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Scientists Are Sharing Their Unusual Bucket Lists On Twitter

What science thing do you want to do before you die?

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Yesterday, science writer Bethany Brookshire (aka @scicurious) asked the people of Twitter what would be on their science bucket list, and a hashtag was born.

Ok, science friends. Here is a hashtag #scibucketlist What's on yours? I want to dissect a whale.

I want a species with my name. I'll take a bacterium! Not picky. #scibucketlist


Scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef #scibucketlist

I want to see the Galapagos islands. #scibucketlist

@scicurious I want to learn how to use a telescope properly! #scibucketlist

A more achievable part of my #scibucketlist: go digging for megalodon teeth.


Visit Svalbard global seed vault, eat freshly picked mangosteen, taste test new fruit variety for a plant breeder #scibucketlist #plantdork

#scibucketlist See and smell a Rafflesia arnoldii, "corpse flower". The largest individual flower on earth!

Go to Antarctica. See aurora borealis. Have a star named after me. #scibucketlist

If i were to go back into a lab, curing Parkinson's would be on my #scibucketlist


#scibucketlist See what's swimming in the oceans on Europa & Enceladus. Sail a boat on the methane seas of Titan. Make a more realistic list

Gender parity and diversity in all sciences. #scibucketlist

#scibucketlist Inspire diverse young women to pursue science, and then for them to discover a fulfilling career

Lots of things on my #scibucketlist, but teaching in a department comprised of a diverse faculty is definitely towards the top.


#scibucketlist Invent time travel, go see collision of Andromeda & Milky Way galaxies. Art:NASA/ESA

But in the end some people just want to get on with their job and make a difference in the world.

Keep breathing. Keep publishing. Stay funded. Make a difference. Leave world better than when I arrived. #scibucketlist

But realistically, I'll take a fulfilling, productive scientific career driven by incessant curiosity and means to pursue it #scibucketlist

#scibucketlist I would like to inspire people to wonder.

Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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