Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Scientific American Science & Technology Web Awards 2005

The 2005 Web Awards from Scientific American are here.

In the year since we last presented these awards, both the world and the Web have changed in dramatic ways. The spheres of science and politics have become seemingly inextricable, forcing biologists to go to the mat with policy-makers over the issue of teaching intelligent design in school. The influence of "citizen journalist"-penned blogs has become a driving force behind the dissemination of information. And, most recently, the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have sparked discussion of whether global warming is responsible for the recent increase in storm intensity. The implications of all these developments loomed large as we chose our winners for this year.

A lively "virtual tavern" for discussing and combating the antievolution movement; a blog written by a collective of maverick neuroscientists with more than just neurons and synapses on their minds; a virtual trip through the solar system, compliments of NASA; and a site that promises to teach the finer points of relativity in less time than it takes to eat a sandwich are among this year's selections, which follow below in no particular order. Did we miss your favorite? Drop us a line and nominate it for next year. Happy surfing!

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