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Jennifer Ouellette is a recovering English major who stumbled into science writing quite by accident as a struggling freelance writer in New York City - and found it was the perfect career for her. She has been avidly exploring her inner geek ever since. Now based in Los Angeles, California, she is the author of two popular science books for the general public: The Physics of the Buffyverse (2007) and Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics (2006), both published by Penguin. She is currently writing her third book for Penguin, Dangerous Curves: A Calculus Diary. Since November 2008, Ouellette has been director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a Los Angeles-based program of the National Academy of Sciences aimed at fostering creative collaborations between scientists and entertainment industry professionals. From February through April 2008, she was Journalist in Residence at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In May 2009, she was an instructor at the prestigious Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop. Her freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Discover, Salon, Nature, Physics Today, Symmetry, Physics World, and New Scientist, among other venues. She maintains a general science-and-culture group blog called Cocktail Party Physics, featuring her avatar altar-ego/evil twin, Jen-Luc Piquant, and writes the Twisted Physics blog for Discovery News.

Top 10 Fun and Quirky Science Blogs


Jessica Palmer sees beauty at the intersection of science and art, with a keen eye for one-of-a-kind jewelry for good measure.

Dresden Codak

Okay, so Randall Monroe's xkcd is probably the best known scienc-y Web comic out there, and justly so, but for those who like their physics humor _really_ obscure, Aaron Diaz produces odd storylines featuring Laplace's Demon and the luminiferous aether.

Inverse Square

Author Tom Levenson ("Newton and the Counterfeiter") expounds on science, history, culture, journalism, even a bit of politics now and then.


Mo Costandi delves into the colorful history and current state of neuroscience.

Not Exactly Rocket Science

Ed Yong is a British science writer who covers a broad range of cutting-edge research stories with style.

Save Your Breath for Running Ponies

Tongue-eating isopods, bosavi wooly rats, pipistrelle bats -- all kinds of weird creatures end up on this quirky little blog, where Ra and Bec serve up science with a healthy dose of snark.


By now it should be obvious that I like my science blogging with a bit of hipster attitude. Frank Swain has that in spades.

Skulls in the Stars

The anonymous "gg" writes about physics, vintage pulp science fiction and fantasy, and the occasional sprinkling of politics and kittens.

The Loom

Carl Zimmer offers glimpses of cool science stories around the Interwebz, and maintains an impressive collection of science-themed tattoos.


Quite possibly the perfect science and science fiction blog, io9 -- headed by Annalee Newitz -- features spoilers for all the latest sci-fi film and TV, the latest science news, and the occasional bit of pretty "space porn."