Professional Science Writers' Recent Top Links

Updated: 2018-Jul-18 13:42 UTC. Listed tweets: 20. Based on tweets of Professional Science Writers on Twitter. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Links in tweets originated by professional science writers in the past 14 days, ordered by retweets-per-follower averaged over each tweet of the link. Below, each link is presented in the context of the particular tweet with the highest retweets per follower.

1. One retweet per 11 followers (average):

This balloon is 6 meters high.

It will fly over London.

During President Trump's visit to London https://t.co/8ibbltJ0v4 pic.twitter.com/X61cQfNwsm

— Arielle (ADR) Duhaime-Ross (@adrs) July 5, 2018

2. One retweet per 27 followers (average):

We Should Reward Scientists for Communicating to the Public:
Universities need to rethink how they evaluate academics for promotion https://t.co/OlkuYAbL6V via @sciam #scicomm #sciengage

— Caitlin S(cientist) (@Paleophile) July 6, 2018

3. One retweet per 88 followers (average):

Sorry friends, but Jupiter no long has 69 moons. It’s got at least 79 now, and one of them is kind of weird! https://t.co/TIhuQM1mUN pic.twitter.com/GwYFtA3Srn

— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) July 17, 2018

4. One retweet per 111 followers (average):

The Bizarre Origin Story of American Drug Laws, my latest https://t.co/RTeJnuZTeA

— Maia Szalavitz (@maiasz) July 13, 2018

5. One retweet per 122 followers (average):

Spiders can "balloon" by pointing their bums at the sky, releasing silk, and taking off. People often say the silk catches on the wind. But a new study points to a more incredible explanation: https://t.co/HJhzQl8eC3

— Ed Yong (@edyong209) July 5, 2018

6. One retweet per 124 followers (average):


— rae paoletta (@PAYOLETTER) July 12, 2018

7. One retweet per 140 followers (average):

Some moths evolved long streamers to confuse the sonar searches of hungry bats. @sciam podcast by @cintagliata, image by @FloridaMuseum https://t.co/u4uFmzBJwu pic.twitter.com/xx5zWQj9eh

— (((Steve Mirsky))) (@SteveMirsky) July 17, 2018

8. One retweet per 142 followers (average):

Ivanka Trump's Chinese-made products spared from tariffs https://t.co/viTDUZso7m

— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) July 9, 2018

9. One retweet per 146 followers (average):

The source of the mysterious ozone-killing emissions is confirmed: China https://t.co/DbHjm4prng pic.twitter.com/nPArfE1S9i

— Akshat Rathi (@AkshatRathi) July 9, 2018

10. One retweet per 159 followers (average):

An iceberg about the size of lower Manhattan just popped off Greenland, and a team of scientists caught the action on camera. https://t.co/ODERTB4Mfg

— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) July 10, 2018

11. One retweet per 159 followers (average):

A new infection that responds to almost none of the few drugs available to treat it appeared simultaneously on 4 continents - and that's not the scariest part. Me at @WIRED: https://t.co/aEwRJ3V8U7

— Maryn McKenna (@marynmck) July 13, 2018

12. One retweet per 163 followers (average):

For everyone thinking, “If only billionaire kleptocrats could exert more secretive influence on our politics …” https://t.co/hcTgH2OxZA

— James Gleick (@JamesGleick) July 17, 2018

13. One retweet per 175 followers (average):

Sharks make splash in Brooklyn with new building/exhibit at @nyaquarium of @TheWCS Photo by @julielmaher https://t.co/k7pe1DfUiW pic.twitter.com/af2I9CeFd7

— (((Steve Mirsky))) (@SteveMirsky) July 5, 2018

14. One retweet per 180 followers (average):

Prototype flexible electronic mouthguard measures lactate levels in saliva, a marker for muscle fatigue during athletic training. From @PARCinc, @NextFlexUS and UCSD. @sciam podcast by @lggreenemeier. Photo from UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering https://t.co/STkm8muk6V pic.twitter.com/CKLOs09PLl

— (((Steve Mirsky))) (@SteveMirsky) July 13, 2018

15. One retweet per 205 followers (average):

FDA regulates bottled water
EPA regulates drinking water from the tap https://t.co/BTQwQzchLI https://t.co/8WEflogDBb

— Nidhi Subbaraman (@NidhiSubs) July 11, 2018

16. One retweet per 211 followers (average):

Hey look, the invasive longhorned tick has how been found in four more West Virginia counties: https://t.co/ELMpNmlIy7 My article on the significance in @sciam: https://t.co/tKAmNehCf2

— Melinda Wenner Moyer (@lindy2350) July 9, 2018

17. One retweet per 216 followers (average):

He injected a billion mitochondria, in about a quarter of a teaspoon of fluid.
Within two days, the baby had a normal heart, strong and beating quickly. “It was amazing,” Dr. Emani said. https://t.co/R1IkfDp6TZ

— Roger Highfield (@RogerHighfield) July 15, 2018

18. One retweet per 224 followers (average):

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posts extensive new content for healthcare providers about myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome: https://t.co/tpeCKFam2W #mecfs #chronicfatiguesyndrome #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis

— Miriam E. Tucker (@MiriamETucker) July 12, 2018

19. One retweet per 230 followers (average):

South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope has delivered the clearest view yet of the center of our galaxy, including unexplained long, snake-like filaments. https://t.co/I7kY8eRuIt pic.twitter.com/fY1nd4gWD9

— Corey S. Powell (@coreyspowell) July 13, 2018

20. One retweet per 236 followers (average):

Out of 127 ABC, CBS and NBC news segments about blistering heat across the U.S., just one mentioned climate change — despite climate change's important role in amplifying heat waves. https://t.co/dfCdh9soE4

— John Upton (@johnupton) July 12, 2018