Entomology grad student Dalton Ludwig started it. It's great. Knowing that scientists are just as bugged — especially entymologists — about misconceptions as the rest of us, Ludwig asked a simple question on Twitter:
If you could have the entire world know just one thing about your field of study, then what would it be? #MyOneScienceTweet— Dalton Ludwick (@EntoLudwick) October 27, 2017
The response has been amazing, and if you can't have fun reading what scientists of all sorts have posted, you don't like science. Here are 23 of our favorites.
1. So, obviously, some things should be said right away.
Microbiology student Patrick Kyle Taylor offers one such fact.
2. But then, University of Kentucky’s Vaillancourt Lab shares a juicy secret.
Some fungi have more than 20,000 sexes. But we can't tell them apart by how they look. Only the fungi know. #MyOneScienceTweet— Vaillancourt Lab (@VaillancourtLab) October 30, 2017
3. “Anthropologist in biologist clothing” “S Holly” want to restate the terms of the debate here.
4. While we’re at it, somebody at NYU Primatology would like people to stop — already — making evolution sound silly and insulting by repeating this.
Insulted (HELEN BUCKLAND)
5. Oh, also, David Moscato must be as frustrated as we are when people say a an organism particular mutation so it can [fill in the blank]. It doesn’t have it for a reason. It just happens to be advantageous, and sometimes not even that.
6. OB/GYN Jennifer Gunter has no patience for GOOP-y pseudo-science. Also a way with a metaphor.
Vaginas are like self cleaning ovens so no soaps, cleansing, douches or anything GOOP is selling https://t.co/uhEv7JE5v0— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) October 30, 2017
7. Weird that race is such a big deal, given that it’s not real, biological anthropologist Tina Lasisi reminds everyone. Relax people, it’s not a biological distinction; it’s cultural.
8. Ecologist, entomologist, and writer Terry McGlynn would like to point out that saving species is just for them.
9. We did not know this, Thomas Clements.
10. Linguist “Lisa” has a reminder for those who get all upset about the way people talk these days.
11. Tweet, y’all. Thank yew very mush, Lydia Rocheleau.
12. Ben Britton “plays with metals,” and he wants us to know this.
Some steels now have strengths in excess of 1 GPa, due to innovations in materials science, which means a single clothing pin can carry my entire body weight #MyOneScienceTweet— Dr Ben Britton (@BMatB) October 28, 2017
13. Let’s let frustrated ecologist Michelle LaRue vent.
14. No excuse, people, says Nanette Johnson.
15. Paleontologist Dean R. Lomax has had enough with the swimming dinosaurs already…
Ichthyosaurs are not swimming dinosaurs. Just no. #MyOneScienceTweet— Dean R. Lomax (@Dean_R_Lomax) October 30, 2017
17. Did “Kyle” try this himself? If so, you got lucky, friend.
This one, the melibe. (ROBIN AGARWAL)
18. I’m glad someone said this. Thanks, planetary astronomer Michael Busch.
19. As close to TMI as we want to get. But still, interesting, Tom Price.
Ancestral sperm competition means men ejaculate ~350 million sperm. Enough to father the world’s population in 20 wanks! #MyOneScienceTweet— Tom Price (@TomARPrice) October 30, 2017
20. James Pitt explains why you might let the human pick the restaurant.
21. Whoah. This creepy plant fact is from biologist Daniel Torrico B.
Plants can hear caterpillar's bites vibrations and response chemically to them #MyOneScienceTweet— Daniel Torrico B (@danitobaz) October 28, 2017
22. Molecular ecologist Sciencegurl has a garden tip.
Yes, it has a cute name but don’t plant baby’s breath in your garden!! #MyOneScienceTweet— Sciencegurl (@sciencegurlz0) October 30, 2017
23. And finally:
New gems are appearing on #MyOneScienceTweet all the time.