Professional Science Writers' Recent Top Links

Updated: 2019-May-24 14:43 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 17 followers (average):

Exclusive: ‘The devil is in the detail': CSIRO pushed to approve Adani water plans within hours https://t.co/br7kZhR02Z

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) May 13, 2019

2. One retweet per 21 followers (average):

god level craigslist found cat https://t.co/6fEokrU6Yl

— Elizabeth Lopatto (@mslopatto) May 23, 2019

3. One retweet per 29 followers (average):

- It's 84 degrees Fahrenheit at the Arctic Ocean
- Atmospheric CO2 concentrations just hit 415 parts per million

"By themselves, these are just data points. But taken together, they blend into the unmistakable portrait of human-induced climate change."https://t.co/jCnCeumAJG

— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) May 14, 2019

4. One retweet per 57 followers (average):

Anti-vax doctors have been using 23andMe tests to grant vaccine exemptions.

I traced it all back to a single paper from 2008. In hindsight, one of the authors was blistering about his own paper: "It’s just not even a valid study by today’s methodology" https://t.co/dS7ZPOnJZQ

— Sarah Zhang (@sarahzhang) May 23, 2019

5. One retweet per 58 followers (average):

hey! i watched tuca and bertie. i really loved it, i laughed and cried a lot, and think everyone should watch it. i'm also a huge dummy who loves birds, so i went birding through the show. https://t.co/kShXixkkEI

— ryan (@RyanFMandelbaum) May 17, 2019

6. One retweet per 58 followers (average):

Coalition's climate policy has allowed heavy industry to increase emissions by nearly a third https://t.co/gNquRz4dZM

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) May 18, 2019

7. One retweet per 66 followers (average):

"'What’s really happening at [six weeks] is that our ultrasound technology has gotten good enough to be able to detect electrical activity in a rudimentary group of cells.'"

FYI: The so-called "heartbeat laws" are not based on an actual heart beating.https://t.co/YhdOhqhxef

— Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD (@webmz_) May 19, 2019

8. One retweet per 68 followers (average):

IT's HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't thank my co-authors enough, and the scientists who contributed their "selfies" to make this study possible. What a journey. Seriously, what an amazing journey. @PLOSONE #scientistswhoselfie https://t.co/TLgWjbA2Gg pic.twitter.com/7mnJzQ6BiW

— Dr. Paige Jarreau (@FromTheLabBench) May 10, 2019

9. One retweet per 71 followers (average):

Internal CSIRO correspondence reveals the science agency was pushed to formally accept the Federal Government's approval of Adani's water plans in a single afternoon. https://t.co/fjeSP1JAU1

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) May 18, 2019

10. One retweet per 72 followers (average):

HUGE science journalism news: New @nature policy allows scientists to discuss their work with the media with no fear of having their paper rejected because of it: https://t.co/wzD5P2igKp https://t.co/SRlkdtEcet pic.twitter.com/KZmF0YwaWN

— Michael Moyer (@mmoyr) May 16, 2019

11. One retweet per 73 followers (average):

We like to call these animals bad moms, but they're really just trying to make a living! https://t.co/kV0QrMjYWm #mothersday @NatGeo

— Christine Dell'Amore (@cdellamore) May 10, 2019

12. One retweet per 74 followers (average):

Today, we have a new, modern definition of the kilogram, and a few other spiffed up units to boot. But maintaining a system of units is an unending task: Soon we might need to redefine seconds. https://t.co/qMkggx7fB6

— Emily Conover (@emcconover) May 20, 2019

13. One retweet per 77 followers (average):

This is the hardest story I’ve ever done. My first international reporting trip, my first time working with a translator (reporter/WhatsApp whisperer @PaulaMoura_BR) really complex science. And a tough but necessary truth about forest carbon offsets. https://t.co/JNJvr9sgzK

— Lisa Song (@lisalsong) May 22, 2019

14. One retweet per 83 followers (average):

Melissa Price insists new Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority boss Josh Thomas passed a merit-based assessment, but failed to mention his former role as one of her senior advisers. https://t.co/v9ssDrHd5T

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) May 18, 2019

15. One retweet per 84 followers (average):

Trump's Doral resort in Miami isn't his only property in decline. Mar-A-Lago also had a sharp revenue drop. https://t.co/YQTdWFPY39 @Fahrenthold @OConnellPostbiz

— Darryl Fears (@bydarrylfears) May 16, 2019

16. One retweet per 90 followers (average):

The world's largest uranium producer, Canada's Cameco, wants to develop the mine potentially leading to the clearing of 2,500 hectares of native vegetation, causing environmentalists and traditional owners deep concern. https://t.co/HCJDhf4r4G

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) May 18, 2019

17. One retweet per 94 followers (average):

Any student of WW2 will get chills of recognition reading about this secret White House plan to conduct a "blitz operation" against thousands of migrant families and children. Stephen Miller is a dangerous psychopath, a Nazi of the old school. https://t.co/t7soXR6mCQ

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) May 14, 2019

18. One retweet per 99 followers (average):

'Unparalleled': A million species at risk as humanity's impact rises https://t.co/apSj1oAaKm

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) May 18, 2019

19. One retweet per 114 followers (average):

New style guide from the @Guardian:
climate skeptic => climate science denier
global warming => global heating
climate change => climate emergency
by @dpcarrington

— Laura Helmuth (@laurahelmuth) May 17, 2019

20. One retweet per 116 followers (average):

Handwritten documents obtained by the ABC appear to directly contradict Melissa Price's statement that Adani "accepted in full" changes sought by scientists to limit the impact of its controversial Queensland coal mine. https://t.co/5qQUPeOWho

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) May 18, 2019