The physics.org web awards
Welcome to the physics.org web awards 2010!
Back in September we set out on a quest to find the best physics sites on the web. We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who nominated and voted for your favourites, and to our many judges. But now it’s time to announce the winners!
Drum roll please…
Winner: Starts with a Bang
People's Choice winner: also Starts with a Bang
Theoretical physicist Ethan Siegel’s blog, Starts with a Bang, covers a plethora of topics from strange matter to why dinosaurs went extinct. Beautifully illustrated and full of humour, our judges and physics.org users agree: it’s the best popular physics blog out there.
- ‘Jam packed with interesting information’ – Gia Milinovich
- ‘Much to be admired here, especially Ethan’s knack of tackling subjects that leave many bewildered, and explaining them in straightforward language’ - Stuart Clark
Winner : Zooniverse
People's Choice winner: also Zooniverse
Part of the citizen science movement, Zooniverse allows enthusiastic amateurs to take part in data classification. Projects include classifying far-flung galaxies (Galaxy Zoo), spotting explosions on the Sun (Solar Stormwatch) and uncovering the Moon’s tumultuous history by counting its craters (Moon Zoo).
What our judges had to say about Zooniverse:
- ‘A great site for non-professionals to take part in serious scientific discovery.’ – Paul Millar
- ‘An engaging online experience that takes visitors beyond browsing and into genuine interaction – and without compromising on the science.’ – Sumit Paul-Choudhury
- ‘Great way to harness collaboration, sense of participating and making a difference.’ – Maggie Philbin
Best online magazine
Winner : PopSci
Whether you want to read about the latest gadget or peruse archived articles from 130 years ago, you can’t beat PopSci. Its fresh, entertaining take on science made it a clear winner for our judges.
What our judges had to say about PopSci...
- ‘The venerable Popular Science magazine (it's been publishing since the 1870s!) hasn't missed a beat’ – Meera Sethi
- ‘Fun, crisp page design that's easy to flip through (…). Best for procrastinating during the work day? Maybe!’ Maggie Philbin
- ‘Fun and versatile’ Jim Al-Khalili
People's Choice winner: Cosmos
The online companion to Australia’s Cosmos magazine is real treasure trove of science news, opinion, reviews and more.
Winner: Science Weekly
People's Choice winner: also Science Weekly
The Guardian’s Science Weekly provides an easily digestible round up of the latest science, with a generous helping of accessible physics. A delicate balance of playfulness and serious science made this podcast a hit with judges and physics.org users alike.
What our judges had to say about Science Weekly...
- ‘The gold standard of science podcasting’ – Tom Whyntie
- ‘Science Weekly has the gravity of Nature or Scientific American married with the easy chatty style of Radio 5 Live. (…) Science Weekly is the winner for me.’ – Gareth Mitchell
Best Q&A site
Winner: The Last Word
The ever popular last page of New Scientist magazine now has its very own website. This is the place to go to ask those niggling questions about everyday science, like why flies don’t knock themselves out when they hit a window pane or why crumpets shrink in the freezer.
- 'This website makes for absolutely captivating browsing!’ – Lewis Dartnell
- ‘Strong design, decent physics focus, easily accessible, intuitive ratings system’ – Lee Billings
People's choice winner: Physics Forums
Best kids' site
Winner: NASA Kids' Club
Ready for take-off? NASA Kids’ Club has an exciting range of games for budding astronauts. Offering games for different ages ensures the content is at just the right level.
What our judges had to say about NASA Kids’ Club:
- If I was a kid I’d want to be an astronaut after seeing this. Fantastic. – Tara Shears
- Very fun, flashy, and glitzy. - Laurie Winkless
People's Choice winner: CERNland
Full to the brim with games and videos about the world’s biggest particle accelerator, CERNland is a great place for young physics fans to while away the hours.
Best revision site
Simple but effective, S-cool’s revision guides take you through comprehensive notes for both GCSE and A level, with plenty of opportunities to test your knowledge with quizzes. A great site for students and teachers alike.
What our judges had to say about S-cool:
- ‘Nice writing style, clear presentation. My favourite site and one I felt I trusted to be up to date and relevant.’ – Martyn Bull
People’s choice winner: Cyberphysics
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