Ant Zombies, Sunscreen’s Unseen Impacts and Bats in the Belfry

A "zombie ant." Photo: Wikimedia user Nirajdude under a Creative Commons license.

A “zombie ant.” Photo: Wikimedia user Nirajdude under 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

Bio-logging collar reveals the secret lives of mountain lions. (NSF)

Everything you ever wanted to know about lemurs? Nearly 50 years of lemur data now online. (Duke Lemur Center)

Not such a hive mind after all. There’s a lot of individuality in bumble bee colonies. (The Economist)

Hummingbirds edge out helicopters in hover contest. (BBC Science)

Bats in the belfry, literally: great bat photography from the French Pyrenees. (Mammal Watching)

For the birder who has everything: The first definitive guide to the world’s 239 woodpecker species. (Bird Book Report)

New Research

Helping ravens, hurting hawks: Human structures and nesting behaviors. (Inkfish/Discover)

Aquaculture and global food system resilience: An oxymoron? (PNAS)

Forget graphene. Could cigarette butts be better supercapacitors? (ACerS News)

Mosaic map of Antarctica combines over 3150 RadarSat 2 images: most detailed and complete since 1997. 

Researchers hit the beach to study effect of sunscreen on marine foodwebs. (EurekAlert!)

The Walking Dead, Insect Edition: Understanding the fungus that turns ants into zombies. (Futurity)

Climate Change

It’s cool to be blue: Water plays a vital role in urban temperature regulation. (Applied Geography)

Next el Niño could pack a bigger wallop. (Yale Climate Connections)

Wrestling climate change to the ground in the Bay Area. (Mary Ellen Hannibal)

Nature News

 Managing common resources doesn’t have to be a tragedy. (Mongabay)

Dr. Sylvia Earle shows what’s happening to our oceans in 4 GIFs. (Ideas.TED)

EPA finalizes stronger stream buffers to protect salmon from pesticides. (NCAP)

Conservation Tactics

The “World Heritage Species”: A PR tactic that might work where other designations of endangerment have failed? (Conservation Bytes)

Primary forests: Can any policies ensure their survival? (Conservation Letters)

The death of the corporate sustainability report. (Ensia)

Drinking craft beer to save the world? (Conservation Magazine)

This and That

June 1, 1988: The day the U.S. Great Lakes changed forever. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Vandana Shiva vs. GMOs: The definitive profile. (The New Yorker)

Death of a fly: Insignificant — or a catastrophe? (Aeon)


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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