Professional Science Writers' Recent Top Links

Updated: 2019-Nov-17 14:20 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):

Shaming a man without shame, a judge has backed @Fahrenthold's reporting & ordered what's left of the Trump Foundation to pay $2 million to charities because the man who is now our president operated it illegally for his own personal & political gain. https://t.co/tBD2cay0Fk

— Dan Fagin (@danfagin) November 7, 2019

2. One retweet per 35 followers (average):

Hvaldimir appeared in waters near Hammerfest, Norway this past spring wearing a harness reportedly labeled "Equipment of St. Petersburg," which led to speculation that he may have been trained to be a Russian spy https://t.co/kisSGNGTgW pic.twitter.com/BxWCsRviQK

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) November 9, 2019

3. One retweet per 40 followers (average):

My letter to the BBC Complaints about the shocking errors and distortions in last week's @bbcquestiontime. Feel free to send your own. The clip is here https://t.co/7rFd1iyF5i pic.twitter.com/jh7Y1ExYe5

— Philip Ball (@philipcball) November 3, 2019

4. One retweet per 56 followers (average):

Must read: “For us farmers climate change is the headline to our lives, but McCormack's Nationals avert their gaze” - A searing and personal piece by ⁦@gabriellechan⁩. https://t.co/XDbGMZrLpx

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) November 11, 2019

5. One retweet per 66 followers (average):

An island in the Kingdom of Tonga, one that's been around since 1995, just blew itself up in an act of extreme home redecoration.

The underlying volcano then made another island nearby that's four times the size of the old one. :D

Me, for @NYTScience. https://t.co/F38IoVxGMW

— Dr Robin George Andrews 🌋 (@SquigglyVolcano) November 14, 2019

6. One retweet per 69 followers (average):

MSG is a *wonderful* seasoning that is, essentially, salt and it's maligned by Westerners (mostly because of racism) even though it's extremely popular in Asia. I've written about the science of MSG and the history of America unfairly turning against it: https://t.co/sTBF6lQ6KF https://t.co/9FTtj2S0zh

— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) November 9, 2019

7. One retweet per 72 followers (average):

"the lessons girls learn when they’re young about setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected last a lifetime, and can influence how she feels about herself and her body as she gets older" https://t.co/VABvMEQWDM

— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) November 11, 2019

8. One retweet per 88 followers (average):

Folks, I have officially set up a GoFundMe. I am attempting to raise a certain amount before the end of the month (when I need to decide whether I am enrolling in classes).

You do not need to donate. But, it would mean the world to me to continue school.https://t.co/NiT6H0hUHC pic.twitter.com/cCJNqvnOqB

— Sarah Olson (@ReadMoreScience) November 16, 2019

9. One retweet per 93 followers (average):

It may or may not surprise you to learn that Apple's new, $249 AirPods Pro are basically disposable.

As with the original AirPods, the battery can't be replaced. It eventually dies, as lithium batteries do.

They can't really be recycled, either. https://t.co/i73hUPu1OX

— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) November 5, 2019

10. One retweet per 93 followers (average):

"Nevada completed its first project on U.S. 93 in 2010 at a cost of about $2.2 million. Over the next four years, NDOT found that more than 35,000 mule deer used the crossings."

If you build it...https://t.co/tceq5iQiLp

— Ben Goldfarb (@ben_a_goldfarb) November 13, 2019

11. One retweet per 97 followers (average):

Blue holes are fantastical geological works of art. They are also spider webs for sediments, making them archives of the ghosts of hurricanes past - and one has been found to contain cyclone records going back a staggering *1,500 years.*

Me, for @NatGeo. https://t.co/1FGHbDLqLP

— Dr Robin George Andrews 🌋 (@SquigglyVolcano) November 11, 2019

12. One retweet per 109 followers (average):

Most countries' climate plans 'totally inadequate', say experts

- US and Brazil unlikely to meet Paris agreement pledges
- Saudi Arabia has no emission cut target
- Russia has failed to make any pledge
- 75% of 184 national pledges 'insufficienthttps://t.co/5yFdEXmnuy

— Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) November 5, 2019

13. One retweet per 110 followers (average):

"One domestic worker said she was instructed to remain and safeguard a home in an evacuation zone as her employer fled. She was trapped for about a week. To survive, she shared food and water with a group of day laborers at a home next door." https://t.co/NZUUtBmuaR

— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) November 13, 2019

14. One retweet per 111 followers (average):

On Nov 7 Alon Kowen posted a video on Facebook allegedly showing South African rugby fans playing fetch w/ a beluga "close to the South Pole." Few people questioned the provenance or why there would be a beluga so far south; they inhabit the far North https://t.co/wLpE6HXxWq

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) November 9, 2019

15. One retweet per 131 followers (average):

Here we go again: Venice tidal forecast for Sunday is now 160 cm (5'3"). That would be the fourth highest on record, after Tuesday's second highest on record, and it's enough to flood more than 70% of Venice. This is ridiculous. https://t.co/HgJlwXMVaY pic.twitter.com/wXdoeVDTXz

— Bob Henson (@bhensonweather) November 16, 2019

16. One retweet per 134 followers (average):

Climate emergency declared by 11,000 scientists worldwide who warn of 'catastrophic threat' to humanity https://t.co/zElaioRS1y

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) November 5, 2019

17. One retweet per 141 followers (average):

SCOOPLETTE: North Korea has massed dozens of military aircraft at Wonsan International Airport, analysts at @38NorthNK tell @NPR. It appears to be a the latest show of military hardware:https://t.co/cFUmzv56zq

— Geoff Brumfiel (@gbrumfiel) November 14, 2019

18. One retweet per 141 followers (average):

"We enter the next decade with interest rates at 5,000-year lows, the largest asset bubble in history, a planet that is heating up, and a deflationary profile of debt, disruption and demographics," the report warns. https://t.co/OfCISGZsLE

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) November 13, 2019

19. One retweet per 149 followers (average):

Because H. has spent so much time in captivity he seems unable to join a wild pod & remains at least semi-dependent on human care. There have been disturbing reports that H. has been injured by propellors & anglers and that people have prodded & jabbed him https://t.co/fy2EW5cn26 pic.twitter.com/NZWRMB40Zr

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) November 9, 2019

20. One retweet per 150 followers (average):

Woof. Okay, I have some thoughts.https://t.co/X6W9KOm8jl

— Dave Levitan (@davelevitan) November 9, 2019