Professional Science Writers' Recent Top Links

Updated: 2019-Mar-24 14:42 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 15 followers (average):

Small lovely fact: trees absorb the sun’s heat, and their trunks act like radiators stuck in the frozen late-winter ground. Spring’s first flowers will bloom in the thaw circles at their base.

From this @ESAEcology study: https://t.co/6eouE6Fe5c pic.twitter.com/XjwhF2cciI

— Brandon Keim (@9brandon) March 20, 2019

2. One retweet per 28 followers (average):

Politician who opposed mandatory chickenpox vaccine has been hospitalized after getting chickenpox #VaccinesWork Vaccination is not about attacking individual freedom, but maintaining global health & safety https://t.co/mjlBGF88Lp

— Sheril Kirshenbaum (@Sheril_) March 20, 2019

3. One retweet per 35 followers (average):

Oh my god. West Virginia lawmakers have sided with @DowChemical and agreed NOT to implement stricter water standards recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection. Why? LOOK AT THIS REASONING.https://t.co/x9daylI9Ot pic.twitter.com/it6hc561IN

— Emily Calandrelli (@TheSpaceGal) March 13, 2019

4. One retweet per 42 followers (average):

A baby monkey has been born, created using sperm from frozen immature testicular tissue—a step toward preserving fertility in young boys undergoing cancer treatment. By @emilylmullin for @sciam: https://t.co/HPwsYfaM7n

— Tanya Lewis (@tanyalewis314) March 21, 2019

5. One retweet per 43 followers (average):

"He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing. Not even his name." This is a truly heroic response and our own country and media needs a learn a massive fucking lesson from this. https://t.co/OGf3o7CIPn

— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) March 19, 2019

6. One retweet per 45 followers (average):

"Oversharing" from FEMA reveals personal information of 2.5 million survivors of wildfires and Hurricanes Irma, Harvey & Maria. By @JoelAchenbach @TheWanReport @TonyRomm https://t.co/nxTtcc7HNh

— Laura Helmuth (@laurahelmuth) March 22, 2019

7. One retweet per 45 followers (average):

#AirPollution deaths are double previous estimates, finds research

- 800,000 a year in Europe
- killing more people than smoking globally
- scientists urge phase out of fossil fuel burning

Story by mehttps://t.co/8XpcM2z4U8

— Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) March 12, 2019

8. One retweet per 50 followers (average):

Useful background info not in the article: Rep. Joe Cunningham is an ocean engineer.

Congressman Blasts Trump Official With Air-Horn to Prove Seismic Air Gun Testing Harms Whales: 'Was That Disruptive?'

— Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs) March 11, 2019

9. One retweet per 53 followers (average):

This is heartbreaking:

A 4-year-old named Abdullahi was killed in the attack. His family had fled Somalia in the mid-1990s as refugees and resettled in New Zealand.
⁰“You cannot imagine how I feel,” his uncle said. “He was the youngest in the family.”

— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) March 15, 2019

10. One retweet per 88 followers (average):

Thousands of kids in more than a hundred countries around the world are filling the streets today for the #YouthClimateStrike.

They are the ones who will inherit the planet we’ve warmed. Meet Generation Climate Change: https://t.co/GFPTO5RJeh

— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) March 15, 2019

11. One retweet per 91 followers (average):

Probably the biggest news out of #LPSC2019 so far: @OSIRISREx saw asteroid Bennu spitting plumes of dust into space. This is the first time something like this has been seen on any asteroid.https://t.co/hp6Xef4Ozx

— Lisa Grossman (@astrolisa) March 19, 2019

12. One retweet per 92 followers (average):

Did you know that @NPR runs a nation-wide #scicomm community that helps scientists become better communicators? Join us to connect with other scientists, get published outside academia, and hear from experts in the field. Check it out! https://t.co/yyIABPqKL9

— Joe Palca (@joesbigidea) March 15, 2019

13. One retweet per 108 followers (average):

OSIRIS-REx sees Bennu spewing stuff into space https://t.co/AvF3Cv3nmn pic.twitter.com/eaiSVbrreJ

— Jason Davis (@jasonrdavis) March 19, 2019

14. One retweet per 116 followers (average):

This is an ACTUAL PICTURE of a crazy pulsar hurtling through space! (heavily processed, sure, but based on real data!) How cool is that??? https://t.co/wf0Ok9Lo08

— Leah Crane (@DownHereOnEarth) March 21, 2019

15. One retweet per 117 followers (average):

Reference: https://t.co/x2Cjy40331

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) March 15, 2019

16. One retweet per 123 followers (average):

My latest piece for the @nytimes is about some pretty small and special spacecraft. Take a look!

Space Is Very Big. Some of Its New Explorers Will Be Tiny. https://t.co/muDAsdwQpn

— Shannon Stirone (@shannonmstirone) March 18, 2019

17. One retweet per 125 followers (average):

"She helped pioneer a field known as geometric analysis, and she developed techniques now commonly used by many mathematicians."

And I was *today* years old when I learned about her. #WomenInScience https://t.co/KQoRwmupXr

— Rose DF (@_Astro_Nerd_) March 19, 2019

18. One retweet per 126 followers (average):

Mumps outbreak sickens 86 @TempleUniv students (https://t.co/uYBjIPM5i3). Helpful info from @aetiology on how vax miscommunication leads to outbreaks like this worldwide. @sciam @stevemirsky https://t.co/q8lQ6hPXxc

— Robin Lloyd (@robinlloyd99) March 22, 2019

19. One retweet per 126 followers (average):

Mumps outbreak sickens 86 @TempleUniv students (https://t.co/uYBjIPM5i3). Helpful info from @aetiology on how vax miscommunication leads to outbreaks like this worldwide. @sciam @stevemirsky https://t.co/q8lQ6hPXxc

— Robin Lloyd (@robinlloyd99) March 22, 2019

20. One retweet per 129 followers (average):

EVERYONE. Behold my peep diorama: "New Hare-rizons: Ultima Peep Flyby." I would be honored to win your vote in the peeple's choice award. #PeepYourScience https://t.co/Qd8tacjIGi @NewHorizons2015 @AlanStern pic.twitter.com/KeEuaKX2Kc

— Emily Conover (@emcconover) March 13, 2019