Professional Science Writers' Recent Top Links

Updated: 2019-Sep-16 14:56 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 18 followers (average):

Animal intelligence is a tough subject to parse, but there's no denying that most wild creatures are more impressive than we ever gave them credit for! For @NatGeo, @natashaldaly took a look at 14 animals with incredible smarts. https://t.co/91mKaWnSfF

— Christine Dell'Amore (@cdellamore) September 11, 2019

2. One retweet per 31 followers (average):

An Arizona man who told police he’d lost all $75k he’d invested through Wohl’s company died from suicide. https://t.co/idJ9Tk8Gxw

— John Upton (@johnupton) September 5, 2019

3. One retweet per 45 followers (average):

Just a reminder to folks that on its way to putting this lander down, India did successfully put its second spacecraft in orbit at the Moon. Chandrayaan-2 orbiter will be up there doing science for a year. Lander would only have lasted 2 weeks. https://t.co/i5VdnBPII4

— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) September 6, 2019

4. One retweet per 46 followers (average):

1/ A thread about the big exoplanet news that was announced today, which—to be perfectly honest—was challenging for me to parse and report.. https://t.co/J1rstNGrpR

— Marina Koren (@marinakoren) September 11, 2019

5. One retweet per 47 followers (average):

I forced a bot to read 1000 David Brooks columns and it spit this out before setting itself on fire.https://t.co/P53yVnqf92 pic.twitter.com/qKUxVu9Dgc

— Dave Levitan (@davelevitan) September 6, 2019

6. One retweet per 49 followers (average):

Everybody waited too long to cut emissions so now we have to both cut emissions harder and adapt to changes already arriving. https://t.co/KqbarpPJqU

— Eric Roston (@eroston) September 11, 2019

7. One retweet per 51 followers (average):

Dorian's rapid intensification and slow progress are astounding and awful. But this is exactly what scientists expect more of as the planet warms.

The oceans have absorbed more than 90% of human-caused warming. All that energy is fuel for hurricanes.https://t.co/L6xmE4E0uL

— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) September 5, 2019

8. One retweet per 59 followers (average):

I see Apple announced a bunch of new products today. Here's your evergreen reminder that these products require metals and minerals mined everywhere, and the best thing you can do for the planet is to hold onto your current device until it craps out. https://t.co/uPVuMRISBn

— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) September 11, 2019

9. One retweet per 63 followers (average):

THIS - Global heating made #HurricaneDorian bigger, wetter and more deadly

Excellent, crystal clear take by @MichaelEMann and @AndrewDessler https://t.co/APoBFhNQYm

— Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) September 4, 2019

10. One retweet per 65 followers (average):

Island of 50,000 People in the Bahamas Is 70% Under Water https://t.co/RxwvFzaZbY

— Eric Roston (@eroston) September 4, 2019

11. One retweet per 66 followers (average):

4. If you're struggling with how to feel about climate change, I'd recommend this @DrKateMarvel essay: "Courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending."https://t.co/4UnheXdyo4

— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) September 8, 2019

12. One retweet per 68 followers (average):

Or read what the poet Alice Major told @MrDanZak:

“It is an immense privilege to be alive at this time. We owe it to ourselves to try ... and to give meaning to it. Only by understanding our lives as meaningful can we hope to create meaningful change.” https://t.co/PW0Qc48rFN

— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) September 8, 2019

13. One retweet per 84 followers (average):

Do we fly to Mars, or stay and save Earth from ourselves?

We don't have to choose. Space tech is already helping us live more sustainably back home, while environmental sciences improve our chances of living elsewhere in the starry night.

Me, for @sciam. https://t.co/AE4DkCB7WG

— Dr Robin George Andrews 🌋 (@SquigglyVolcano) September 6, 2019

14. One retweet per 88 followers (average):

I'm surprised by the number of men who consider themselves "irreplaceable geniuses" and have left angry comments.

So I want to clarify, I stand by my argument. This is a blog post and was not professionally edited - I wrote every word.https://t.co/sEubChfdbZ

— Sarah Olson (@ReadMoreScience) September 12, 2019

15. One retweet per 88 followers (average):

Contrary to conventional wisdom, scientists don't do their best work when young. A paper published at any stage of their career is equally likely to have a high impact, according to a massive citation analysis by @robysinatra discussed at #metascience2019 https://t.co/yKzmMJKDqf

— George Musser (@gmusser) September 5, 2019

16. One retweet per 92 followers (average):

"This is beyond urgent. This is the 12-alarm fire that should have been acted upon years ago.”

Americans are convinced of the scientific reality of climate change and agree on the need for urgent action, @StevenMufson @brady_dennis @sfcpoll report. https://t.co/W4qMW8WQKD

— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) September 13, 2019

17. One retweet per 98 followers (average):

Absolutely incredible statement from a minister with this portfolio. “I don't know if climate change is manmade.” https://t.co/8Sx18ckGGx

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) September 10, 2019

18. One retweet per 101 followers (average):

For centuries, we've bred dogs to serve us in various ways, from guarding our homes to ferreting out badgers to simply comforting us in times of need. And now, a new study shows we've actually reshaped their brains in the process. https://t.co/CO5QlX8GbB

by @LizLangley

— Christine Dell'Amore (@cdellamore) September 4, 2019

19. One retweet per 101 followers (average):

NSF is hiring Science Assistants. BA req'd, but a great job for new MA/MSs and PhDs who are interested in getting into #scipol and/or federal work. 1-year renewable up to 3 yrs (in my experience renewed as long as you're doing a good job). https://t.co/Ru0GmGGUCg

— Caitlin S., PhD (@Paleophile) September 3, 2019

20. One retweet per 102 followers (average):

I talked to an 82yo woman whose decades-long recurring UTIs are resistant to most antibiotics. It didn't really hit me until she said, "Remember, I was born before antibiotics"

In just her lifetime, antibiotics have gone from miracle cure to ineffectivehttps://t.co/iXzfUR3LuX

— Sarah Zhang (@sarahzhang) September 3, 2019