Insect Soup, Deep Ocean Restoration, Twerking Spiders & More

Chemosynthetic microbial mats cover red algae and coral.  Credit: Bob Embley, Pacific Ring of Fire Expedition, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

Chemosynthetic microbial mats cover red algae and coral. Credit: Bob Embley, Pacific Ring of Fire Expedition, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

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:

New Research

Twerking saves lives: well, at least for black widow spiders. Researchers find males shake their bodies rapidly to avoid being eaten by females. (Nat Geo) 

Land sparing vs. land sharing — how do we move forward from the debate? (Conservation Letters/open access) 

Shaking up the old tree network: How fungi help make space for diversity in tropical forests. (PhysOrg)

E.coli offers clues to dispersal — and possibly control — of invasive species. (Eurekalert!)

Insect soup: It’s not a new meal, but a way to measure biodiversity. (Mongabay)

Nature has women troubles. After much online criticism, editors of the journal Nature apologize for printing a letter suggesting that gender imbalance is all about the quality of papers received.

And… Nature editor Henry Gee reaps his share of criticism for outing (and dis’ing) anonymous  and outspoken advocate of science communication, Dr. Isis. GeeIsisGeeNature.

Climate Change

Why hasn’t framing climate change as an impending disaster worked to convince more people? New research from Tony Leiserowitz and Ed Maibach suggests the failure of climate change to have immediate disastrous consequences might have convinced fence-sitters that it won’t ever. (Collide-a-Scape) 

Yet another downside to suburban living: higher household carbon footprints. UC Berkeley’s Daniel Kammen and Christopher Jones model carbon footprints for  30,000 zip codes in PNAS. (Eurekalert!)

Conservation News

Round up the usual suspects. Following a fatal shark attack, Australian politicians make plans to kill sharks. (Strange Behaviors)

Conserving the last frontier? Scientists call for protection and restoration of deep ocean ecosystems. (Nature)

Another drone application for conservation: unmanned aircraft search for rare and elusive pygmy rabbits. (Boise State Radio) 

Biobullet brucellosis vaccine for bison rejected. (TreeHugger)

How to tell if a population is viable in an uncertain world. (Ecology)

Human Dimensions

Nay-sayers take that. The Gates Foundation takes on myths of global poverty. (Philanthropy News Digest)

Science Communications

Does a 1957 paper by William Shockley (yes, the eugenics William Shockley) explain which researchers will be the most productive publishers (as well as the academic superstar system)? (Dynamic Ecology)

Why should scientists talk to reporters and work with their PIOs? It gets you more conference invites, talks with policymakers, and invites to collaborate on research, says a new study. (That is, if you care about that stuff.)  (SciLogs)

Jeremy Fox on why there are ecology blogs, but no ecology blogosphere (you could say the same thing for conservation).  (Dynamic Ecology) 

This & That

Jared Diamond’s ecocide explanation why civilization on Easter Island collapsed has itself collapsed under recent scholarship. But why hasn’t Diamond changed his mind? (Cosmos)

Space conservation? Japan sends giant electromagnetic net into space to clean-up. (New Scientist)

Turkeys inspire new early-warning technology for TNT. (UC Berkeley News)

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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