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Magellanic Penguin Deaths In Brazil Being Investigated
2012-07-16 04:35:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Biologists are investigating the deaths of hundreds of penguins that were discovered washed up on the beaches at Brazil's southern Rio Grande do Sul state, various media outlets reported over the weekend. Officials with the Center of Coastal and Marine Studies (Ceclimar) told AFP reporters on Friday that the 512 Magellanic penguin bodies were found on the coast between the towns of Tramandai and Cidreira. They added that...

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2011-06-02 10:18:49

The mystery of how penguins stay warm  in Antarctic winter temperatures below -50 ° C with gale-force winds has been revealed by an international team of scientists. Time lapse video shows the birds move in almost imperceptible waves through tightly packed clusters of birds, which over time drastically change its structure, BBC News reports. Physicist Daniel P. Zitterbart from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany spent a recent winter making high-resolution video recordings...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'