Having newly acquired a smartphone, I can attest to the potential of these devices to be distracting. However, the ability to stay updated on the latest science news is a great benefit, and a number of scientists and science organizations (including this blog) have taken to Twitter as a means of communication. Here are ten of the most interesting, amusing, or informative feeds I follow on a daily basis.
Neil deGrasse Tyson – The popular astrophysicist provides a humorous but scientific perspective on current events, as exemplified by his recent spin on the Alex Rodriguez doping scanadal. Oh, and he’s met Superman.
What-If Numbers – This feed documents the research conducted by xkcd’s Randall Munroe as he prepares his weekly “What If” blog, reporting such unusual statistics as the total number of living teeth in the US (over 7 billion) and the combined length, in miles, of all living blue whales (120).
YA BOY BILL NYE – While the real Bill Nye does have a Twitter, it’s rarely as amusing as this over-the-top (and slightly NSFW) parody. Contained in the craziness are often some cool science facts, like the ability of turkeys to run 20 miles an hour.
Science Magazine – For a more serious take on the news of the day, there’s no more authoritative source than the feed of the world’s leading journal.
Joanna Manaster – This professor from my graduate alma mater provides a very accessible perspective on current biology and other science, often with a healthy dose of nerd culture thrown in.
Kevin Corbett – Any students would be advised to follow this feed, which focuses on the growth of technology use in higher education and the concept of “gamification,” where video games power learning and achievement.
Marion Nestle – Nestle, a professor at New York University, combines political and scientific news into a comprehensive picture of the agricultural and food issues facing the United States and the world at large.