Scientists are some of the most brilliant minds in society, which can make what they do and what they know difficult for others to wrap their brains around. With that in mind, the Twitter hashtag #MyOneScienceTweet is encouraging scientists from all fields to share their knowledge with others. Started by entomologist Dalton Ludwick in 2017, it's turned into a fascinating thread for scientists to share facts, dispel myths, and shut down misconceptions.
Whether discussing important issues like climate change or reinforcing scientific facts around vaccines or simply having a laugh at everyday science blunders, the thread is a wealth of information. Two years later, #MyOneScienceTweet is as active as ever. For any layperson who was interested in picking the brain of a scientist, it's the perfect way to dive into the mysteries of the scientific world.
From physicists and biologist to linguists and anthropologists, there are a wide array of professionals who have chosen to represent their field publicly. Some facts will surprise you, while others will encourage you to investigate further.
Let's take a look at some of the interesting facts shared through the #MyOneScienceTweet on Twitter.
Sometimes we learn interesting scientific facts.
Although opinions on the exact numbers vary, at least 50% of the cells in your body are not actually human, they’re microbes. We all are more than 50% bacteria. #MyOneScienceTweet
— Laura Luebbert (@NeuroLuebbert) November 17, 2019
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
5 billion people do not have access to #SafeSurgery when needed, making surgically treatable conditions responsible for over 17 million deaths every year, equaling more than 1 EVERY 2 SECONDS. #GlobalSurgery #SurgeryUHC #MyOneScienceTweet pic.twitter.com/WwlnPpfxtA
— Dominique Vervoort, MD (@DVervoort94) November 28, 2017
Diatoms are microscopic algae, so important to life on the planet that, if they disappeared, much of everything else would go as well. They comprise most of the phytoplankton in the ocean and periphyton in rivers. #godiatoms #diatoms https://t.co/ik1j65qZ7W
— Angelcure (@angelcure) November 16, 2019
— Rodrigo Bombardi (@Dr_Monsoon) October 28, 2017
Ichthyosaurs and Pterosaurs are NOT dinosaurs.
— Dr Thomas Clements (@Thomas_Clements) October 30, 2017
Often we learn more about our own behavior.
— Rosie Horner (@rosieh0rner) November 2, 2017
— Dr. Jens Foell (@fMRI_guy) October 29, 2017
Much of what we hold to be true now will be proved wrong in the future.
This is part of the process.#MyOneScienceTweet
— Andy MacLeod (@nailest) November 16, 2019
Once our basic physical needs are met, all misery and wellbeing is bound up in our relationships with one another. #MyOneScienceTweet
— Dr Robert Brooks (@RobBrooks77) November 17, 2019
Other times scientists are breaking down common misconceptions.
— David Moscato (@DMos150) October 30, 2017
There are over 200 types of cancer, and over 7 billion unique genetic codes on this planet that cause it.
There will never be a “cure” for cancer. #MyOneScienceTweet
— Amy Rice ♕ (@Rice_cakes1738) November 17, 2019
— Julie Old (@dasyuridae) November 16, 2019
#MyOneScienceTweet#Autism is a spectrum. This means that some people need a lot of assistance and others don’t. It’s still a valid diagnosis either way. It isn’t a #disease . It isn’t the end of someone’s future. It is a disability that many people live with.
— Chelsie Hart (@ChelsieMHart) November 16, 2019
Cochlear implants are tools, but do not “cure” deafness nor turns #deaf children into “hearing” people.
— Kym Meyer (@KymPMeyer) November 17, 2019
Chemicals are not inherently bad for you. Literally everything is a chemical. #MyOneScienceTweet
— – (@pH14Anna) April 25, 2018
— Megan Greenwell (@megangreenwell1) November 17, 2019
There is no incorrect language or dialect. We arbitrarily judge the language used by those historically in power as being “correct.” This is why colonizer dialects (Spanish in Spain, English in England) are evaluated more highly.
— Christian DiCanio (@ctdicanio) November 22, 2018
And every once in awhile, they even make us laugh.
Sulfites don't give you a headache when you drink wine! Alcohol does! #MyOneScienceTweet
— Jan Maxwell (@hintofthevine) November 19, 2019
— Dr Erica McAlister (@flygirlNHM) November 2, 2017
— Liti Haramaty (@LeeTeeK) November 17, 2019
— Andre Eccel Vellwock (@AVellwock) November 17, 2019
Domestic cats are responsible for way, way, WAY more bird deaths than wind farms #MyOneScienceTweet
— Lesley Jamieson (@ElleJay49) November 16, 2019
— Dr. Michelle LaRue (@drmichellelarue) October 30, 2017