Science News Releases 90th Anniversary Edition

Published since 1922, Science News celebrates 90 years of comprehensive science coverage for the public

Science News, published by Society for Science & the Public (SSP), released its 90th anniversary issue this week. The March 24 issue includes a special anniversary section highlighting some of the most noteworthy scientific discoveries and events reported in the magazine over the last nine decades.

Science News dates to 1922, when Society for Science & the Public, then Science Service, launched Science News-Letter. It quickly grew into a valued source of science news for newspapers, libraries, schools, and individuals. The magazine reported on the early days of atomic energy, the development of modern genetics, the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” and many other scientific and technological developments of the 20th century.

“Since mimeographed sheets of science news articles were first distributed as the Science News- Letter in March 1922, our writers and editors have been embedded in the scientific process,” said Tom Siegfried, editor in chief of Science News. “Throughout all these years, we’ve reported nearly every major step in the progress of science. Thousands of people interested in what scientists are doing have kept themselves up to date by perusing our pages.”

Science News offers readers concise, current, and comprehensive coverage of news from across scientific disciplines. The biweekly print publication reaches more than 120,000 dedicated subscribers, with a regular readership of more than 265,000. In each edition, readers will find articles on new discoveries and developments in various fields exploring the frontiers of research and important issues involving science and technology.

Online, Science News delivers new content daily at, attracting nearly 10 million visits annually. Science News also produces the weekly e-publication Science News Prime, available for the iPad, and the magazine is a popular publication on the Kindle.

The anniversary issue will be available at limited newsstands across the county on March 27. The full digital edition of the magazine is available online to subscribers now. The special anniversary retrospective section will be available free online to all interested individuals at

“The mission of Society for Science & the Public is to advance the public engagement in science: to inform; educate; inspire. For 90 years, our nonprofit organization has enabled people to embrace the beauty and significance of science. The award-winning Science News for Kids provides the same content but for students from ages 9 to 14, as well as their parents and teachers,” said Elizabeth Marincola, publisher of Science News and president of Society for Science & the Public.

Science News is edited for a broad readership, ranging from science enthusiasts without advanced training to practicing scientists interested in keeping up with fields of research beyond their own disciplines. Science News articles are written by experienced science journalists, all specialists in their areas of coverage, who emphasize accuracy and clarity while putting the latest scientific findings in perspective.

About Society for Science & the Public

Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is one of the nation’s oldest non-profit membership organizations dedicated to public engagement inscience and science education. Established in 1921, SSP is a leading advocate for the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its acclaimed education competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS competition,and its award-winning publications, Science News and Science News for Kids, as well as its recently released weekly e-publication for the iPad, Science News Prime, Society for Science & the Publicis committed to inform, educate, and inspire.

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Note to reporters: To arrange an interview with Science News publisher Elizabeth Marincola or Science News editor in chief Tom Siegfried, contact Sarah Wood at 202-872-5110.


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