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The Social Dynamics of Penguin Huddles Are More Complex Than We Thought

The Social Dynamics of Penguin Huddles Are More Complex Than We Thought

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.

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Jennifer Ouellette

December 7th

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This Extinct Penguin Was the Best Animal To Waddle the Earth

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.

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Esther Inglis-Arkell

October 9th

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Learn About This Endangered Baby Penguin In a Google Hangout With Him

Love that classic video of polar bear cub learning to walk? Baby bat eating banana? Dog dressed as mutant spider?!? Brace yourselves, netizens. On Thursday, you can chat with a month-old African penguin in a Google Hangout. It’s like you’re in the viral video.

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Bryan Lufkin

June 3rd

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Why Do Penguins Sneeze?

The answer, via the New England Aquarium: "Penguins can drink salt water, but the salt is removed from their bloodstream by a salt gland behind the eyes. Then they sneeze out the salt!"

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Cheryl Eddy

March 14th

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These Penguins In Sweaters Are Fake

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 photo are totally fake.

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Matt Novak

February 11th

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Researchers Send Robotic Penguin Babies In To Monitor Real Penguins

Screen-Shot-2014-11-01-at-138-1414874493151 As we approach the coming AI singularity, it will be important for the robots to move among us to track us undetected. If this article in Nature Methods is any indication, they will do this by dressing up a small four-wheeled rover as a facsimile of a baby George Clooney and, as paparazzi snap away, the robot will tag us using RFID chips and carry some of us away for study. That’s all in… Read More

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John Biggs

November 5th

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Mopping Is No Longer a Chore With a Penguin Gliding Across Your Floor

Mopping Is No Longer a Chore With a Penguin Gliding Across Your Floor

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 penguin accessory is a pretty great start.

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Andrew Liszewski

October 15th

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Mopping Is No Longer a Chore With a Penguin Gliding Across Your Floor

Mopping Is No Longer a Chore With a Penguin Gliding Across Your Floor

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 penguin accessory is a pretty great start.

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Andrew Liszewski

October 15th

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Seeing penguins get confused and trip over a rope is hilariously cute

Seeing penguins get confused and trip over a rope is hilariously cute

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.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

March 21st

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Bird steals camera hidden in an egg and films entire penguin colony

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 of happy feet dancers.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

January 18th

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