Thanks to the magic and wizardry of the internet, scientists are able to somehow send us messages by displaying colors and words on our screens — and we get to learn a few things in the process.
PhD candidate Dalton Ludwick last Thursday asked scientists in the Twitter community to weigh in with tweets describing what they did for a living.
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
Things took a delightful turn when, rather than simply trying to condense their respective fields down to a tweet-able statement, hundreds took to the platform to report the one science-related thing they want people to know.
The resulting statements paint a beautiful menagerie of knowledge and wisdom, and shine a light on what scientists – and science enthusiasts – think about the world at large.
People with Disability enrich our lives and advance understanding of science and the world. If we only learn to listen. #MyOneScienceTweet
— Michael Manning (@ReTweetAbleMike) October 28, 2017
— Michelle LaRue (@drmichellelarue) October 30, 2017
— Dr. David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter) October 28, 2017
Some tweeters used the hashtag to speak out on controversial issues:
— Rodrigo Bombardi (@Dr_Monsoon) October 28, 2017
— Daniel Summers (@WFKARS) October 29, 2017
Others reminded us how wonderful our species and the world we live in truly are:
Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was.
Theodore von Karman #MyOneScienceTweet
— TheMadEngineer (@Renesht) November 2, 2017
You are a star. Actually though, you're made out of the same elements found in stars. #MyOneScienceTweet
— Dizzy (@CDISCO) November 2, 2017
Everyone has the potential to be a scientist. So never say science isn’t for me because science is for everyone. #MyOneScienceTweet
— Gabriel Santos (@PaleoParadoX) October 30, 2017
And some we just couldn’t help but smile at:
If you listen closely, almost all the animal sounds you hear mean: "mine," "look out!" "back off!" & "wanna get it on?" #MyOneScienceTweet
— Matt Wilkins (@mattwilkinsbio) October 30, 2017
— Alex Evans (@alexevans91) October 29, 2017
— Christine Pulliam (@cristinepulliam) October 28, 2017
Any opportunity to spread some good ole’ fashioned rational thought is a great thing, and it’s nice to know that there’s more positive statements to retweet than political discourse and Stranger Things spoilers.
What’s your #MyOneScienceTweet?