These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
- Overall, we rate Popular Science a pro-science website based on proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Popular Science is an American quarterly magazine carrying popular science content, which refers to articles for the general reader on science and technology subjects. Popular Science has won over 58 awards, including the American Society of Magazine Editors awards for its journalistic excellence in both 2003 (for General Excellence) and 2004 (for Best Magazine Section). With roots beginning in 1872, PopSci has been translated into over 30 languages and is distributed to at least 45 countries.
Funded by / Ownership
Popular Science is owned by the Bonnier Corporation, which also publishes Field and Stream, Working Mother and Cyclist. Revenue is derived through sponsored content, advertising, and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Popsci covers news related to science, technology, health, DIY and videos. Most articles are original reporting with proper sourcing to credible sources. For instance, Masks help prevent the spread of the coronavirus—here’s a breakdown of how effective they are, which is factual and sourced to the Washington Post and Nature. All stories on Popular Science are properly attributed to credible science sites.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Popular Science a pro-science website based on proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/26/2016) Updated (7/11/2020)