Loggerheads’ Lost Years, Bronx River Beavers & Sibley 2.0

The time between loggerhead turtle hatching and maturity has been a mystery, but researchers have now tracked them into the Sargasso Sea. Photo Credit: Kuiko through a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

The time between loggerhead turtle hatching and maturity has been a mystery, but researchers have now tracked them into the Sargasso Sea. Photo Credit: Kuiko through a Creative Commons 2.0 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. We share it here with you in the Cooler:


Tony Abbott, prime minister of Australia, declares the country will create no new parks under his administration. Scientists, not surprisingly, are outraged. (Conservation Bytes)

Stranger than fiction: Tiny psuedo-scorpions hitch a ride on beetles. (Mongabay)

Why being good for medicine is bad for the humble horseshoe crab…but being obsolete may be worse. (Atlantic)


The orange, cave-dwelling crocodiles of Gabon. (Abanda Expeditions)

The second edition of the Sibley Guide to Birds is here. Here are 10 things serious birders should know about the changes. (10,000 Birds)

Where do turtle toddlers disappear to? A mystery solved. (Discover)

Beavers back in the Bronx River. What will the zoopolitan future look like? (Strange Behaviors)

New Research

Meet the “information parasites” (they’re also birds). (The Loom)

Here’s an ecosystem engineering caterpillar that inadvertently builds nice homes for invasive weevils. (ESA Ecology)

How deep can fish swim? Even fish have their limits. (Science Magazine)

Climate Change

Climate risk to Indian cities is ‘huge,’ says Indian think tank TERI. (AlertNet, Reuters)

Nature News

Good news: the Javan rhino population is up 10 percent this year. Bad news: there are still only 58 Javan rhinos. (Mongabay)

One step closer to protection for Bristol Bay: the head of the EPA announces agency will begin process that could stop industrial mining in the region. (Trout Unlimited) 

Conservation Tactics

A new use for invasive trees: feed them to zoo animals. (L.A. Times)

If there’s a good way to control pests without pesticides, why aren’t we using it more? (PNAS First Look Blog)

Science Communications

Social networking with a purpose: stemming brain drain and reconnecting communities. (PLoS Biology)

Miss ScienceOnline last week?

Converge sessions (unconference talk for plenaries) are available online. (ScienceOnlineTogether)

> And a few bloggers shared their contributions directly: Social media is a scientific research tool. (Southern Fried Science)

> Meanwhile, Anton Zuiker (past defender of accused sexual harrasser and ScienceOnline cofounder @BoraZ) steps down as chairman of ScienceOnline. (Mister Sugar)

This & That

How much water do you use? If you’re like most people, your guess is way off. (Conservation Magazine)

Environmentalists often argue against economic growth. That’s just code for keeping poor people poor, argues Roger Pielke, Jr. (Earth Island Journal)

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

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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