The Best Science Social Networking Sites

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You know how when you put glasses on a hot chick she gets smarter? No? Us either. But we do know that Facebook and Twitter are not exactly hotbeds of scientific discussion and social networking. (What about MySpace? Is that a thing? Is it about space travel?) Believe it or not, there are some serious scientific SN sites out there on the web for just that purpose. Here are the best of the best. Glasses on!
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LabRoots

LabRoots is like Science meets The Huffington Post – only smart. It’s THE destination site for High IQ people who wouldn’t otherwise be caught dead in their lab coats trolling for fun, quirky, science-related news that can be shared in a less serious environment.
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MyExperiment

Kind of dry and technical, MyExperiment is the type of social networking site Einstein would have gone too when his theory of Relativity was still in the E=MC Hammer phase. Not quite there yet and looking for collaboration from others. And parachute pants…
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ResearcherID

ResearcherID is the social networking site the most like LinkedIn for research scientists. It’s a vast resource for explaining what type of research you’re into, finding others who might be working in a similar vein and, especially, looking for highly qualified job openings.
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Mendeley

Mendeley is a lot like Reddit for students and professionals who don’t want to browse a site that looks like it was made around the time Sputnik was launched. Cool and hip, it looks like the most likely place for hot science types to hook up. You know, after all the science-y stuff is done…
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Academia

Academia is the paper dump for any kind of science and research, verified or not. But, it’s important to remember that even the craziest theory that ever turned out to be true had to once be vetted by peer review. This is the place…
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SocialNetworkingForScientists

SocialNetworkingForScientists is a hybrid Reddit meets Wikipedia destination site for researchers looking to have their studies reviewed informally, but seriously. It’s got some strict codes for uploading and interacting. Kind of like Mrs. Mueller’s 11th grade science lab, where you can expect somebody to say, “Hey! Quit messin’ around and listen up!” without getting spitballed to death in a corner…
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OpenWetWare

Although it sounds like a porn site for scientists, OpenWetWare uses the Wikia model for serious bio-field researchers and scientists to get online all around the globe and shoot the breeze without the pressure of acting all smart and stuff…
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IntroNetworks

IntroNetworks is a hiring portal for scientists and researchers who want to pinpoint exactly the kind of specialty research they’re into and experienced with, rather than slogging through a bunch of science wannabe types who have no hope of understanding what the hell you’re talking about. You know. Like 99% of humanity….
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Epernicus

Epernicus is like LinkedIn crossed with KickStarter, a social networking site that matches people up with CrowdFunding projects in need of special talent. Especially for blowing the profits on strippers and beer…
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ResearchGate

THE Facebook for research, the business model for ResearchGate copies the FB approach with serious science as the sole topic of debate. So, expect to see a bunch of posts that say things like, “This is how my Strontium-90 came out of the oven this morning” and the like. Which goes to show, some of the smartest people on the planet can be just as dumb and boring as the rest of us…
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