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. has penguin pictures, feature article and news of the latest penguin discoveries.
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Using Loopholes, Nature May Save Galápagos Penguins (Op-Ed)
Aa lava tumbling into the sea at Sullivan Bay, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
August 28th, 2015
The Galápagos are more than a life raft in Pacific currents — they actually alter the Pacific currents, and in so doing, help feed the islands' residents.
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Secret Hideout Helped Penguins Survive the Ice Age
Emperor Penguins in Antartica
March 3rd, 2015
Earth's last ice age was so cold that even Antarctica's emperor penguins had trouble with the chill, a new study finds.
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How to Infiltrate Penguin Territory: Adorable Fuzzy Robots
Robot penguin with emperor penguins.
November 5th, 2014
Rovers — especially cute ones that are disguised as penguin chicks — seem to be better at spying on penguins than humans are.
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Endangered Penguins Charm, from Tiny to King Size (Photos)
African penguin chicks, was
July 28th, 2015
Can perky penguins survive as the oceans grow crowded?
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Sex in the Wild: 6 Ways Animals Do It
A North American porcupine
February 14th, 2015
Valentine's Day may inspire people to buy chocolates for their loved ones or treat their sweetheart to a romantic, candlelit dinner, but animals have entirely different courtship behaviors.
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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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Penguins Use Poop to Melt Ice, Make Baby Nurseries (Video)
Gentoo penguins use their dark guano to melt snow on the Antarctic Peninsula.
May 1st, 2015
Gentoo penguins seem to gather in colonies, and their large piles of poop help melt the snow and provide "nurseries" for their young.
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10 Cutest Animals in Science in 2014
Robot penguin with emperor penguins.
December 17th, 2014
Even the editors of serious scientific journals are not immune to the charms of sleepy koalas and penguins playing with robots. The video team at Nature picked their top 10 favorite science stories involving cute animals (and some bots) of this year.
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