Professional Science Writers' Recent Top Tweets

Updated: 2020-Jan-29 14:23 UTC. Listed tweets: 20. Based on tweets of Professional Science Writers on Twitter. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Professional Science Writers' tweets from past 7 days most retweeted per follower:

1. One retweet per 6 followers:

The viral thread quoted below is missing essential context and contains numerous errors. It does not reflect the latest evidence. #2019nCoV

Here is a new thread with the facts: https://t.co/ot6PLP7aok

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) January 25, 2020

2. One retweet per 6 followers:

You're a regular on Bill Maher! What the fuck are you talking about! What the fuck is everyone talking about! https://t.co/6jIVEh2S4N

— Rafi ~bash my teeth in if I primary tweet~ Letzter (@RafiLetzter) January 25, 2020

3. One retweet per 8 followers:

Space Force logo and its two main influences. pic.twitter.com/rDBXXzeIdA

— Eric Roston (@eroston) January 24, 2020

4. One retweet per 8 followers:

If you're asking when climate change is going to "happen," you're really asking when's it going to happen to "me," because it's already happened to many other people.

— Eric Roston (@eroston) January 28, 2020

5. One retweet per 11 followers:

In the 13th century a schoolboy named Onfim, perhaps bored during class, started doodling on his birch bark. He drew himself as a warrior & as "A WILD BEAST" and scribbled a greeting to his friend Daniel.

These are his drawings, unearthed by archaeologists near Novgorod, Russia pic.twitter.com/eBybtaciTv

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) January 24, 2020

6. One retweet per 21 followers:

The claim that "we are now faced with the most virulent virus epidemic the world has ever seen" and that the new coronavirus is 8x as infectious as SARS is completely untrue. Even if the R0 were 3.8 that would be nowhere near a record.

Here is some context w/ a range of R0s: pic.twitter.com/mESegkytXr

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) January 25, 2020

7. One retweet per 21 followers:

Make no mistake: Pompeo's meltdown, Trump's rants, the continuous "outrage" of Trump's lawyers, the Kavanaugh whinefest - it's all the same trick: using explosive male rage to intimidate people asking smart questions about their crimes. pic.twitter.com/5BEDwYqAAH

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) January 24, 2020

8. One retweet per 33 followers:

Oh wow. pic.twitter.com/uiJfOS1L1H

— Miriam Kramer (@mirikramer) January 24, 2020

9. One retweet per 41 followers:

How cool is this? A new up-to-the-minute #coronavirus outbreak tracker from @JohnsHopkins https://t.co/vdVACIZ7mk pic.twitter.com/GajBeJWBXB

— Julia Belluz (@juliaoftoronto) January 22, 2020

10. One retweet per 51 followers:

None of this is to belittle what is happening. The outbreak in China is a genuine public health emergency.

But the essential data are still being collected and assessed. Sweeping and alarmist claims about unprecedented global threat are neither warranted nor helpful.#2019nCoV

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) January 25, 2020

11. One retweet per 52 followers:

Wow. Wow. Wow. Reading through the criminal complaint against nanotechnology researcher Charles Lieber at Harvard (courtsey of @relucasz). This is nuts.

Lieber was offered $50,000 a month and $150K+ for collaborating with Wuhan University of Technology. pic.twitter.com/hL6hNMRjHb

— Geoff Brumfiel (@gbrumfiel) January 28, 2020

12. One retweet per 69 followers:

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

— Michael Slezak (@MikeySlezak) January 24, 2020

13. One retweet per 78 followers:

Greenhouse gas emissions across the supply chain via @OurWorldInData In other words, food choices matter in combatting #ClimateChange pic.twitter.com/XJPnVuUcd0

— Sheril Kirshenbaum (@Sheril_) January 26, 2020

14. One retweet per 92 followers:

No. I love Jane Goodall with all my heart, but the vast majority of modern climate change has been caused by a small minority of the world’s population. Blaming population is off-base if you don’t blame consumption first. https://t.co/vO87vDrNJi

— Joe Hanson (@DrJoeHanson) January 26, 2020

15. One retweet per 100 followers:

A 3°C hotter world by 2100--the new This is Fine scenario for Panglossian economists with no background in geoscience--is a global catastrophe and, at this speed, unprecedented in the Cenozoic Era

— Peter🌋📈⛰️🌧️📉Brannen (@PeterBrannen1) January 25, 2020

16. One retweet per 101 followers:

The claim that the new coronavirus has an R0 of 3.8 is based on this paper https://t.co/chhqlh1S7P

The authors of that paper emphasize the high degree of uncertainty and have already downgraded their estimate to an R0 of 2.5 https://t.co/SwMoQm58hz

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) January 25, 2020

17. One retweet per 103 followers:

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

18. One retweet per 109 followers:

The chair of Harvard University's chemistry department has been arrested and charged with lying about payments from China: https://t.co/oBoSAqdmEF

— Michael Moyer (@mmoyr) January 28, 2020

19. One retweet per 113 followers:

Vesuvius’ infamous eruption was so frightening that some people prayed for death to end their terror.

Two new studies bring that horror home: Sheltering people were baked, and one person’s brain may have melted before turning into glass!

Me, for @NatGeo https://t.co/qBKEAcAJxs

— Dr Robin George Andrews 🌋 (@SquigglyVolcano) January 23, 2020

20. One retweet per 114 followers:

This is a great resource: an interactive map of confirmed novel coronavirus infections and deaths around the world, frequently updated.

Created by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, John Hopkins University. Last update: 10PM EST Jan 25https://t.co/uzj1ZR2DVW pic.twitter.com/TRyZ6tL0v7

— Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) January 26, 2020