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Keeping up to Date with Green Science: for the Non-scientist, as Well as Those with a Science Background

If you like to keep up with green science (and who doesn’t?) these are the top three popular science magazines – listed in order of accessibility:

New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/

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Scientific American http://www.scientificamerican.com/sciammag

Nature http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html

All of these magazines have very informative and user friendly websites where you can read them online (they would prefer it if you also subscribed!). They also have online chat about topics. You can also find hard copies at your local library.

Reading Science Magazines

Nature is the hardest to read (for a non-scientist). It is also peer reviewed – which means that scientists from a similar area have read and assessed the articles research standards and scientific reasoning. New Scientist and Scientific American are not peer reviewed – although there are sometimes lively peer debates in the letters columns.

Some words of caution:

1. New theories are just that: theories. Some are good, some are not. Some turn out to be true in practice, others do not, or they need tweaking.

2. Research which is not peer reviewed has not had its research standards and scientific reasoning assessed by scientists from a similar background.

3. Many inventions will progress and be implemented, many others will not – today’s science article is not always tomorrows reality.

Green Science Magazines for Children

CSRIO publishes two children's magazines:

Scientrific for children aged 7+ http://www.csiro.au/resources/ScientrifficMain.html The Helix for children aged 10+ http://www.csiro.au/resources/The-Helix-Main.html

Depending on the child's reading ability, they may also enjoy dipping into New Scientist etc.

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