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Using Science For The Ultimate Good: Saving Tiny Penguin Chicks


The critically-endangered African penguin is going through some bad times lately because of commercial fishing - but science to the rescue! Let this adorable animation teach you about how hand-raising tiny baby penguins can save a species. And then, how can I sign up to be a tiny baby penguin handler? Thanks.

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This Just In: Benedict Cumberbatch Can’t Say the Word “Penguin” [VIDEO]

Peengwons. Porkwerns. Poongies?

Remember that SNL sketch from the '90s where Charlton Heston clammed up (pun intended) during the audiobook for Madonna' Sex and kept saying "vagina" instead of... you know, the actual word on the page? I imagine the mood was similar during the ADR sessions for the 2009 BBC nature documentary South Pacific, in which Benedict Cumberbatch was forced to endure the horror that is the word "penguins." Such a brave man.

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Monday Cute: Waddling Penguins Struggle With Mysterious Tricky Barrier

We are the penguins. Monday is the rope. May you be the one that gets across without catching its foot. Previously in Penguins

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The Internet Loves Making Penguin Sweaters

But what about bow ties to match their tuxedos?

Dear Internet: if you are currently knitting a sweater for a penguin impacted by an oil spill, pause! Philip Island Penguin Foundation made a public plea for sweaters yesterday, but use your yarn cautiously; in the past, these requests have resulted in thousands of unnecessary sweaters. Internet, for once, you are being too kind.

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British Penguins Stressed-Out by Excessive Rain Are Taking Antidepressants

Mr. (Pill) Popper's penguins.

You know how it goes. You're hanging out with all of your penguin buddies, giving rocks as signs of affection, enjoying the snow and being adorable... and then you're in a zoo in Britain in a record-breaking rainy season, and it really bums you out. That's why zookeepers in Britain are slipping their penguins antidepressants.

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Animal Planet Also Has a Live Streaming Penguin Cam!

They should get Morgan Freeman to narrate this thing.

Let's go ahead and add penguins to the "List of Things Geekosystem Thinks Are More Interesting Than Football," so imagine our delight to find that Animal Planet, along with their Puppy Cam, has one for the penguin cheerleaders as well!

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Cold as Ice and Then Some: Penguins Are Colder Than the Air Around Them

A team of European penguin researchers found some unexpected results when they turned infrared heat sensing cameras on a group of emperor penguins they were studying. The outer layer of the birds feathers, they found, was actually colder than the surrounding air. While it goes against common sense, keeping their outermost layers ice-cold may actually help penguins stay warm deeper inside -- where it counts.

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Penguin Cam Shows Life From A Penguin’s Point of View (Spoiler: There Are Lots of Fish) [Video]

People become scientists for a lot of reasons. Because they enjoy solving the mysteries of the universe, or want to make the world a better place to live, or just because it's a career that helps them finish the death ray they're working on in their basement. These are all noble reasons for wanting to do science -- especially the death ray thing -- but none of them is the best reason. The best reason to become a scientist, clearly, is so you can strap small cameras to Adelie penguins and make videos about their lives under the sea like the one you can watch below.

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Prehistoric Penguins Were Giant, Still Couldn’t Fly

Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

Paleontologists working in Antarctica have discovered the remains of a giant prehistoric penguin. How giant is giant, you ask? 6.5 feet tall. That's right. A six and a half foot tall penguin. Quick, to the time machine!

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Researchers Reveal Science Behind Penguin Snuggling

Sharing isn't always caring, it would seem. In penguins, for example, sharing seems to be the result of being kind of a jerk. Researchers investigating the physics of how penguins share warmth by huddling together on particularly cold Antarctic days found that each penguin is trying only to maximize the heat it retains while snuggling with its colleagues, but that the result is an egalitarian cuddle pile in which every penguin has more or less the same access to warmth. In other more important news, there are researchers working hard on revealing the science behind penguin snuggling, because hooray for science.

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You Can Now Tour Historic Antarctica from Home With Google Street View

Google could already take you to some pretty amazing places with Google Maps, but their World Wonders project has upped the ante with remarkable locations from across the globe accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Now Antarctica, once considered the last frontier, can be wandered with street view. But more importantly: There are penguins.

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Researchers Complete Skeleton of Enormous Ancient Penguin

Dr. Dan Ksepka from North Carolina State University is fascinated by penguins, but has taken a particular shine to the ancient Kairuku penguin. Originally discovered in 1977 by Dr. Ewan Fordyce, the fossilized remains of Kairuku hinted at an aquatic bird of enormous stature. Now, decades after its discovery, Ksepka and his colleuges have completed a Kairuku skeleton and figure that the bird stood at an impressive at four-foot two-inches.

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“Gay” Penguin Couple Will Be Reunited After Zoo-Imposed Separation

And All Was Right With the World

We here at The Mary Sue are big supporters of both the LGBT community and adorable animals. And this week, we were sad to hear that Buddy and Pedro, two male African penguins who reside at the Toronto Zoo and have been involved in a very loving homosexual relationship, were going to be separated so they can mate with other female penguins. However, the zoo has issued an update reassuring us all that come this spring, Buddy and Pedro will be reunited! Yay!

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Things We Saw Today: What Girls Want

Things We Saw Today

We dispute zero parts of this. (via Blastr)

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Penguin and Polar Bear Ice Cubes Are Cool, Encourage Awful Puns

In the ancient times, a sage philosopher once asked the famous question "what's cooler than being cool?" Now, you all know from your years and years of schooling that the appropriate answer is "ice cold," but there is more to it than that my friends; it's about being ice cold and making self-aware references to it. Enter Polar-Ice from Monos. The ice cubes produced by these trays are cool in more ways than one. They are made out of ice, for example. Also, they utilize high-tech iceberg technology to ensure that your icy polar animals stay afloat above the water as their ice floes flow around in your drink. That is, until they start melting. Commentary on global warming anyone? Clearly, if you're looking for ice cubes fraught with meaning and enjoy watching an ecosystem slowly dissolve in your drink, these are the ice cubes for you. All the cool kids are using them. (Monos via Super Punch)

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Penguin Made Out of a Typewriter

Artist and sculptor Jeremy Mayer created the above penguin made out of typewriter parts. The sculpture stands thirteen inches tall and Mayer had the lucky opportunity to study penguin skeletons in order to recreate the likeness.

(Jeremy Mayer via Boing Boing)

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Ever Hear How a Penguin Being Tickled Sounds? [Video]

Today I learned that penguins have a weird laugh. Also, I learned that penguins laugh. Have a happy Saturday.

(via BuzzFeed)

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New Probably Destroying Your Childhood Thing: The Teaser for Mr. Poppers Penguins

Stupid Human Tricks

I'm... I'm the only one here who had Mr. Popper's Penguins read to them as a child, aren't I? Dammit. (via Screen Rant.)

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Penguins On A Plane [Video]

Just Go With It

A plane full of passengers heading to San Diego got their own private Sea World show when a team of penguin handlers were allowed to let their charge, a South American Magellan Penguin named Pete, roam the aisle. A wise man named Joe Moore once said, "Its practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry." I have no idea who Joe Moore is, but he's right. Penguins are way too cute to dislike. (Daily Mail)

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Don’t Worry, This Penguin Makes the Jump [Video]

Over at Boulders Beach in South Africa, this penguin almost gives us all heart attacks. Luckily, it makes the jump and instead of horrifying, the above video is adorable.

(via The Daily What)

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