From the latest in science news to what's happening in space, science lovers sure have it lucky when it comes to apps. You can learn all about the human body, nature, space, technology, math, and more with these science apps. Check out what's in your night sky, read about cutting-edge science breakthroughs, and listen to interviews with famous scientists. It's all here in our list of the best iPad apps for science lovers.
The best iPad apps for science lovers
16 May 2020, by Christine Pamintuan
Science Now directs the latest scientific research and discoveries to your mobile device, including information on space exploration, discovery, technology, and innovation from NASA, technical and scientific breakthroughs from NIST, and the most recent developments from the National Science Foundation. A dark mode for the app is available from the Admin menu.
- All data and imagery is courtesy of NASA, NIST and the NSF.
- Check out amazing images of hurricanes and other weather patterns.
- See the latest NASA news as it happens!
- Educate yourself about the universe for free!
You'll become an expert on everything science-related when you use the Science News & Discoveries app. You'll get a news summary covering science stories from all sources, push notifications for topics of your choice, interesting talks, research results, interviews, and new discoveries, and the option to read later. You can create your own news feed that features the topics you want to follow; just block the topics you don't care about. The in-app commenting system allows you to begin discussions on any article you want.
- Check in on the latest in science research and news
- Create a customized news feed
- Push notifications
- In-app commenting system
- Free with in-app purchase to remove ads
Here’s an app that brings the universe to your fingertips. It’s incredibly detailed and accurate, providing users with an enriching experience. Control every aspect of the orbital mechanics, change the properties of a celestial object, play with gravity, change how the planets orbit the sun, create or destroy celestial objects, view planets collide, control the dimensions of time, predict the future, watch the sunrise or set over different planets and more. This app makes you the ruler of the universe, and it does so in a fun and unique way.
- A universal simulator that gives you complete control
- Control how a planet orbits, Change the size and mass of planets
- Create and destroy planets, Control the dimensions of time
- Predict the future, View planets collide, Play with gravity
- Watch the sun rise or set over a planet
will identify constellations, stars, satellites, and more. The app uses the camera in your device to spot and identify objects in the sky. You can set reminders for celestial events, follow the daily sky tracks for the moon and sun, and jump to the future or past to see the sky on different dates. You don't need WiFi so you can take it wherever you want. Upgrade with in-app purchases for more features.
- Point your device and identify stars, satellites, constellations, ISS, and more
- Set reminders for celestial events
- No Internet needed
- Get more features with in-app purchases
- Full version available as a separate app
Skeptical Inquirer is the journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. It comes out on a bimonthly basis and publishes critical scientific evaluations of fringe-science and paranormal claims. Called a “spokesman for rationality,” Skeptical Inquirer is part scientific journal, part semi-popular magazine. You'll get news and commentaries, special reports, in-depth feature articles, book reviews, and investigations. Contributors have included Richard Dawkins, Cal Sagan, Isaac Asimov, and hundreds more. The app is free to download and the current issue, back issues, and all future issues can be bought within the app.
- The journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
- Comes out bimonthly
- In-depth articles, news, commentaries, and more
- Part scientific journal, part semi-popular magazine
- Free with in-app subscriptions
If you're interested in advanced space-based research, then NASA Visualization Explorer app is exactly what you need. This is a direct connection to see our planet as you've never seen it before. Use it to travel to places you've only ever imagined, and learn all about NASA's cutting-edge research. You will be able to read engaging, exciting research stories every week, all for free. It's user-friendly, simple to use, and in addition to the “stories” there are usually short films to provide more of a “feel” of the events being discussed. An Internet connection is required to use this app.
- Direct connection to NASA's fleet of research spacecraft
- Learn all about what's new in space-based research
- New stories every week
- Short films accompany most stories
- Free iPad app for science lovers
Best Science Facts is a free app that provides lots of small, quick pieces of educational, fun science facts. You'll learn some interesting facts on humans, space, nature, plants, animals, math, biology, physics, astronomy, chemistry, technology, and more. You can save your favorite facts and share them with your friends via email or text. The app supports the copy/paste function, so you can also use that method to share to Facebook or Twitter. If you love science and you love knowing trivia, then download this app. This app is useful to science teachers, home educators, and anyone who loves knowledge.
- Learn trivia in all areas of science
- Fascinating tidbits of info on biology, humans, chemistry, technology, math, and more
- Save and share your favorite facts
- Great for teachers and students alike
- Free iPad app for science lovers
New Science is a weekly popular science and technology magazine. It offers easy-to-understand, accurate coverage of the latest discoveries and how they will impact your life, a rational perspective on international news, and in-depth features on a variety of important topics. You can read sample issues for free, buy individual issues, or buy a subscription. If you already have a subscription to the paper issue, contact customer service before you log in. Subscriptions may be purchased in-app for three months or one year, and they automatically renew unless that feature is turned off.
- Weekly science and technology magazine
- Links to references
- In-depth articles and fresh, rational coverage of international news
- Free with in-app purchases for subscribing
DISCOVER Magazine reports developments in technology, science, and the world. You'll enjoy amazing photography and easy-to-read stories on complex topics covering breakthroughs in medicine, health, environmental issues, and the mind. You'll read articles from opinion makers, editors, Nobel laureates, and scientists. Learn all about cutting-edge technology and how it will affect our future with this exciting magazine. You can check out free previews and if you like what you see, you can buy single issues or subscribe monthly or for a year. Stay on top of the science world with the DISCOVER Magazine app.
- Reports developments in science, technology, and the world
- Beautiful photography
- Covers complex topics in easy-to-read stories
- Free previews
- Free with in-app purchases