Tag: science communications

Veggie Piranha, Duiker Madness, Whale Poop and Rolling Coal

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Hippos Amok, Missing Ocean Plastic, TroutBlitz & More

Also in our best of the web: the future of science journalism, definition of a forest, the great fish swap and crowdfunding wolf conservation

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Urban Weasels, Coral Atlas & Ivory-Sniffing Dogs

Also in this week’s best of the web: getting narcissists to go green, sea star die-off, peak coal, sustainable meat certification and smart fish.

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Reassembling Hydra, Flying Frogs, and Bird-Friendly Windows

Also in our best of the web: spiderwebs tuned for data, Palau fishing ban, revisiting litter and a chlorine-free swimming pool.

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Centenarian Cetacean, Polar Bear Evolution & Superpolluting Scooters

Also in our best of the web: flood resilient rice, a new horned lizard, beehive fences, entomophagy and three angles on the West Antarctic ice shelf.

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Nanopesticides, Glacier Inventory, Brewers for Clean Water & More

Also in our best of the web: parasitic flowers, interactive whale mapping, chemical warfare in the garden, and mega preserve goes off-limits

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Voracious Crabs, Jujitsu Mouse, and the Biggest Data Yet

Also in our best of the web: blue-footed boobie decline, great koala count, wave energy deficit, and HIV-fighting coral protein

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Mule Deer Migration, Fearless Fish, and Pirate Naturalists

Also in our best of the web: Of birds and rice, sloth survival, prairie aesthetics, and fact-checking the Gulf oil spill

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Of Crows and Cuckoos, Pigeons, Pachyderms, and Komodos

Also in our best of the web: A bioblitz near you, the Colorado delta gets a big gulp, never-till farming, and what Hollywood gets wrong about bugs and birders

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The Mahi-Mahi & The Map: Digital Storytelling for Science

How can a scientist convey a complex and even contentious topic like marine spatial planning to non-specialist audiences? Shawn Margles looks to digital storytelling to convey the emotion behind the science.

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Sanjayan: The Art of Communication is Conservation’s Best Hope

Peter Karevia and David Banks pay tribute to former Conservancy lead scientist Sanjayan, who has just joined Conservation International, as a master communicator and advocate for innovative, people-relevant conservation.

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The Myth of Suicidal Lemmings

It’s one of the most enduring wildlife images: thousands of lemmings following each other over a cliff. One problem: it’s not true. The real story of lemming migrations and “mass suicides.”

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Scientists: Is It So Hard to Know Your Audiences?

It’s easy to dump information on people; harder to know what would really speak to them. The good news: We already know more than we think we do.

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‘Competent But Cold’: New Research on Why Scientists Don’t Connect with People

Why doesn’t the public trust scientists? New research says they’re in the “envy” group of professions — respected but cold, and resented by the rest of us. Is there a way out?

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The Cooler: Don’t Be Such a Science Communicator

Science communication is full of bumper-sticker advice — Don’t Be Such a Scientist, Tell Stories, Not Data, Use the 6×6 Rule. A new essay in PNAS says we should try more science instead.

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Forest Dilemmas

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the Anthropocene. Beginning Monday, July 21, join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

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3. Home of Weird Nature, The Cooler, Quick Study, Traveling Naturalist and other amazing features.

Cool Green Science is managed by Matt Miller, the Conservancy's deputy director for science communications, and edited by Bob Lalasz, its director of science communications. Email us your feedback.

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