Professional Science Writers' Recent Top Links

Updated: 2019-Jul-17 14:47 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 18 followers (average):

National Geographic called me and asked me to write the feminist facts about how The Lion King gets lion pride dynamics all wrong. I happily complied. Lions are matrilineal!! https://t.co/qp4PgTuHuo

— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) July 8, 2019

2. One retweet per 70 followers (average):

If you've ever paid an entrance fee to a national park, it might interest you to know that $2,500,000 of that money is being diverted from infrastructure and habitat restoration to pay for Trump's 4th of July party. By @eilperin @jdawsey1 @DanLamothe https://t.co/LJDnWtGMcs

— Laura Helmuth (@laurahelmuth) July 3, 2019

3. One retweet per 83 followers (average):

Note: Some levee segments along MS River in New Orleans may be as low as 18 feet. "Thus, a 20-foot river height could cause overtopping at some of those locations, something that has never happened in the city's modern history." https://t.co/IwHPIID20J

— Bob Henson (@bhensonweather) July 10, 2019

4. One retweet per 85 followers (average):

THIS - Global tree planting has ‘mind-blowing’ potential to tackle climate crisis, say scientists

Research in @sciencemagazine estimates a trillion trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land and could capture a huge amount of CO2https://t.co/ghg9lrJss4

— Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) July 4, 2019

5. One retweet per 90 followers (average):

OMFG. The horror. #Torture. Abuse.

As #China detains hundreds of thousands of ethnic minority #Muslims in giant camps, they are taking the children from their families and "culturally reengineering" them in giant boarding schools. https://t.co/Wf68nxrLhK

— Terri Hansen | Indigenous (@TerriHansen) July 5, 2019

6. One retweet per 90 followers (average):

How taxpayers are funding a huge corporate expansion in the Murray-Darling Basin https://t.co/g8ZEAEmrea

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) July 7, 2019

7. One retweet per 92 followers (average):

Three out of every four Democratic presidential candidates now back Inslee’s call for a climate debate — something the party had initially ruled out. https://t.co/zyr0qZtRQi

— John Upton (@johnupton) July 3, 2019

8. One retweet per 94 followers (average):

THIS - Billions of air pollution nanoparticles found in hearts of city dwellers

New research shows associated damage to critical pumping muscles, even in children as young as three

Exclusive, by mehttps://t.co/50JZQfJAaK

— Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) July 12, 2019

9. One retweet per 101 followers (average):

[THREAD] This re-analysis of two partial fossil skulls from Apidima Cave in Greece is super interesting! One looks to be a Neandertal from ~170,000 years ago https://t.co/EiJScdM6Yx [Image: Katerina Harvati, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen] pic.twitter.com/1SQoIoso0v

— Kate Wong (@katewong) July 11, 2019

10. One retweet per 102 followers (average):

Yeah, no, it's fine, the new self-cloning invasive tick is just exsanguinating U.S. livestock, no big deal. "The deceased young bull...had more than 1,000 ticks on it and the owner had lost four other cattle under the same circumstances.” https://t.co/5EKBAyd8Jm

— Melinda Wenner Moyer (@lindy2350) July 10, 2019

11. One retweet per 109 followers (average):

BIG NEWS GUYS! Thrilled to announce that @Gizmodo and @newrepublic are teaming up to hold a climate change summit for the 2020 Democratic candidates at NYC Climate Week in September. https://t.co/7uoJjn2uFT

— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) July 11, 2019

12. One retweet per 110 followers (average):

Now on @sciam: Do you remember “Tabby’s Star,” the weird object that made headlines in 2015 as a possible “alien megastructure” due to its bizarre eclipses? Well... Astronomers just found another star acting much, much weirder. By @adamspacemann. https://t.co/xVnGHWtzcK

— Lee Billings (@LeeBillings) July 3, 2019

13. One retweet per 115 followers (average):

NOAA/WPC's new 3-day rainfall forecast starting at 7 PM CDT tonight has a 20-25" bull's-eye over southeast Louisiana. It's very unusual for the 20" mark to be topped in such an outlook. Potentially severe flooding is on tap. https://t.co/jgP5nFCBPs pic.twitter.com/j99cWWpd4A

— Bob Henson (@bhensonweather) July 11, 2019

14. One retweet per 124 followers (average):

These posters are STUNNING with:

🤖Roboticist @cynthiabreazeal
🧬Chemist Rosalind Franklin
🚀MD + astronaut @maejemison
💊Pharmacist Maria da Penha
⚙️Technologist @afromusing
🔬Biotechnologist @hayatsindi
⚗️Chemist Tu Youyou
🧮 Mathematician Gladys West https://t.co/EhnQGPF9Uc

— Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD (@webmz_) July 10, 2019

15. One retweet per 127 followers (average):

Yet another concern from the Gulf system: storm surge pushing into the already-high Lower Mississippi. USACE spokesperson: “We have had high-water events in hurricane season but we’ve never had an elevation forecast like this." https://t.co/VoqUCW2FEc

— Bob Henson (@bhensonweather) July 9, 2019

16. One retweet per 129 followers (average):

Every once in a while, almost never, a story drops out of the sky and lands with a magical "plink" in your inbox. That's what happened with my latest Column One about a secret seahorse city beneath the waves in Long Beach. (It's a THREAD!) https://t.co/wiweA6t78m

— Deborah Netburn (@DeborahNetburn) July 9, 2019

17. One retweet per 135 followers (average):

Happy Friday, here's a praying mantis wearing glasses. https://t.co/YPvz2Su7UW

— Lisa Grossman (@astrolisa) July 12, 2019

18. One retweet per 139 followers (average):

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by reading about the women who made space flight possible and who broke the celestial glass ceiling.

Thanks @CA_AstroComm for inspiring this list! 🚀✨https://t.co/CjmXe0Zyr7 #WomenInSTEM #Books #ReadMoreScience

— Sarah Olson (@ReadMoreScience) July 15, 2019

19. One retweet per 142 followers (average):

Interesting companion (much more in-depth, obv) to the piece I did for @undarkmag on what it’s like for geoengineering researchers to study something they wish did not exist: https://t.co/wdXACWulO1 https://t.co/QUNK4tGVOJ

— Dave Levitan (@davelevitan) July 9, 2019

20. One retweet per 146 followers (average):

What happens when you can see disaster unfolding, and nobody listens? Excellent writing @DavidCornDC. https://t.co/PIxjhurwYr

— Akshat Rathi (@AkshatRathi) July 10, 2019