Eyes of the Tiger, Tree-Hugging Koalas & Brainy Bees

Tiger close-up. Photo by Flickr user vishwanath Hawargi through a Creative Commons license.

Tiger close-up, modified from a photo by Flickr user vishwanath Hawargi through 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

Bees keep great amounts of information in small brains. (Nature News)

Eyes of the tiger: You may never see one of the famous man-eaters of the Sundarbans. But they’re there. And watching. (Outside Online)

Old World monkeys, Darren Naish style. (Tet Zoo)

17-year cicadas are back! At least in Iowa… (The Prairie Ecologist)

Did GMOs kill the monarch migration? (Salon)

Who changes colors faster — chameleons, or octopuses? (Macronesia)

New Research

It’s never been so cool to be a tree hugger, all of the koalas are doing it. (Biology Letters)

Cities are paying big money for water with big consequences for the global economy. (Global Environmental Change)

Always wanted laser vision? The remote sensing for conservation symposium at the London Zoological Society might just be the next best thing. (methods.blog)

A new research tool can track one fish among many. (Nature Methods)

Climate Change

Survivor, Climate: Modeling climate negotiations as a bargaining game, study finds the value of side deals among poor nations (SciDevNet)

Science’s take on new climate rules. (Science)

Ignoring boreal forests could speed up global warming. (Mongabay)

Hybrid streams: climate change helps rainbow trout breed with native cutthroat trout. (Letters from the West)

Why polls showing overwhelming US public support for greenhouse gas regulation are meaningless. (Cultural Cognition.net)

Nature News

Once was lost, but now is found: bat species rediscovered after 120 year absence. (The Conversation)

For rainforest residents, there’s something far more frightening than a piranha attack. (Strange Behaviors)

Seabirds can spy fishing boats from 7 miles away. (National Geographic)

200 tons of illegally caught Atlantic bluefin tuna show how we’re driving these fish to extinction. (Quartz)

Conservation Tactics

Could a speed limit for ships save right whales? Scientists think so. (Nature News)

Giant beetle (seriously, it can be as big as your hand and has a horn like a rhinoceros) threatens the palm trees of Hawaii. (Popular Science)

Does collecting specimens cause extinction?  (Futurity.org)

Science Communications

Where the wild things are (and will be): communicating benefits key to increasing tolerance of large carnivores. (Conservation Letters)

Climate reportage in the United States uses more words that communicate uncertainty than in Spain. @ChrisCMooney calls them “weasel words.” @Revkin, “accurate qualifiers.” (Mother Jones)

This & That

Female named hurricanes don’t get no respect. Study says storms with feminine names kill more than storms with male names. (Washington Post Capital Weather Gang)

Or, maybe not. A critique of the statistical significance of hurricane gender. (Not Exactly Rocket Science)

We can rebuild her: Lego now has a kit of female scientists — packaged as the “Research Institute.” (Small Pond Science)

Weeds: The answer to feeding 10 billion? (Yale Environment 360)


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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    i would like to promote biodiversity and wildlife

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