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The Top Five Twitter Feeds for Your Science Fix
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Twitter is definitely one of the most convenient spots on the web to harvest information quickly. Savvy Tweeters set up “lists” of feeds to follow that can be categorized by topic. For example, we’ve set up over a dozen lists, many of which are sorted by K-12 subject: English, math, music, art, foreign language, etc. And lately, it seems that our list of science-related feeds is the one we can’t get enough of.

We find ourselves compelled quite often to click on these Tweets for further reading, to “favorite” them, and to “share” them with our followers. Beyond that, we think that many of these science feeds could be useful starting points for students conducting research or teachers looking to supplement classroom material with some of the latest information from the field. So, without further ado, here is our list of the “Top Five Twitter Feeds for your Science Fix.”

5. @WiredScience - If you like the magazine, you’ll love the Twitter feed, which, according to its description, Tweets about “science, space, energy, and robot sharks with lasers.” The team of four that runs the feed knows where to find the most stimulating stuff, from a catalogue of deciphered gorilla mating calls to cute pictures of sunbathing sea otters. And if you or your students are into planets and stars, then you’ll really love their RT’s (Twitterese for ReTweets) of @wiredspacephotos’s content.

4. @AMNH - The American Museum of Natural History has long been a popular NYC school field trip destination; its Twitter feed is one of the best places to begin a virtual field trip. Not only do they keep followers up-to-date on the most recent museum exhibitions, but they also share highlights from museum-supported field work around the world. In one recent Tweet forum, museum docents answered questions from viewers live-streaming marine biology research aboard the sea vessel Alucia, stationed in the Solomon Islands. Pretty cool.

3. @ScienceFriday - This Twitter feed is almost as much fun to follow as the beloved NPR program it supports. @ScienceFriday’s followers are privy to cool and fun stuff that doesn’t make it onto the air (such as a photo of Ig Nobel prize winners donning mouse ears at a post-award-ceremony cocktail party). Teachers will love all the Tweeted links to articles, photos, and videos, and students will appreciate that the feed helps bring to life the interesting personalities behind groundbreaking science.

2. @ScienceNewsOrg - This official Twitter feed of the publisher @Society4Science is a great one-stop-shop for all things science. If there’s a science feed that’s mastered the art of the RT (ReTweet), this is it. They share Tweets from their own diverse staff of science reporters and editors, such as @thsaey, who Tweets (and reports) about molecular biology, and @lilaguterman, who has her eye on a wide range of science-related news. And its offshoot, @ScienceNewsKids, is an especially great resource for grades Pre-K through 8 students and teachers. Check it out!

1. @PopSci - The magazine Popular Science has been popular for years because it takes really high-falutin, sciencey science and makes it accessible for the mass populus (Latin for “people” or “population.”) Its Twitter feed, @PopSci, takes that accessible science and packages it in 140 characters or less, enticing followers to click links, RT, and MT (Twitterese for Modified Tweet) with luring questions (“Can wireless electricity kill people?”) and playful content headlines (“The 7 Nerdiest places to explore on Google Street View”). Educators looking for last-minute lesson ideas (especially for a Friday afternoon) will find plenty of fun and engaging stuff on @PopSci.