Regal Yet Goofy Chinstrap Penguin Welcomes You To Antarctica

In this remarkable shot taken January 20, 2015, a Chinstrap penguin offers a close-up look at the distinctive marking that gives the bird its moniker. The waddling creature was photographed near the town of Villa Las Estrellas on Antarctica's King George Island. » 3/28/15 9:15am Saturday 9:15am

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!" » 3/14/15 12:05pm 3/14/15 12:05pm

Even Valentine's Day Haters Won't Be Able To Resist These Sea Creatures

Behold, as otters and penguins at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium enjoy their custom-frozen V-Day treats. And the good people at Shedd filmed it, so that even the darkest hearts could find a reason to melt juuuuust a little on this most polarizing of holidays. » 2/14/15 4:00pm 2/14/15 4:00pm

You Can Now Buy A Life-Size Replica Of A Batman Returns Penguin Commando

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. » 1/30/15 10:44am 1/30/15 10:44am

This Adorable Robotic Penguin Is Changing The Way We Study Animals

Observing animals in the wild while not disturbing them is a classic challenge for behavioral ecologists. But as a new study shows, the use of remotely operated robots to observe penguins and seals in their natural habitats can result in significantly lower and shorter stress responses. » 11/03/14 1:00pm 11/03/14 1:00pm

This Week's TV: Ben Franklin Becomes America's Dr. Frankenstein

While several shows settle into their second episodes of the season, Neil deGrasse Tyson lends his voice to Gravity Falls and Lost returns for one night only—on Phineas and Ferb. Plus, Star Wars Rebels premieres and Korra returns for its final season. Get all the details below! » 9/29/14 9:00am 9/29/14 9:00am

The New England Aquarium Has Some Great Advertising

Over on its website, the New England Aquarium has archived all of its ad campaigns from the past six years. And some of them are truly great. » 4/20/14 1:00pm 4/20/14 1:00pm

Now I Want to Nuzzle A Baby Penguin

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. » 3/23/14 10:04am 3/23/14 10:04am

Here's how massive packs of penguins move as a single unit

Penguins have evolved a really neat way of staying warm. To conserve energy, they form densely packed huddles with a triangular lattice structure. What's amazing is that these packs — which can include thousands of individuals — actually move. A recent physics study shows how it's done. » 12/17/13 12:40pm 12/17/13 12:40pm

Why Did Penguins Stop Flying?

Researchers from the University of Manitoba have shown that birds can either be very good at flying or swimming, but not both. And they’ve been studying a very awkward seabird to prove it. » 5/21/13 9:00am 5/21/13 9:00am

The first sign of the pending penguin apocalypse!

While it looks like an unprovoked attack by zombie penguins, these are actually Falkland Gentoo penguins returning home through a sandstorm. The photograph was taken by Michael Lohmann — and it has won him the runner-up prize in the bird category of the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2013 prize. » 5/07/13 3:20pm 5/07/13 3:20pm

Batman Returns concept art reveals unused penguins armed with buzzsaws…

In Tim Burton's Batman Returns, the Penguin outfitted his feathered minions with rocket packs so they might bomb Gotham City. But in Tim Flattery's concept art for the film, the penguins were multi-talents, wearing not just rocket packs but also buzzsaws, grenades, and extending boxing gloves. » 2/24/13 7:30am 2/24/13 7:30am

Colony of 9,000 penguins discovered in Antarctica

Until last month, this group of 9,000 Emperor penguins had never seen a human being before. And no human knew about their existence either — until a satellite picked up images of their poop from space. That's right. These penguins are so populous that their waste is visible from orbit. Though they were discovered in… » 1/10/13 10:29am 1/10/13 10:29am

The Most Accurate Count of Emperor Penguin Populations. From Space!

Good news for penguin-enthusiasts everywhere (that's all of us, right? Good... just checking): scientists studying emperor penguin populations in Antarctica have tallied almost 600,000 of the birds waddling around the icy continent. That's around twice as many as they were expecting to find — but what's really… » 4/13/12 4:12pm 4/13/12 4:12pm

Penguin poop can be seen from space

A combination of background coloring and penguin gastrointestinal prowess allows the Emperor penguin to be tracked by satellites orbiting the Earth. And ecologists love it. » 4/02/12 8:20am 4/02/12 8:20am

It's impossible to be anything but happy while watching the live…

Warning: Do not watch this adorable live stream of the Penguins at SeaWorld in San Diego unless you can squeal with happiness at your place of work. Just wait until the first penguin takes a run at the live penguin camera, and you'll turn into a hopeless pile of joy. » 3/06/12 12:40pm 3/06/12 12:40pm

How do emperor penguins survive underwater long after their oxygen…

Emperor penguins are the undisputed champions of diving in the world of birds. They can travel more than 500 meters below the surface, and stay submerged for more than 20 minutes, even though by all accounts their oxygen should run out in just a fraction of that. So how do they pull off this incredibly cool trick? » 5/12/11 4:04pm 5/12/11 4:04pm

See Adelie penguins being stealthily weighed - for science!

Scientists wanted to measure how much wild Adelie penguins are eating. Weighing each penguin before and after the trip was impossible, so the scientist engineered bridges with scales. » 12/30/10 12:00pm 12/30/10 12:00pm

36 million-year-old penguin was five feet tall and had reddish-brown…

A newly discovered penguin fossil reveals a bird twice as big as an Emperor penguin and with colors radically different from the familiar black and white features all modern penguins share...but this Water King was already the perfect swimming bird. » 9/30/10 11:21am 9/30/10 11:21am

Meet Blackie The Mutant Penguin

This rare all-black mutant penguin was spotted and photographed by Andrew Evans, who is traveling in Antarctica. What gave this suave little guy his goth look? No, the answer is not Photoshop. » 3/04/10 7:30am 3/04/10 7:30am