Happy Friday! I’ve waited all week for this. Here are a few science-like tales to ease you into the weekend.
Emperor Penguin Stranded in New Zealand
My daughter and I have been following news of this little bird, which swam some 2000 miles off course to end up on New Zealand’s Peka Peka Beach, all week. AP story here: Stranded penguin moved to NZ zoo over health fears. Beautiful picture of the penguin while he was still enjoying his time on the beach at the Daily Telegraph.
How Clouds Are Formed
From Krulwich Wonders, an NPR Sciency Blog after my (and my daughter’s) heart: Clouds appearing suddenly, suddenly explained. There’s a great explanation of how clouds form, as well as a beautiful video of the process happening along a mountainside.
Vague Threats from Children
And because no science news round-up would be complete without a story about dinosaurs…
New (to me) tiny ancestor of T. Rex
Raptorex, a relatively small (only 8 feet) feathered tyrannosaur found by an amateur in Northern China is shaking up scientist’s assumptions about the evolution of the T. Rex and tyrannosaurs in general. Video at Discovery News.
See you Monday!