Sep. 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM ET
Looking for something scientific to sink your teeth into? Take a look at these award-winning tales, which touch on topics ranging from the inner workings of the world's smartest computer brain to ... the inner workings of your own brain:
The National Academies Communication Awards, announced today, recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering and medicine to the general public. Each winner receives a $20,000 prize, and they'll be honored during an Oct. 12 ceremony at the National Academy of Science building in Washington. I won the online award in 2008 and have served as a judge for the past two years. Check out this year's winners and finalists:
The Science in Society Journalism Awards are given by the National Association of Science Writers to recognize investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on society. I won the online award in 2002 for a series on genetic genealogy. This year's prizes, including a $2,500 check for each winner, will be handed out on Oct. 27 at the ScienceWriters2012 meeting in Raleigh, N.C. Here are the winners:
More tales that take the prize:
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