Examples of Great Science Writing

Nautilus
Illustration by Ping Zhu, Nautilus

Three articles from our friends at Nautilus have been selected for inclusion in the The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017. Nautilus is a science magazine that uses narrative storytelling to bring science into the larger conversations we are having today.  They have been partners in our Communicating Science series, and we share a common goal to translate science into more relatable, understandable contexts.

It’s the fourth year in a row that one or more Nautilus articles have appeared in the annual collection. Here are the three articles that have been nominated this year:

This Physics Pioneer Walked Away from It All
By Sally Davies
Inside the South London offices of Doppel, a wearable technology start-up, sandwiched into a single room on a floor between a Swedish coffee shop and a wig-making studio, CEO and quantum physicist Fotini Markopoulou is debating the best way to describe an off-switch.

The Case For Leaving City Rats Alone
By Becca Cudmore
Kaylee Byers crouches in a patch of urban blackberries early one morning this June, to check a live trap in one of Vancouver’s poorest areas, the V6A postal code.

It’s Time These Ancient Women Scientists Get Their Due
By Emily Temple-Wood
Women are woven deeply into the history of science, stretching back to ancient Egypt, over 4,000 years ago.

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