Lost Snakes, Returning Snails & Jellyfish Locomotion

Jellyfish are uniquely efficient swimmers, according to a new metric that compares across different sizes and body shapes. Photo credit: Andrew Morrell/Flickr.

Jellyfish are uniquely efficient swimmers, according to a new metric that compares across different sizes and body shapes. Photo credit: Andrew Morrell/Flickr via a Creative Commons license.


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

We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff on the Internets — and share the best of it with you every week in The Cooler:

Biodiversity & Wildlife

Deep-sea trawling can cut biodiversity by 50%. (Science News)

The most efficient marine swimmers? You can’t touch ‘em. (The Conversation)

Found! After going missing for 78 years — the wonderfully named Clarion nightsnake of Mexico. (NPR)

Bees love blueberries – and blueberries love bees! Bee diversity enhances productivity and crop stability. (PLOS ONE)

Just plain cool: a school of stingrays. (@FishPorns)

New Research

Who clears forests? Global study shifts blame away from the poor. (CIFOR)

Organic farming may increase biodiversity by around 30% compared to conventional farming. (Journal of Applied Ecology)

Medicine from nature: A compound in pine bark blocks melanoma. (Futurity.org)

Iron from melting ice sheets could increase uptake of carbon dioxide by plankton. (EurekAlert!)

Climate Change

Killing your refrigerator (& all the refrigerators) could slow climate change. (Conservation Magazine)

Widespread Greenland ice melting is due to ash from Northern Hemisphere forest fires and…take a guess. (PNAS via Yale Environment 360)

How to make clean coal less expensive (and while we’re at it, why is dirty coal so cheap, anyway?). (David Biello/Scientific American)

Good news: warming waters extend swimming season. Bad news: they’re full of monster jellyfish (Grist)

Nature News

Microbeads may be tiny, but they can cause big trouble in the Great Lakes. (NPR)

Driven mad: How a surge of road building is carving up the Amazon rainforest. (Nature)

Myanmar’s pending cease fire jeopardized by skirmishes over illegal logging. (National Geographic)

Turning the tables: Insurance company sues Chicago for inadequate climate preparation. (Minnesota Public Radio, via Ensia)

Conservation Tactics

Two for Three? Community-based wildlife management in Namibia is succeeding on conservation and social outcomes, but struggles with financial sustainability. (Animal Conservation)

Fire and grazing work together to maintain heathland mosaic in African highlands. (Journal of Applied Ecology)

Science Communications

Climate opinions don’t budge – no matter the news.  New approach needed. (EurekAlert!)

Do science journalists self-censor on disputed topics like climate change and GMOs? (Collide-a-Scape)

The burning question: How to communicate fire science more effectively? (COMPASSBlogs)

No results found: Whatever happened to Microsoft Academic Search? (Nature)

The Smithsonian acquired the archives of Don Herbert, better known to millions of kids as TV’s Mr. Wizard (Smithsonian)

You take the wheel: Which motivates more public action on invasive species — talking about them as “drivers” or “passengers”? (Conservation Letters)

This & That

“There is something for everyone in the sea.” John Steinbeck’s 1966 plea to create a NASA for the Oceans. (Popular Science)

It’s not your imagination. The snails you removed from your garden yesterday can find their way back, according to a new study that shows snails have a homing instinct.(Economist)

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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