I’ve been told that I’m bad at telling people what I’m up to, so allow me to indulge in a little bit of self promotion for un momentito.
The past few weeks have been crazy. In a good way, of course. So here’s a recap.
1. We launched the preview site for Science Studio!
Oh lordy lordy people. This project is sort of my baby, so it’s going first. On Wednesday we launched the preview site of Science Studio – a collection of the best science multimedia on the web. To show people what the site is like Ben, Bora and I went through and picked a bunch of videos and audio pieces that aren’t eligible for this years collection. You should totally go look at those, but more importantly, you should think of your favorite internet things from this year and nominate them at our nomination form.
2. Nautilus, a new digital magazine, launched to much fanfare.
Nautilus is pretty classy looking, eh? Our first issue What Makes You So Special is an exploration of humanity, our place in the universe, and why we think we’re unique amongst the millions of other things out there. The New York Times actually covered our launch, with a story that has a really splendid kicker.
3. TED-Ed has been pretty busy too. We turned one, won three Webbys AND were named to TIME’s list of 50 Best Websites (yes apparently that’s a thing, no we didn’t know it was a thing until just now either).
In case you’re not familiar with what TED-Ed does, we create little animated lessons that cover everything from the art of metaphor, to the crazy history of the cell theory, to how chemotherapy works. Here’s a recent excellent example:
4. Minute Earth broke 3 million video views. That’s a lot of views, people! Maybe you’ll be our three million, two hundred thousandth, forty seventh view? Eh? Eh?
6. I finally booked my travel to Helsinki for the World Conference of Science Journalists, where I’m moderating a panel on the future of science journalism. As a part of that, we’ve been doing bimonthly social media chats about various questions that come up when the future of journalism is batted around. If you’ve missed any of those, you can see my recaps here.
ELSEWHERE ON THE INTERNET
Here are some things that I’m stoked about that happened on the internet recently.
1. Arikia Millikan launched Lady Bits – a place for smart women to make smart journalism. Because you know what the world doesn’t need? More magazines for dudes by dudes. Check it out at Medium, on Twitter, and on Facebook.
2. Story Collider is having their three year anniversary this week! Three years of true stories about how science has effected people’s lives. I get to edit their podcast, which is super fun, but it’s really Erin Barker and Ben Lillie who make this show as awesome as it is.
3. The amazing Emma Bryce has a blog at The Guardian! It’s all about food, and I love food, and you probably do too, so you should go read it right about now.