Penguins

Penguins are aquatic, flightless birds. They lay eggs, have feathers and yet are powerful swimmers. Emperor penguins can stay underwater up to 30 minutes, in essence flying underwater. They live in the Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctica and New Zealand. LiveScience.com has penguin pictures, feature article and news of the latest penguin discoveries.
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Penguins Once Thrived in Warmer Temps, But Now Face Climate Crisis
Adelie penguins in Antarctica.
June 12th, 2014
Since the last Ice Age, penguins have basked in warmer Antarctic climates because less ice makes it easier for the birds to breed and hunt for food, a new study reveals. But current climate change is happening too fast for their food supply to cope.
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Penguins' Climate-Change Solution? Cliff-Climbing
Emperor penguins
January 8th, 2014
Emperor penguins may be one of the most awkward birds on land, but it turns out they can clamber up Antarctica's steep ice cliffs and start new nesting colonies if their sea-ice homes disappear, a new study finds.
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Poop Stains Reveal Penguins Migrate With Climate
Researchers can spot penguin colonies thanks to the large poop stains they leave on the ice.
June 23rd, 2014
In the face of rising temperatures, emperor penguins in the Antarctic may be forced to find new breeding grounds instead of returning to the same spot to mate year after year, according to new research using satellite images of penguin poop.
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King Penguins' Genes Explain Ancient Island-Hopping
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June 10th, 2014
As the glaciers melted about 15,000 years ago, warmer weather and ice-free conditions allowed king penguins to colonize the string of islands north of Antarctica, a new genetic study has found.
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New 'Penguin Flu' Found in Antarctica
adelie penguin in antarctica
May 6th, 2014
An unknown strain of bird flu has been evolving in Antarctica for between 49 and 80 years, researchers report. Fortunately, the disease is not very deadly, nor can it take hold in mammals.
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Babies Abound at Penguin Colony Found by Poop
baby penguins
December 18th, 2013
A recent visit to a remote Antarctica penguin colony found about 5,000 fuzzy penguin chicks, meaning the colony is even bigger than previously thought.
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