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Twitter accounts to make you smarter

When people tell you that you're wasting time on Twitter, looking at inanities, just point them at these accounts. Erudition, wisdom and wit in 140 characters (or at least sending you to the best links).

Mental Floss (@mental_floss) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Mental Floss (@mental_floss). Amazing facts from the good people at mental_floss magazine. New York/Birmingham/London

Google Facts (@GoogleFacts) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Google Facts (@GoogleFacts). Learn new things every day. When you doubt our facts, Google is your friend. California

Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson). Astrophysicist. Author: Space Chronicles & Inexplicable Universe [Video]; Host: @StarTalkRadio & @COSMOSonTV. New York City

Joanne Manaster (@sciencegoddess) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Joanne Manaster (@sciencegoddess). Read Science! host, book lover, biology lecturer, former international model, STEM advocate. Mashable says my tweets will make you smarter. University of Illinois-Urbana

Juliana Rotich (@afromusing) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Juliana Rotich (@afromusing). Location agnostic. Tech, Africa, Beyond. MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow. Ushahidi, iHub, BRCK. Aspiring yogi, tea farmer. Views - mine. NBO,ORD, EDL + Internet

Melinda Gates (@melindagates) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Melinda Gates (@melindagates). Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, businesswoman, and mother. Dedicated to helping all people lead healthy, productive lives. Seattle, WA

Brian Solis (@briansolis) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Brian Solis (@briansolis). http://t.co/NTX8aUxFon. San Francisco, CA

Maria Popova (@brainpicker) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Maria Popova (@brainpicker). Reader/writer. Founder of @brainpickings. MIT Fellow. Brooklyn, NY

Sally Ride Science (@SallyRideSci) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Sally Ride Science (@SallyRideSci). Promoting learning and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. San Diego, CA

Daily Genius (@DailyGenius) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Daily Genius (@DailyGenius). Helping teachers, students, parents, and everyone in education learn something new every day. Get the Weekly Genius at http://t.co/gmwHA6QN6e. London and California

Jennifer Preston (@JenniferPreston) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Jennifer Preston (@JenniferPreston). Thrilled to join @knightfdn as v.p. of journalism after 19 years @nytimes. Author, Queen Bess, the definitive bio of Bess Myerson. Preston@knightfoundation.org. Miami, Fla.

Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg). Author, neuroscientist, Co-founder of Project Reason

Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Bill McKibben (@billmckibben). Author, Educator, Environmentalist and Founder of http://t.co/Wy9Mw8NGD7. Vermont

The QI Elves (@qikipedia) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from The QI Elves (@qikipedia). Quite Interesting bits and pieces from the mythical creatures behind BBC TV's QI. The bottom of Mr Fry's garden.

Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote). Amazing letters via @shaunusher. Buy the book: http://t.co/l3IkXFL76Q See the letters brought to life: http://t.co/Xv78UpbJBK. UK

Jacob Appelbaum (@ioerror) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Jacob Appelbaum (@ioerror). Ethics enthusiast && الحب و الحياة في وقت قصير && cast iron club. The Village; Be Seeing You!

Dan Ariely (@danariely) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Dan Ariely (@danariely). Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics. USA

Vaughan Bell (@vaughanbell) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Vaughan Bell (@vaughanbell): "Serious proposal to have Australian school pupil's exam essays marked by artificial intelligence system http://t.co/mTJhWDmjgH"

rachel botsman (@rachelbotsman) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from rachel botsman (@rachelbotsman). Passionate expert on the collaborative economy. Mother (two). Author (one book) Writer (many articles). Speaker. Advocate for ideas that improve our lives. Sydney

ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from ian bremmer (@ianbremmer). political scientist, author, prof at nyu, columnist at time, ostensible intellectual entrepreneur, president of @eurasiagroup

Clayton Christensen (@claychristensen) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Clayton Christensen (@claychristensen). Professor at Harvard Business School. Author of @MeasureYourLife. Tweets with occasional assistance from the Fellows at the Forum for Growth & Innovation. Boston, MA

Pankaj Ghemawat (@PankajGhemawat) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Pankaj Ghemawat (@PankajGhemawat). Professor at NYU Stern & IESE Business School, author of World 3.0 and Redefining Global Strategy, youngest "guru" on The Economist top management thinkers list. Barcelona, Spain

Sheena S. Iyengar (@Sheena_Iyengar) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Sheena S. Iyengar (@Sheena_Iyengar). Author of The Art of Choosing, Director of GLeaM, and Professor at the Columbia Business School. New York City

Annie Murphy Paul (@anniemurphypaul) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Annie Murphy Paul (@anniemurphypaul). Author of the forthcoming book Brilliant: The Science of How We Get Smarter and the weekly newsletter The Brilliant Report. Read more: http://t.co/EAIsABpcCN. I follow educators!

Michael E. Porter (@MichaelEPorter) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Michael E. Porter (@MichaelEPorter). Michael Porter is an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher. His work in economic theory has revolutionized strategy and other fields. Harvard Business School