An Iceberg The Size Of Rome Has Killed 150,000 Penguins

A massive iceberg that became grounded near a colony of penguins in Antarctica has caused more than 150,000 of the birds to die after leaving them landlocked.

In December 2010, an iceberg measuring more than 1,100 square miles — the size of the city of Rome – crossed into the bay near Cape Denison where a massive colony of Adelie penguins lived, according to The Guardian.

With the arrival of the iceberg, breeding Adelie penguins near the cape must now travel almost 40 miles in search of food. The exhausting trek has caused the colony to diminish from 160,000 penguins to just 10,000, an alarming new study by Atlantic Science found.

Chris Turney, a climate change professor with the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, has been tracking the penguin decline.

“It’s eerily silent now,” Turney told the Sydney Morning Herald. “The ones that we saw at Cape Denison were incredibly docile, lethargic, almost unaware of your existence. The ones that are surviving are clearly struggling. They can barely survive themselves, let alone hatch the next generation. We saw lots of dead birds on the ground … it’s just heartbreaking to see.”

With 93 percent of their population already dead, researchers estimate that in 20 years, the rest of the colony will be completely wiped out.

“They don’t migrate,” Turney told the publication. “They’re stuck there. They’re dying.”

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From Space, Earth Looks Sickly And Fragile, Astronaut Says

Nearing the end of a yearlong mission in space, American astronaut Scott Kelly gave Mother Earth a diagnosis based on what he’s seen from his vantage point 250 miles above the blue planet.

In short, areas of the planet look sickly and its fragile atmosphere must be taken care of.

Kelly’s comments came during a recent satellite interview with CNN, in which the network’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, asked the astronaut to describe the health of the planet as if he were looking at a human body.

Certain areas, specifically parts of Asia and Central America, Kelly said, are covered in a “haze of pollution” and “look kind of sick.”

This is a good example of the air pollution that exists across large parts of Asia. #YearInSpace

— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 6, 2016

As for Earth’s atmosphere, Kelly said he wouldn’t go as far as to say it looks unhealthy.

“But it definitely looks very, very fragile, just kind of like this thin film,” he told Gupta. “So, it looks like something that we definitely need to take care of.”

Day 295. #Earth. Mysterious and enchanting, she sleeps. #GoodNight from @Space_Station! #YearInSpace

— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 17, 2016

Kelly, 51, has spent more than 500 days in space over the course of his career — more than any other U.S. astronaut in history. He is the commander of the International Space Station and is scheduled to return from his current yearlong mission on March 1.

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These NASA Space Tourism Posters Take Us To Infinity And Beyond

These spectacular space tourism posters imagine what advertisements for interplanetary vacations could one day look like.

Fourteen tongue-in-cheek trips to Mars, Jupiter, Venus and a host of exoplanets are on offer in the Visions of the Future series that NASA commissioned at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

“Imagination is our window into the future,” said NASA, which uploaded the posters to its website on Wednesday.

JPL visual strategist Dan Goods told CNN the images were meant to spark people’s interest in the universe.

“Many of the things we are doing today were imagined by artists and science fiction writers decades ago,” he said. “These destinations are all actual places that we know about, and one day, perhaps humans can go to them in the future.”

Although deep space travel for humans may seem a long way off, Goods said it’s “really important to us that we worked with the technical community to make sure what we were showing could someday happen.”

NASA commissioned the Seattle design studio Invisible Creature to create three of the posters — of “Mars,” “Enceladus” and “The Grand Tour.” The space agency released five others as part of JPL’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau series in 2015.

High-definition versions of the posters are available to download for free from the JPL website.

And here they are:

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Behold, The First Artwork Depicting Two People Making Sweet Love

Warning: This post contains imagery of two people having sex — but the sculpture is pretty abstract, so you’re probably okay.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and so we decided to do the cute thing and search the Internet for the oldest known depiction of two people kissing. I soon discovered that the first rendering of two people kissing skips all the bases and is also the first to show two people having sex.

The image below is the calcite cobble sculpture known as “Ain Sakhri lovers,” because it was found in the Ain Sakhri caves near Bethlehem. The little, 102-millimeter love scene is estimated to date back to around 9000 B.C. Yes, around the same time copper was discovered, goats were domesticated, and people began making bricks from clay, one Mesolithic or Epipaleolithic softie let his emotions out into the world, crafting two lump-like bodies smushed together in, what we can only imagine, is pure ecstasy.

The artwork, The British Museum explained, was once a mere pebble, floating down a small river near Bethlehem. A forever anonymous person picked it up, using his or her hands to chisel away at the rock until a passionate embrace blurring bodily boundaries remained.

Although at first glance the artwork might look like a horny Stone Ager threw together the three-dimensional equivalent of a stick figure, further examination reveals the complexity of the form. In an interview with the BBC, Marc Quinn explained his fascination with the object, that forces the viewer to encounter the bodies embedded in the piece as he or she would encounter a new lover.

To me, what’s incredible about this sculpture is that when you move it and look at it in different ways, it changes completely,” Quinn said. “And so here you —> Read More

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