to rocket launch sites, behind the scenes of forthcoming satellite launches, into the archives and finally ending with amazing, panoramic views of Earth from orbiting space satellites, including Hubble and ALMA. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeanspaceagency/


 
BBC Science News
News site that shares the latest global and UK science and technology developments, with an emphasis on cutting-edge research into health and lifestyle, environmental issues and space developments.
Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment and Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCScienceNews
 
Guardian Science
Opinions about new technologies and innovations and articles on how scientific research is bringing a better understanding of natural history, past civilisations, health and medicine.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/guardianscience
 
Science Magazine
Podcasts, research papers and reports on the environment, natural world and all areas of science to stimulate, provoke and challenge curious minds!
Website: http://www.sciencemag.org/news and Twitter: https://twitter.com/sciencemagazine
 
Phys.org
A one-stop shop for the latest life, earth and physical sciences and technology news, including trends in engineering, electronics and nanotechnology.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/physorg_com
 
New Scientist
Well-known for putting the spotlight on what’s new in the science arena; from using artificial intelligence in art, nature and evolution, to the latest trends in physiology and space exploration.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/newscientist
 
Science Sparks
Hands-on, exciting science experiments and play-based activities for families with budding scientists and for schools to excite, inspire and amaze children.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScienceSparks
 
National Geographic
A visual cornucopia of beautiful and intriguing geographical, landscape and cultural photographs from around the world.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natgeo/

Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio On this day (6th February 1959) Jack Kilby, working for Texas Instruments, filed for a patent for the first integrated circuit, which was granted as U.S. Patent 5 years later. Kilby had recorded his inspiration by writing "The following circuit elements could be made on single slice: resistors, capacitor, distributed capacitor, transistor" and put these on a silicon wafer. Kilby went on to pioneer military, industrial and commercial applications of microchip technology. He headed teams that built both the first military system and the first computer incorporating integrated circuits. Here photographed a circuit board on the end of a robot arm in a tape storage facility at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, Bruyères-le-Châtel, near Paris, France. The CEA conducts fundamental and applied research into many areas, including the design of nuclear reactors, nuclear weapons, the manufacturing of integrated circuits, the safety of computerised systems, etc. It utilises one of the top 100 supercomputers in the world, the Tera-100, and is currently building the Tera 1000 to supersede it. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material @simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #data #computer #ycomputers #technology #supercomputers #scientificresearch #fineartphotography #lensculture #visualarchitects #circuitboards #microelectronics #computerscience Image: @simonnorfolkstudio Words: @tribaleye

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Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki
Australian scientist and BBC 5 Live ‘Up all night’ regular, Dr. Karl gives witty, quick explanations to answer tricky every day and world science questions, such as how efficiently dogs pant, why bees are dying and what is a gut bacteria’s recovery time?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DoctorKarl 
 
Science News
Covers all areas of science with thought-provoking technology reviews, interesting features and current news articles written to inform and educate.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScienceNews
 
Ask a mathematician
A great online resource that gives in-depth, well-researched explanations to mathematical conundrums and difficult physics questions.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AAMAAP
 
The Daily Galaxy
Fascinated by the mysteries of space, distant galaxies and the possible existence of alien life? The Daily Galaxy compiles an engrossing mix of global research news into solar systems, ancient civilisations, evolution and artificial intelligence.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dailygalaxy
 
It’s OK to be smart
Light-hearted and entertaining, Dr. Joe Hanson posts lively, short videos on his popular YouTube channel (he has almost 2 million subscribers) tackling a wide range of questions on scientific and daily life topics.
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/itsokaytobesmart
 
How Stuff Works
Well-organised US news stream based on topical themes such as science and engineering news, environmental science, forces of nature and space, including the myths and the facts.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HowStuffWorks and website: https://science.howstuffworks.com/
 
Physics Central
Educational news feed by the American Physical Society to share up to the minute goings-on in physics, who’s doing what and explain how things work.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhysicsCentral
 
BBC Ideas
Thought-provoking short videos for inquisitive minds on a wide range of topics including how one woman transformed Alzheimer’s research, the visionary behind virtual reality and how humans will have evolved in 100 years’ time.
Website: https://www.bbc.com/ideas/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcideas
 
Science Oxford
A one-stop shop for finding out about science-inspired school, family and public events across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including school of wizardry clubs and the science of beer workshops. Also, links to @Famelab, a global competition to find the world’s most talented new STEM communicators.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/scienceoxford 

 
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