That’s what one person has challenged the internet to do this week, and a lot of scientists have leaped at the chance to tell the world what they think is most interesting or important about their work. It’s provided a fun insight into what scientists think the world should know, as well as being a great opportunity to find out some fun facts you wouldn’t have otherwise heard about.
It all started with this tweet from Dalton Ludwick, a Ph.D. candidate in entomology.
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
Scientists used the hashtag to talk about what they want the world to know. Some used it to discuss the important issues of the day.
— Tina Lasisi (@TinaLasisi) October 29, 2017
— Patrick Kyle Taylor (@PaddyKTaylor) October 30, 2017
— Rodrigo Bombardi (@Dr_Monsoon) October 28, 2017
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
Biotech can be used to make food safer & more environmentally friendly, by scientists who care a lot about what you eat #MyOneScienceTweet
— Morgan Carter (@PlantPathSecret) October 29, 2017
— Real Name (@WFKARS) October 29, 2017
There are over 200 different types of cancer. There isn't going to be one 'cure'.#MyOneScienceTweet
— Dr Vicky Forster (@vickyyyf) October 28, 2017
Evolution is amoral. Culture evolves to serve the genome. If humanity is to survive it must actively choose enlightenment #MyOneScienceTweet
— Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein) October 30, 2017
— Dr. Jens Foell (@fMRI_guy) October 29, 2017
— Ilana Horn (@ilana_horn) October 30, 2017
— Michelle LaRue (@drmichellelarue) October 30, 2017
— Darren Ewing (@sadknob) November 1, 2017
— Dale Kedwards (@DaleKedwards) October 31, 2017
When shooting communications lasers between mountain tops, you'd think birds would get in the way more than kangaroos do, but you'd be wrong https://t.co/zGeMpCh2jw
— David Gozzard (@DRG_physics) October 30, 2017
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
— Alex Evans (@alexevans91) October 29, 2017
— Lydia Rocheleau (@LydiaRocheleau) October 29, 2017
Viruses don't always make you sick. Some of them can restore vision in people with degenerative retinal diseases!#MyOneScienceTweet
— the shitpost king (@skinnyd0gs) October 29, 2017
— Josh Susser (@joshsusser) October 29, 2017
— Alicia Pérez-Porro (@aliciaprzporro) October 30, 2017
Plants can hear caterpillar's bites vibrations and response chemically to them #MyOneScienceTweet
— Daniel Torrico B (@danitobaz) October 28, 2017
— Huw Griffiths (@griffiths_huw) October 30, 2017
— James Pitt (@Sahelanth) October 28, 2017
Language is simultaneously a lot messier and a lot more systematic than you think it is. https://t.co/Fn15jvKVcD
— Elise Kramer (@eliseakramer) October 30, 2017
Neanderthals weren’t evolved especially for an ‘Ice Age’ world. They also lived in forest environments, some warmer than today 🌳💀🍁 https://t.co/bpGAPYiP4x
— Becky Wragg Sykes (@LeMoustier) October 30, 2017
— Alice Gaby (@AliceRGaby) October 30, 2017
— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) October 29, 2017
— David Hamilton (@davidghamilton1) October 30, 2017
— Helen Dooley (@hdooley13) October 30, 2017
Some people didn’t stick to their own field. A palaeontologist used his one tweet to the world to tell everyone about octopus arms.
Octopus don't have any tentacles. 0. Not one. They have 8 arms. 🐙
— Thomas Clements (@Thomas_Clements) October 30, 2017
And a wildlife biologist used hers to tell us how we’re all going to die.
— Asia Murphy (@am_anatiala) October 28, 2017
Whilst another archaeologist fired warning shots at Indiana Jones.
Your artifact by itself is meaningless. Leave it where you found it. https://t.co/c5L6HXMsuO
— Dr. Norton (@HKNorton) October 29, 2017
The hashtag is still trending and is crammed full of interesting facts from scientists around the world. We highly recommend checking it out.