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Knitting for penguins is part of a larger trend that yokes the creative and the activist. Knitting for penguins is part of a larger trend that yokes the creative and the activist. Penguin Foundation/Facebook

Crafting for good: why we all want to knit for penguins

Last week, a call for knitters to create tiny pullovers for oil-spill affected penguins went viral. Patterns for penguin knitwear from The Penguin Foundation bounced around social media. It was a bit of…
The very opposite of two weeks in Benidorm. The very opposite of two weeks in Benidorm. Liam Quinn

We can all learn from Antarctica (when not stuck in the ice)

The drama and somewhat unintentional humour of first one and eventually three ships getting caught in heavy sea ice in the Southern Ocean has been closely followed since before Christmas. The images of…
New research suggests penguins evolved with the Antarctic. New research suggests penguins evolved with the Antarctic. Flickr/Martha de Jong Lantink

Was penguin evolution driven by a cooling Antarctic?

Penguins are a remarkable group of flightless birds. We tend to think of them as Antarctic birds, but they actually inhabit an extremely diverse range of habitats from subzero Antarctic coastline to the…
Best served chilled: Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) Best served chilled: Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) Uwe Kils/BAS

A view to a krill: warming seas may leave predators hungry

Although it is far from the power stations, roads and flight paths of the populated world, the Southern Ocean is already responding to climate change. Average sea temperatures in some parts have risen…
For whom the bell tolls: a Little Penguin. For whom the bell tolls: a Little Penguin. Belinda Cannell

Grim reaper cuts swathes through the Little Penguins of Perth

Little Penguins off the coast of Perth are being found dead - starved, battered, and in some cases almost completely beheaded - as elements both natural and manmade conspire against them. Penguin Island…

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Ancient DNA shows penguin recovery

Ancient penguin DNA shows that Macquarie Island penguins have recovered genetic diversity in the past 80 years. Macquarie…