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Why Applied Science Can Often Be Truly Brilliant

The academic prejudice against NGO applied research ignores a very impactful kind of genius, says our lead scientist.

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Horses Doing Math: On the Quality of Scientific Studies

Clever Hans the horse couldn’t really do math, but he could read human body language. Humans often behave the same way when they confront scientific studies that confirm or dispute their beliefs. Jon Fisher on how we can overcome the Hans in all of us.

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Does Removing Habitat Around Farm Fields Really Make Our Food Safer?

Three people died and hundreds were sickened in a 2006 outbreak of E. coli. Wildlife eventually took part of the blame, but does removing habitat near fields to keep wildlife out actually make our food safer? A NatureNet Science Fellow investigates in a new video.

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Can We Restore…Everything? 100 Words from Hobbs, Ellis, Marvier & Others

Is the concept of the “novel ecosystem” — that which human activity has irreversibly morphed into a new state — a dangerous one for conservation? We asked seven scientists for their quick takes.

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Sea Turtle Tasks: A Night in the Life of a Researcher

Seeing a sea turtle lumber onto a beach and lay its eggs is a spectacular experience and, for researchers, a lot of work. Follow them through a typical night on the beach.

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Q&A with Stephanie Wear: A New Tool to Predict Coral Reef Recovery

Nature Conservancy Lead Scientist for Coral Reefs Stephanie Wear explains how new research provides a powerful tool for predicting which reefs are more likely to recover from coral bleaching.

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Cool Green Science: The Top 10 Posts of 2014

From shrew-eating fish to coyote scat fertilizer, a celebration of our 10 most popular posts of 2014.

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Urban Wild: Flying Squirrels of the Beltway

To see the southern flying squirrel, you don’t make a trek into the wilderness or visit a national park. You need to visit a small nature preserve a short distance away from the bustling urbanity of the U.S. capitol.

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Can We Grow Safe Produce and Conserve Nature at the Same Time?

Farmers are destroying habitat near farms out of fear that wildlife is spreading E. coli and other pathogens to their fields. But is wildlife a source of foodborne illness? New research from Conservancy scientists suggests not.

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Craig Groves Named SNAP Executive Director

The globally recognized conservation leader and Conservancy science veteran takes over the Science for Nature and People initiative.

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Better Green Living Through Chemistry

Conservancy NatureNet Fellow Sen Zhang and colleagues announced a process that overcomes a key obstacle to wider adoption of renewable energy fuel cells: their prohibitive cost.

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Conservation Science 101: Understand Coral Bleaching

Coral bleaching is one of the major threats to reefs around the globe. But what exactly is coral bleaching? What does it actually do to reefs? Our Conservation Science 101 guide gives you the information you need to understand the most pressing issues.

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Video: Infrared Technology for Wildlife Conservation

Infrared enables us to see minor variations in temperature, even from a distance or at night. See how this technology is revolutionizing conservation science.

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New Report: Blueprint for Urban Water Security

A new report from The Nature Conservancy finds conserving source watersheds might secure water for your city. In one in four cities conservation could pay for itself.

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Grouse Count: Aerial Infrared Technology Ensures Accurate Wildlife Census

The challenge: find a chicken-sized bird in a million-acre expanse of rugged canyons & bad roads. See how infrared sensing revolutionizes sage grouse counts.

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