I watched as the little fluffy Adelie penguin chick was ripped apart, and thought: 'We can't put this on the news'. It had been huddling with its friends but now they were watching on silently, as it tried to stop the skua pecking its eyes out. I had assumed that Cape Bird on the Antarctic Peninsula was a haven for penguins, a safe place to raise their young, but now it was clear I was standing in the middle of a great battle for survival. Kiwi scientists report ice melting early at Antarctic penguin colony Antarctica's Adelie penguin numbers swell in new census Antarctic tragedy as only two Adelie chicks survive breeding season Cameraman Bob Grieve and I were there to film a TV story on a group of New Zealand scientists, studying the tiny black and white penguins. It took around 30 minutes in a helicopter from Scott Base, flying over sea ice and a glacier tongue, to arrive at their remote hut on Ross Island. The first hint of what we were about to witness came as we made the short … [Read more...] about Thomas Mead: Visiting an Adelie penguin colony in Antarctica
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The sea ice around a massive Adelie penguin colony in Antarctica has melted early this year, according to a group of New Zealand scientists based there. Cape Bird on the Antarctic peninsula is home to 30,000 breeding pairs of Adelie penguins, who rely on the sea ice to gather krill and ice fish for their chicks. Without it, some are being forced to travel much further for food, leaving their chicks hungry for days. Historic beer barrel finally returned to Antarctica after NZ restoration Kiwi wins gruelling Antarctic marathon A day in a US army plane flying to Antarctica Landcare Research Ecologist Dean Anderson is one of three people stationed on site for the summer to watch the breeding season, in a study of a new fishing sanctuary that has been set up in the Ross Sea. He says the sea ice broke out around two weeks ago, which is unusual. "The adults are spending more time out at sea, and less frequent trips back to the chicks, which has reduced provisioning rates and we're seeing a … [Read more...] about Kiwi scientists report ice melting early at Adelie penguin colony in Antarctica
Every day we'll be bringing you an interesting fact about the French or France. If you've got any you'd like us to publish please write to us at [email protected] Today we're kicking the series off with a strange fact about the French flag. France is known for many things, not least of all it's world famous tricolore flag. The vertical strips of red, white and blue, which have come to represent liberté, égalité and fraternité (liberty, equality and fraternity), which make up the flag are as much a part of France as wine, cheese and the French national anthem la marseillaise. But this hasn't always been the case. In fact, between 1814 and 1830, the French flag was just plain white. So, why was this the case? During the French Revolution the French tricolore flag was adopted, with red and blue for the colours of Paris and white either for the "ancient colour of France" if you go by what General Lafayette said or for … [Read more...] about Did you know: The strange fact about the French flag?
Germany's chancellor, Denmark's prime minister and France's foreign minister stated that the full facts about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have not yet been revealed, demanding that the Saudi government reveal all the information. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday spoke critical of Saudi Arabia's official explanation on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and demanded "full facts" be revealed. "Nothing has been cleared up yet [on Khashoggi's killing], of course we demand that they be cleared up," Merkel said on Saturday, during a party conference in eastern Germany. All the facts about the murder of Saudi journalist have not yet been revealed, Danish prime minister Larks Lokke Rasmussen also said Saturday. "The fact that the Saudis last night confirmed that he died, after previously insisting he left the consulate alive, shows that we haven't been told the full truth," Rasmussen told state broadcaster DR. "And we must insist on getting that," Rasmussen added. … [Read more...] about European leaders demand ‘full facts’ about Khashoggi murder
NATIONAL Kissing Day is finally upon us, but some of these disturbing facts might put you off smooching for life. By Christine Younan / Published 22nd June 2018 GETTY STOCK IMAGE NATIONAL KISSING DAY: Did you know about any of these facts? As National Kissing Day falls on June 22 this year, you might be shocked to learn that you pass on up to 80 million bacteria germs when you share saliva during a kiss. But all that aside, figures have shown that one vigorous kiss can burn up to 90 calories per hour – which is equivalent to 23 minutes of cycling. While Britain is a nation that loves snogging, there are many disgusting facts about kissing you might not be aware of. We spoke to dentist, bacteriologist and founder of official National Kissing Day partner, The Breath Company, Dr Harold Katz to find out more. GETTY STOCK IMAGE FACTS: You can pass on up to 80 million bacteria germs during a kiss He revealed to Daily Star Online 10 … [Read more...] about Ten disgusting facts about kissing REVEALED – some of them might shock you