A penguin dubbed “Happy Feet Junior” has been found stranded 2,000km from home in New Zealand, reviving memories of another wayward penguin that washed up in 2011. The latest wandering stray was discovered close to death on the coast south of Wellington over the weekend and taken to the capital’s zoo suffering from malnutrition and kidney failure. Wellington Zoo veterinary surgeon Lisa Argilla said it was a juvenile royal penguin, which had drifted far from a breeding colony in sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island and was believed to be the first ever seen in the North Island. afp
Columbia prof strips, shows 9/11 tape during class
New York: Columbia University says it’s reviewing a science class in which a professor stripped to his underwear and showed 9/11 video footage during a lecture on quantum mechanics.
The Frontiers of Science class on Monday morning with Professor Emlyn Hughes began with the professor stripping with his back to the students as music played and an image of a skull projected on a screen.
Later, two stuffed animals were placed on stools, one of which was stabbed by a person with a sword. In the background, a video showed the fall of the WTC and an image of Osama bin Laden. A female student could be heard repeating, “What is happening?” during the performance. AP
300mn-yr-old asteroid impact changed Earth
Melbourne: A big asteroid strike dating back to over 300 million years left a huge impact zone in Australia, and changed the face of the Earth.
The impact zone, which centres on the East Warburton Basin in north-eastern South Australia, was caused by an asteroid up to 20km wide that slammed into the planet between 298 and 360 million years ago, researchers at Australian National University and University of Queensland claimed.
Terrain around the impact site shows evidence of changes caused by shock-wave related deformation. ptI
US mom delivers two sets of identical twins
Houston: A US mother has made history by giving birth to two sets of identical twins in one day, beating the odds of one in 70 million.
Thirty six-year-old Tressa Montalvo from Texas got a quadruple Valentine’s Day gift as she gave birth to Ace, Blaine, Cash and Dylan at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston.
Ace and Blaine were born first weighing 3 pounds, 10 ounces, and 3 pounds, 15 ounces, respectively. Cash and Dylan were a minute later and weighed 2 pounds, 15 ounces and 3 pounds, 6 ounces. They were born by cesarean.ptI