Reassembling Hydra, Flying Frogs, and Bird-Friendly Windows

Hydras regenerate many new bodies from just a few cells -- even after being ground to bits. Think Phantasia...or Terminator. Live Green Hydra, photographed by Marc Perkins, shared through a Creative Commons license on Flickr.

Hydras regenerate many new bodies from just a few cells — even after being ground to bits. Think Phantasia…or Terminator. Live Green Hydra, photographed by Marc Perkins, shared through a Creative Commons license on Flickr.

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

Gathering information over the web gets a new spin. Spiders tune webs to transmit information. (Wired)

Barnacles are usually harmless to wildlife, but these feed on their glowing shark hosts. (Not Exactly Rocket Science)

A Hydra that reassembles or multiplies after being pulverized? It’s not a horror movie, it’s the tiny pond Hydra. (Deep Sea News)

Now that a certain YouTube hit has finally gotten out of your head, we have to ask: What does the hairy armadillo say? (Huffington Post Green)

How we learned that frogs can fly. A true story. (NPR)

Lemurs: In big trouble. (The Guardian)

New Research

Corals and their algae form stable partnerships, despite different evolutionary paths. (EurekAlert!)

My network, my network! An electrical circuit model for understanding biological and social networks. (PLOS ONE)

How much of the world is woody? New method improves understanding of biodiversity. (Journal of Ecology)

Why IUCN shouldn’t do a Red List of Ecosystems. (Conservation Letters)

Climate Change

Over-fertilization of crops can be a major source of the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Voluntary carbon market helps farmers to cut back. (Scientific American)

Carbon emissions could be cut up to 1/5 by reducing deforestation in the tropics. (Science Daily)

Heat brings earliest spring blooms on record. (Futurity)

Yikes! So much Arctic ice has melted that we need a new atlas. (Quartz)

Nature News

The European Union helps fund black rat eradication on Scottish islands — and the expensive plan proves surprisingly controversial among birders and mammal watchers. (Herald Scotland, Bird Forum & Mammal Watching)

Palau considers a ban on fishing. (The Economist)

Reef-er madness: Citizen scientist divers helping advance understanding of marine biodiversity. (Scientific American)

Scarcity, not just policy, may be slowing deforestation in Brazil. (Futurity)

Conservation Tactics

Drought tactics: saving or storing…or maybe both? (KQED Radio)

Building bird-friendly windows. Etched patterns and ultraviolet designs warn birds. (ACerS News)

Goats dispatched to devour invasive plants. (mlive & @ecoscigeek)

The scientists need time. What’s the world to do about water? (Popular Science)

UK geneticist: Anti-GM movement distracts from real food security issues. (PLOS ONE)

No chlorine necessary for this amazing backyard swimming pool. (inhabitat)

Science Communications

It’s getting crowded up there. Best view ever of space debris. (Treehugger)

Harder than it looks. Why working across research silos is so challenging. (The Guardian)

This & That

Litter: No longer a major environmental issue, right? Think again. There’s plenty of paradise still being trashed. Like Padre Island. (Eat More Brook Trout)

One-quarter of the world is breathing unsafe air. Interactive air pollution map shows who has it the worst. (The Atlantic)

Life. Magnified. A lot. (The Loom)


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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