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Professional Science Writers' Recent Top Links

Updated: 2020-Jan-29 14:21 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 48 followers (average):

Earth continues to bake on high. 2019 was 2nd hottest year on Earth, a fiery exclamation point to globe's hottest decade on record.https://t.co/PLwzAd1JbC pic.twitter.com/wJsyDyGWaj

— seth borenstein (@borenbears) January 15, 2020

2. One retweet per 55 followers (average):

Here's another comparison showing the dimming of #Betelgeuse - this time shot at 50mm focal length (and cropped in on Orion). At left is a shot from Jan 2019, right is the one from last night. Identical equipment/exposures/apertures etc.

HQ version here: https://t.co/V2PGbskgVI pic.twitter.com/ailwKLfAdn

— Will Gater (@willgater) January 19, 2020

3. One retweet per 69 followers (average):

Aus fires having significant impact on climate. https://t.co/0qM4TaoQjt

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) January 24, 2020

4. One retweet per 83 followers (average):

If you're struggling to see the change in the brightness of #Betelgeuse in that comparison, here's an animation blinking between the two views.https://t.co/bUVPEcMrGk pic.twitter.com/5kMpxJr7Bg

— Will Gater (@willgater) January 19, 2020

5. One retweet per 88 followers (average):

A brief #TaalVolcano update: the cloud-and-ash-penetrating radar systems on the Finnish @iceyefi satellite constellation have managed to peer into the heart of the volcanic island where the eruption is currently focused, and dramatic changes are afoot!https://t.co/7HUIxwDfIg

— Dr Robin George Andrews 🌋 (@SquigglyVolcano) January 17, 2020

6. One retweet per 91 followers (average):

Trump Tax Break That Benefited the Rich Is Being Investigated
The Treasury Department’s watchdog said it was looking into the Opportunity Zone program, a multibillion-dollar tax break that is supposed to help low-income areas. https://t.co/iIBm32uKcZ via @NYTimes

— Michael Balter (@mbalter) January 16, 2020

7. One retweet per 92 followers (average):

Now on @sciam: Slowly, methodically—some might say "painfully"—astronomers are gathering evidence for a 2nd planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the Sun's nearest neighboring star. My latest story is about the curious case of this possible world, Proxima c:https://t.co/NrX1zENEXx

— Lee Billings (@LeeBillings) January 15, 2020

8. One retweet per 102 followers (average):

In 2019, the UK bought some 600,000 tonnes of coal from Australia. Plans to do so again in 2020. https://t.co/6j74reUIi8

— Akshat Rathi (@AkshatRathi) January 20, 2020

9. One retweet per 103 followers (average):

A haunting story from Kangaroo Island by @PostScottWilson. Only half of the 50k koalas that lived there survived the #bushfires, but the food they need to survive did not. “And we really don’t have a full count. It could be much worse.” https://t.co/ylDWSnL0eo

— Darryl Fears (@bydarrylfears) January 23, 2020

10. One retweet per 112 followers (average):

Over two weeks, 101 black teenagers were asked to document the subtle forms of racism they face on a daily basis. We turned the results into a sample survey you can take to compare and -- if you are white -- contrast your own experience. https://t.co/VO3NPIK979

— Amy Harmon (@amy_harmon) January 20, 2020

11. One retweet per 115 followers (average):

Another #TaalVolcano update for @ForbesScience: Although the eruption itself appears to have all but fizzled out, subsurface rumblings and plenty of steaming vents make it clear that this is a volcano perfectly capable of a deadly explosive ambush. https://t.co/GWSL48J6B2

— Dr Robin George Andrews 🌋 (@SquigglyVolcano) January 24, 2020

12. One retweet per 121 followers (average):

Wow. 20,000 acres of private land in the Everglades is being bought by the state to protect it from oil drilling and add to the Everglades restoration water conservation area. This...seems like good news! https://t.co/CRiT7wSe78

— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) January 21, 2020

13. One retweet per 121 followers (average):

SCOOPLET: Iran looks like it's readying another space launch attempt, according to new imagery from @planetlabs and shared via @MIIS. https://t.co/bL5GaKjkYr

— Geoff Brumfiel (@gbrumfiel) January 27, 2020

14. One retweet per 123 followers (average):

470 million years ago, algae picked up a gene from soil bacteria, and that's how you got vegetation that could live on land. And have salads. @sciam 🎧 by @aisneed https://t.co/vtWd4XHFjA pic.twitter.com/oCggrKlvDP

— (((Steve Mirsky))) (@SteveMirsky) January 15, 2020

15. One retweet per 128 followers (average):

2020 will set a record for the fastest increase in CO2 levels, since data keeping began in Mauna Loa in 1958

One of the reasons: 900 million tonnes of CO2 that Australia's fires pumped out--about the same as all commercial planes

Story w/ @LauraMillanL https://t.co/N0EvBGQnoV

— Akshat Rathi (@AkshatRathi) January 24, 2020

16. One retweet per 135 followers (average):

Now on @sciam: Astronomers may have a legal remedy to their complaints re: light pollution from SpaceX's Starlink and other satellite mega constellations: sue the licensing agency, the FCC, which may be in violation of a 1970 federal law. By @Astro_Jonny.https://t.co/jq2c3Pxou7

— Lee Billings (@LeeBillings) January 16, 2020

17. One retweet per 164 followers (average):

Here is one of the latest analyses of the new coronavirus, with an estimated R0 of 2.6

Remember, though: R0 is just one factor. It's still early, data are still coming in, and all the statistics are likely to keep changing https://t.co/JhQbsqmEMF

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) January 25, 2020

18. One retweet per 165 followers (average):

This Is What We'll See When Betelgeuse Really Does Go Supernovahttps://t.co/e3svgbskfc
There are a lot of visual signals that will arrive, but the neutrinos come first, then there's a brilliant but brief spike in brightness, then a slow rise to maximum, a fall-off, and more.

— Ethan Siegel (@StartsWithABang) January 23, 2020

19. One retweet per 171 followers (average):

Skype a Scientist is a free program that matches scientists w/ classrooms, scout troops, & other groups for Q&A sessions!

You can sign up as a scientist OR to get matched w/a scientist at https://t.co/zSLwQxW0SK

Here's a search tool to browse scientists!https://t.co/mNka0G0gi4

— Rose DF (@_Astro_Nerd_) January 27, 2020

20. One retweet per 171 followers (average):

Skype a Scientist is a free program that matches scientists w/ classrooms, scout troops, & other groups for Q&A sessions!

You can sign up as a scientist OR to get matched w/a scientist at https://t.co/zSLwQxW0SK

Here's a search tool to browse scientists!https://t.co/mNka0G0gi4

— Rose DF (@_Astro_Nerd_) January 27, 2020