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Step back in time with Science News

By Gayle Kansagor

Old edition of Science News
An edition of Science News from 1921 Photo courtesy of Science News

As the Society prepares for our centennial, the earliest issues of Science News have been posted online as pdfs. These issues offer an exciting look at our early journalism – first as a news syndicate called Science News Bulletin and then as a standalone publication called Science News-Letter.  Our early coverage includes the first mention of Albert Einstein in Science News, coverage of the earliest attempts to climb Mount Everest and a prediction that the avocado would soon be America’s favorite fruit. 

In the first edition of Science News Bulletin, published in April of 1921, you can read about:

  • The Prince of Monaco receiving an award from the National Academy of Sciences
  • The oldest (and stalest) bread found in North America
  • A school of fish being transported from the United States to Italy to help combat the spread of malaria

In the first edition of Science News-Letter, published in March of 1922, you can read about:

  • The allocation of radio wavelengths and radio telephony
  • Experimental testing being done on pneumonia vaccines
  • The need for physical education in schools

Be sure to take a look at these and our other archive issues, dating back to 1921. And stay turned for more information about the Society’s Centennial. We have more to come!

Aparna Paul