March 1, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 5)

URL:
http://scitizen.com/

Rating:
Strong Points: Well organized, topical
Weak Points: None

Summary:
I have to say that I really like the title of this site and I wish I’d thought it up. Scitizen’s subtitle is “Bringing Science Closer to Society” and I can’t think of a more aptly named site. With a format best described as open news source (contributions are welcomed from everyone), the opening page is not unlike a newspaper, with headlines and story lead-ins below that hyperlink to outside articles. The topics that are covered span a wide range of the biological sciences, including technology, biology, and environmental sciences. Sub-categories, include stem cells, biodiversity, future energies, climate change, and more. To be a contributor requires users to register at the site, but that is not at all uncommon for sites of with this sort of content. I found the quality of articles (some of which are YouTube videos) to be outstanding and their topicality cannot be doubted. An outstanding site that I will keep bookmarked on my computer.