The Best Articles in Science

The most useful articles and videos in Science from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Science Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Science by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. How to Make the Universe Think for Us
  2. Life: modern physics can’t explain it – but our new theory, which says time is fundamental, might
  3. Great Mysteries of Physics 1: is time an illusion?
  4. How To Spot Bad Science
  5. How a DNA ‘Parasite’ May Have Fragmented Our Genes

Videos

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Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in Science—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Science.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Science, including:

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Richard Dawkins

UK biologist & writer. Richard Dawkins Foundation monthly donor: http://richarddawkins.net/donate. RTs don’t imply endorsement, nor exhaustive research of tweeter

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Ben Goldacre

Prof of EBM @UniOxford, author, Bad Science, more. I run http://bennett.ox.ac.uk making tools+papers from data http://OpenSAFELY.org http://OpenPrescribing.net

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National Geographic

Since its inception nearly 130 years ago, the core purpose of National Geographic has been to further the knowledge and awareness of our world.

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WIRED

Where tomorrow is realized || Sign up for our newsletters: http://WIRED.com/newsletter

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NASA

There's space for everybody. ✨ Verification: http://nasa.gov/socialmedia

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Science, including:

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Quanta Magazine

Big ideas in science and math. Because you want to know more. Launched by @SimonsFdn. 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. http://quantamagazine.org

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MIT Technology Review

Our in-depth reporting on innovation reveals and explains what’s really happening now to help you know what’s coming next. http://technologyreview.com/newsletters

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Big Think

Learn from the world’s biggest thinkers.

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Nautilus Magazine

Cutting-edge science, unraveled in award-winning journalism by the very brightest living thinkers. Click the link to subscribe to the newsletter.

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Undark Magazine

Non-profit & editorially independent. Exploring science as a frequently wondrous, sometimes contentious, and occasionally troubling byproduct of human culture.

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Every day Refind picks the most relevant links from around the web for you. Picking only a handful of links means focusing on what’s relevant and useful. We favor timeless pieces—links with long shelf-lives, articles that are still relevant one month, one year, or even ten years from now. These lists of the best resources on any topic are the result of years of careful curation.

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It’s a mix of human and algorithmic curation, following a number of steps:

  1. We monitor 10k+ sources and 1k+ thought leaders on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.
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Which sources does Refind monitor in Science?

We monitor hundreds of sources in Science, including Quanta Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Big Think, Nautilus Magazine, Undark Magazine, and many more.

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