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Apr 19 2012

Because everyone loves penguins

Penguins are admirable birds, living as they do in extreme cold, working in partnership with their mate to be dedicated parents. Besides, just look at them! They’re adorable! So I thought it delightful that we’re now keeping tabs on these guys from space:

(TG Daily) — It’s the first time an entire species has ever been counted from space. Carrying out a census of the species in the usual way is, for obvious reasons, rather impractical. But the black-and-white birds stand out easily from their surroundings, making a satellite survey possible.”The methods we used are an enormous step forward in Antarctic ecology because we can conduct research safely and efficiently with little environmental impact, and determine estimates of an entire penguin population,” says Michelle LaRue from the University of Minnesota Polar Geospatial Center.

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  1. 1
    Reginald Selkirk

    Romney to give commencement at Liberty University
    Maybe he’ll spice up his talk with some quotes from the Book of Abraham.

  2. 2
    Reginald Selkirk

    I think that next they should do a satellite census of the Bigfoot population.

  3. 3
    Gregory in Seattle

    Any creature willing to take a bite out of Newt Gingrich is worthy of admiration.

    Nonetheless, the reality of very high resolution satellite surveillance, even for a worthwhile cause, should give us pause.

  4. 4
    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    Yeah, that’s a good point Gregory.

  5. 5
    IslandBrewer

    Booyah!

    Penguins rule!

  6. 6
    Janstince

    Think they can find Opus? Or his mother?

  7. 7
    richardelguru

    Hee! Hee!
    First reading of “keeping tabs on these guys from space” I wondered if you had proof that they were even cooler than I thought they were, being beings from [cue obligato echo effect] outer-r-r space-e-e-e.
    Ah! Well we all make mistakes, even me. :-(

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