Shoving a bunch of fat penguins on to treadmills to monitor how weight influences their funny walk sounds like a dream sequence from a strange a cartoon. But it’s actually a real scientific study that’s just been published.
The population of a colony of Adélie penguins located in Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica has steeply fallen following the arrival of a massive iceberg, which has dramatically changed the local conditions favorable to the birds.
Emperor penguins huddle together for warmth during those punishing Antarctic storms, taking turns being at the center of the huddle. The social dynamics behind those huddles turns out to more complicated than previously thought.
In more temperate parts of the world, ice is just ice, but in Antarctica, ice is everything. It defines Antarctica: Earth’s southern polar ice cap, a 5.4-million square mile ice sheet, covers 98% of the continent. But within the next hundred years, Antarctica stands to lose much of that ice, especially in its western…
Two penguins at the Monterey Bay Aquarium decided to make baby penguins in front of their viewing window. In the process, they showed off a fascinating aspect of bird reproductive biology.
There are many advantages to being alive today, but there is one disadvantage—we missed out on seeing the best animal ever. Thirty-seven million years ago, the oceans and land were patrolled by a 6’8” penguin.
Southern rockhopper penguins mate for life, but when biologists used light-based geolocators to track their behavior they found that pairs only spent about 20 to 30 days together each year–just enough time to mate and lay eggs.
You may have recently seen the heartwarming story of Australia's oldest man (109 years young!) who knits sweaters for penguins. The story is currently making the rounds with an adorable photo purporting to show the grateful penguins of Australia's Phillip Island. The only problem? Those penguins in that particular…
Remember when The Penguin got mad literal in Batman Returns and had his own little army of Penguins to command? Did you love it so much that you've spent the past 23 years thinking 'Oh, how I wish I could have a rocket-bearing Penguin of my own!'? Well, you're in luck. Apparently.
He is the Law, and He's also goddamn adorable! This new vinyl toy from Blind Mouse Toys combines the grim, harsh world of 2000AD's Judge Dredd with all the cuteness of penguins into one lovely vinyl toy.
Thankfully for what will one day be the most horrifying Hitchcock remake ever, robot birds are nothing new. But now, in order to monitor the effects of climate change, scientists have figured out how to trick real, live penguins into accepting the robotic imposters. And all they had to do was make the fuzziest,…
Even if you get a lot of satisfaction from standing back and looking at your freshly cleaned home, no one really likes all the work needed to get to that point. And while there are countless products promising to make cleaning easier, maybe we need to start focusing on making it more enjoyable, and this adorable…
If you thought Antarctica was a shell of frozen white and blue, that a look at these surprisingly colorful pictures by photographer Gaston Lacombe. Taken over a two-month visit to the continent, the white is painted by brushes of algae, penguin poo and krill. He told us how this hue magic happens.
The Oregon Zoo is home to some Humboldt penguin chicks. The baby birds need routine check-ups from the zoo vets, which means adorable videos for everyone.
I don't know if this makes me an awful human but I can't stop laughing and saying aww (also known as awwwfu-laughing) when I watch this video of a group of penguins tripping over a rope. Those poor guys can't fly so to cross the beach they just have to trip.
From BBC's Penguin - Sky in the Huddle, comes this adorable footage taken by John Dowder of a bird of prey, the Striated Caracara, stealing a hidden camera inside a Penguin egg and taking it for a fly to film an entire Penguin colony. The bird made sure to get the camera angle just right to capture the massive amounts…
Penguins typically look pretty dumb as they waddle around on snow. But now a bunch of researchers has realised that, actually, they move an awful lot like cars in traffic.
Penguins are pretty great looking, but they offer more than just swagger. They can play iPad games and have a good time doing it. Or, you know, not really grasp what's going on.