Professional Science Writers' Recent Top Links

Updated: 2019-Jan-18 15:47 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 2 followers (average):

During the shutdown, with Joshua Tree National Park open but no staff on duty, visitors cut down Joshua trees so they could drive into sensitive areas where vehicles are banned.

"We had some pretty extensive four-wheel driving." https://t.co/EbSB4bF8hK pic.twitter.com/8kVFClVqxZ

— John Upton (@johnupton) January 10, 2019

2. One retweet per 8 followers (average):

Joshua trees face dire threats from climate change. Leaving Joshua Tree National Park vulnerable to vandals during a government shutdown can only hasten their demise. https://t.co/KXrIxMkv8Y pic.twitter.com/pVGu7xONaZ

— John Upton (@johnupton) January 10, 2019

3. One retweet per 10 followers (average):

This is such an incredible bit of sleuthing.

Scientists found mysterious blue particles in a 1000-year-old woman's dental plaque, only to realized they had stumbled into a forgotten history of female scribes. https://t.co/rxTkkbLzcz

— Sarah Zhang (@sarahzhang) January 9, 2019

4. One retweet per 12 followers (average):

The government backtracked on its plan to close Joshua Tree National Park today to protect it during the shutdown. The park will open; operations and staff will be funded using visitor fees (which might not be legal). https://t.co/WfBNM7ghAX

— John Upton (@johnupton) January 10, 2019

5. One retweet per 24 followers (average):

P L E A S E P A Y U S -- Encoded message from the Anchorage National Weather Service on @CapitalWeather https://t.co/xwb7mxfr6d

— Laura Helmuth (@laurahelmuth) January 7, 2019

6. One retweet per 41 followers (average):

.@elonmusk says @SpaceX has assembled #Starship Hopper test rocket with a shiny, retro look: https://t.co/7JsAkRfBB8 pic.twitter.com/1y0IN78yHV

— Alan Boyle (@b0yle) January 11, 2019

7. One retweet per 43 followers (average):

The @washingtonpost emailed FEMA to ask whether Trump had ordered the agency to withhold funds from California, per his statement today on Twitter.

The response: "Due to the federal funding hiatus, we are not able to respond to general press queries." https://t.co/C0PU8UbLGj

— John Upton (@johnupton) January 9, 2019

8. One retweet per 51 followers (average):

Saturn is basically wearing the shattered remains of a moon like a necklace https://t.co/2fzMSs0R1n

— Marina Koren (@marinakoren) January 17, 2019

9. One retweet per 63 followers (average):

The LA Times is hiring like crazy -- local reporters, podcast producers, science and medicine writers, graphic designers, and a whole bunch of editors. Job listings are here: https://t.co/HWL2jwQKNs

— Deborah Netburn (@DeborahNetburn) January 14, 2019

10. One retweet per 66 followers (average):

Science-funding agencies that are open: DOE, DOD, and NIH.

The big ones that are affected: NSF, NIST, NOAA, NASA, EPA, USGS, FDA, Smithsonian, USDA@sciencemagazine has a rundown of the impact of the shutdown for agencies with a science focus https://t.co/uAPz7AWoVT

— Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD (@webmz_) January 5, 2019

11. One retweet per 69 followers (average):

Best baby bed ever. No contest. https://t.co/zMbo3J159U pic.twitter.com/yipi3G01Rc

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) January 11, 2019

12. One retweet per 77 followers (average):

Sometimes, humans do a good. Like when they reintroduced over 1,000 native iguanas tothe largest Galapagos island this week—nearly two centuries after wiping the animals out by introducing a host of invasive species https://t.co/AiEflSlCn3

— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) January 8, 2019

13. One retweet per 77 followers (average):

Here's a shareable list I made of science news outlets that journalists with science stories to pitch. Updated periodically: https://t.co/CCb5LC18cM

— Robin Lloyd (@robinlloyd99) January 15, 2019

14. One retweet per 79 followers (average):

"The National Science Foundation, which underwrites billions of dollars in research each year, will cancel dozens of proposal review panel meetings this month if the government remains closed.” @alanblinder’s latest from shutdown land. https://t.co/5idqDeVNnZ

— Amy Harmon (@amy_harmon) January 5, 2019

15. One retweet per 84 followers (average):

Alaska National Weather Service office begs “please pay us” in secret message https://t.co/U4jSCvpRbk

— Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) January 7, 2019

16. One retweet per 85 followers (average):

So... the errors.

1. @JillAbramson says I'm a trans woman.

I'm not trans. During our chat, I told her I'm a queer, gender non-conforming woman. She didn't ask for an explanation. She didn't ask for my pronouns. (But they're Google search away. https://t.co/7cehaW54S4)


— Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs) January 14, 2019

17. One retweet per 96 followers (average):

Cells took up and made proteins coded for by mRNA that was inhaled, opening up the possibility of genetic treatments for lung diseases via inhalation. @sciam 🎧 by @cintagliata https://t.co/eV4FPmDppw pic.twitter.com/YnXfSn0X51

— (((Steve Mirsky))) (@SteveMirsky) January 9, 2019

18. One retweet per 99 followers (average):

I wrote about the origins of the word "mandarin," which is surprisingly roundabout and not Chinese! https://t.co/Nbd93qLz4U

— Sarah Zhang (@sarahzhang) January 4, 2019

19. One retweet per 107 followers (average):

"As the partial government shutdown continues into its third week, the impacts are falling hardest on those who can afford it the least."

A vital story from @thewanreport @TracyJan:https://t.co/tEACB1zyhh

— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) January 9, 2019

20. One retweet per 111 followers (average):

A top National Park Service official just admitted that as the shutdown has dragged on, “it has become clear that highly visited parks have urgent needs that cannot be addressed solely through the generosity of our benefactors.” @eilperin https://t.co/tOVnWs0HcV

— Darryl Fears (@bydarrylfears) January 6, 2019