Writers must read, and science fiction writers must read science, engineering, technology especially if not actively engaged in doing STEM stuff. But we still have only 24 hours a day. How to make time? How to find cool stuff? Journals help, but skimming several journals a week still doesn’t fill the well. Twitter, used carefully, can. Herewith some science related links found just today (early part of the day) on my Twitter list.
pic.twitter.com/tXsa3KUrsz Penguins have big grooves in their skulls above the eyes–holding glands that remove salt from their bodies. Something to think about for alien species. What anatomical specifics might they have?
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=5303 Images from space exploration spark imagination and suggest more realistic worldbuilding. I follow several space-related accounts.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/29/the-stem-cell-scandal What can go wrong in high-level scientific research institutes: the human side of the fallout, as well as what’s in the few seconds given science news on most media. This link came by way of Ed Yong (his Twitter handle mentioned below.)
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v530/n7590/full/530284a.html?WT.mc_id=TWT_newsandviews Quantum physics: coupling of photons by mechanical vibration. More “hmmm…” that might lead to a story.
Very helpful Twitter accounts (not only ones I follow, or that are good, but a few to start with): @edyong209 (science journalist, RTs other sci-related tweets and outside links to good stuff) @AnneHilborn (cheetah researcher, lots of good pics of African wildlife) and RTs and links to other wildlife biologists) @NASAEarth @AliceBell (science journalist, finds interesting stuff) @NatureNV (hot science news. Sometimes links to behind paywall, but not always.)
So there’s a start to some interesting science on Monday. What are your favorite science-related Twitter accounts? Do you follow mostly science journalists, or scientists, or a mix? Do you ever use Twitter for active searching (for scientists, for data)? Do you also read journals, and if so, which?