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The web awards

Welcome to the 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…

Best blog

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 users agree: it’s the best popular physics blog out there.

What our judges had to say about Starts with a Bang….

  • ‘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

See the full shortlist for the best blog category.

President's prize

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

See the full shortlist for the President’s prize category.

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.


See the full shortlist for best online magazine category

Best podcast

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 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

See the full shortlist for the best podcast category.

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.

What our judges had to say about The Last Word:

  • '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

From homework help to musings on the origins of the universe, no stone is left unturned by the users of this thriving online physics community.

See the full shortlist for the best Q&A site category.


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.

See the full shortlist for the best kids’ site category.

Best revision site

Winner: S-cool

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

This handy revision site for GCSE and A level students has comprehensive information on curriculum-based topics with plenty of images and videos.

See the full shortlist for the best revision site category

More information on:
•    How it all works: Nominations, shortlisting, judging and public voting
•    Eligibility and category definitions
•    Judging criteria
•    Our judges

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