The Cooler: Tweeting Sharks, Animal Cannibals, Farmbots & More

Spinner dolphins. Credit: DH Parks under a Creative Commons License

A megapod of spinner dolphins was videotaped for the first time. Image credit: DH Parks under a Creative Commons License

By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller and Lisa Feldkamp of the TNC Science Communications team

We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff every week on the Internets — now we’re sharing some of the best with you every week in The Cooler:


When sharks use twitter. (New Yorker)

Big predators in big trouble & the cascading effects. (Conservation Bytes)

A spinner dolphin megapod — a congregation of 3000 – 5000 animals — is captured on film for the first time. (Focusing on Wildlife)

Having friends for dinner. Literally. Nat Geo features five animal cannibals. (Nat Geo)

Darren Naish — who else?–  has everything you always wanted to know about North America’s freaky vole species. (Tet Zoo)

Conservation Research

When sharks come back from the dead: Shark species thought to be extinct shows up in fish market. (Scientific American)

EZ Pass for fish: technology + collaboration = better data? (EcoRI/MA)

Old trees pack on the pounds: Meta-study in Nature, reported on NPR.

Nature or nurture? Parenting behavior of the white-throated sparrow has been linked to a variation in genome. (eScience Commons – article in PNAS)

How can the open-data movement up its game? Try better standardization of data formats & improved reliability. (SciDevNet)

Climate Change

Underestimating global warming: gaps in Arctic temperature data lead scientists and public astray. (Mongabay)

One Palau reef system seems to thrive in acid conditions. Is it the corals or the location? (American Geophysical Union)

Science Communication

Scott Klein says journalists who don’t know how to code are going to get scooped. Science communicators, you’re next.  (Nieman Journalism Lab)

Unleash the scientist/narrator hybrids! A great walk through the state-of-play on what we know works in science communications.  (The Science Shill)

Is simplicity in science communcations really better? Really? (Science Unicorn)

Ten tips for tweeting that scientific conference. (ProfHacker)

The Human Dimension

FAO offering gender and climate-smart agriculture webinars(FAO) 

Extreme weather, biodiversity loss, and water crises rank among the top environmental risks; food crises and pandemics top social category. (World Economic Forum Report & press conference)

What’s up with That?

Farmbots? Government officials in the UK say robot farmers are the future of agriculture. (The Guardian)

80-year old snake venom can still kill, but that’s a good thing for scientists researching medicine. (Not Exactly Rocket Science)

Why drones might be bad for outdoors/conservation ethics. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Have suggestions for next week’s Cooler? Send them to mdowns[at]

Opinions expressed on Cool Green Science and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.

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Marty joined the Nature Conservancy in January 2014 to write about TNC research and manage the Science Impact Project. She started her career in ecosystem ecology and climate impact research, but has focused on science communications since 1999. She’s now doing what she likes best – writing about cool science and helping scientists find and communicate what’s exciting about their work.

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