Science News celebrates 100 years

Celebrating 100 years of

Science News

For a century, Science News has been covering the latest advances in science, medicine and technology. While the always-evolving nature of science is inspiring, it’s the themes that endure across time that reveal the most about science as a human endeavor, and how it impacts our lives. For the 100th birthday of Science News, we are connecting current events with the currents of the past to reveal how science will continue to shape our future.

Here is a collection of stories and efforts that celebrate the last century of science, Science Service and Society for Science — and, of course, Science News.

Explore major advances across the sciences that have transformed our understanding of the world and our universe, and our lives.






We’re celebrating a century of Science News

Across a century of science journalism, Science News has covered the Scopes trial, the moonwalk, Dolly the Sheep and more.


Some past Science News coverage was racist and sexist. We’re deeply sorry

During our early history, Science News shared and endorsed ideas that were unscientific and morally wrong.


How Science News has been a training ground for young science journalists

A long-standing internship along with informal mentorship are part of the tradition at Science News.

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Support the next 100 years of Science News

A century after our founding, top-quality, fiercely accurate reporting on key advances in science, technology, and medicine has never been more important than it is today – or more in need of your support. The best way to help? Subscribe.


We’ve covered science for 100 years. Here’s how it has — and hasn’t — changed

Today’s researchers pursue knowledge with more detail and sophistication, but some of the questions remain the same.

Publisher’s Note

Celebrating 100 years of unbiased journalism

Maya Ajmera reflects on her tenure as publisher of Science News and celebrates its 100 years of unbiased journalism.


Marie Tharp’s groundbreaking maps brought the seafloor to the world

In part because of her gender, Tharp was the right person in the right place at the right time to make the first detailed maps of the ocean’s bottom.

Science News Now

This free virtual event took place on Friday, December 3, with Science News journalists and renowned researchers giving their insiders’ take on the latest discoveries – and on how science can help tackle the challenges of next 100 years. Recordings of all sessions are available.

Society for Science

Feng Zhang (left) was the third place winner of the 2000 Intel Science Talent Search, run by Society for Science & the Public, which publishes Science News. Also pictured are first place winner Vivianna Risca and second place winner Jayce Getz.

100 years of impact

Founded in 1921 as Science Service by journalist Edward W. Scripps and zoologist William Ritter, the Society for Science communicates, fosters and advances the public understanding of science. In its first century of service, the organization published accurate, objective journalism in its Science News magazine, advised government agencies, cultivated the nation’s top science talent and ignited a passion for science in generations of students.

This timeline — featuring historic photographs, founding documents, trailblazing news coverage and more — explores a century of award-winning science journalism, world-class science research competitions and STEM equity and outreach.

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