Penguins No Longer Have a Strong Ability to Taste

‘this doesn’t taste fishy’… shouldn’t it taste fishy????

TIME

Penguins no longer taste their food the way most of the animal kingdom does, according to a new study.

According to the researchers, vertebrates usually have five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. But after studying the genetic sequencing of Adelie and emperor penguins, analyzing penguin tissue, and comparing the birds genomes to 14 other non-penguin bird species, the researchers discovered that penguins have lost all but the salty and sour tastes.

“Penguins eat fish, so you would guess that they need the umami receptor genes, but for some reason they don’t have them,” said study author Jianzhi Zhang, a professor at the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in a statement. “These findings are surprising and puzzling, and we do not have a good explanation for them. But we have a few ideas.”

The researchers believe that perhaps over 20 million years ago…

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Westminster Dog Show Names Best in Show Winner

Yay Miss P!!!!!

TIME

We thought they were all equally adorable – insert awww – but there could only be one top dog at Westminster.

Congrats, Miss P!

The beagle from the hound group ran off with the prestigious Best in Show title Tuesday at the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Miss P (formal name: Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble) beat out six other fierce furballs: the Patty Hearst co-owned Rocket (toy group), Flame (non-sporting group), Swagger (herding group), Liz (sporting group), Matisse (working group) and Charlie (terrier group).

Miss P has 19 U.S. best in shows under her belt. As if she could get any more impressive: She’s only the second of her breed to win at Westminster.

“There are seven beautiful dogs. It was a tough lineup,” handler William Alexander said post-win. “I’m speechless.”

It runs in the family, after all, for Miss P, who’s a grandniece to 2008 champ…

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Escaping the Career Waiting Trap

Exactly what I needed to read at this point in my so-called career!!

TIME

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This article originally appeared on Live in the Grey.

I’ve noticed lately that many of us fall victim to the waiting trap. This is especially common among us ‘go with the flow,’ ‘take life as it comes,’ ‘laid back’ types. We pride ourselves on being very thoughtful and reflective and not impulsive or overzealous when it comes to making a decision, especially the life-changing ones. But could our passive approach to life be one of the main things that hold us back from having what we want? How many times have we strongly desired change in our lives; a new job, more money, to start a business, to take a class, to get more clients, only to find that months or even years later, we’re stuck in the same problem?

What gives?

Goals we never meet

Someone many years ago once told me that the reason I didn’t…

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Why Pluto Matters: A Short History of a Small (Non-)Planet

Hurray for Pluto!!

TIME

When it was first discovered, Pluto was the coolest planet in the solar system. Before it was even named, TIME surmised that “the New Planet,” 50 times farther from the sun than Earth, “gets so little heat from the sun that most substances of Earth would be frozen solid or into thick jellies.”

The astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh, then a 24-year-old research assistant at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., was the first to find photographic evidence of a ninth planet on this day, Feb. 18, 85 years ago.

His discovery launched a worldwide scramble to name the frozen, farthest-away planet. Since the astronomer Percival Lowell had predicted its presence 15 years earlier, per TIME, and even calculated its approximate position based on the irregularity of Neptune’s orbit, the team at Lowell Observatory considered his widow’s suggestion of “Percival,” but found it not quite planetary enough. The director of the…

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Unusual Hobbies: A Reading List

Refreshingly different!

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My boyfriend and I share a love of cryptozoology and hidden places. For Valentine’s Day, he bought us matching “explorer” jackets with Nessie and Mothman patches affixed to the sleeves. We have standard hobbies, too—reading, writing, listening to music—but podcasts about Bigfoot and poring over Atlas Obscura is where things get a little weird. In this collection, you’ll meet folks who look at planes, at compasses, at building blocks and at each other (in full Civil War uniform, no less).

1. “Things Are Looking Up For Planespotters, the World’s Most Obsessive Aviation Geeks.” (Andrew McMillen, BuzzFeed, February 2015)

On Saturday mornings, when I was little, my dad played a computer game called Flight Simulator. He’d always loved planes, and flying them virtually was his way of taking to the skies without increasing his insurance payments. I thought of him immediately when I read Andrew McMillen’s reporting. Planespotters photograph, memorize, categorize and share…

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Things Are Super Awkward in Latest House of Cards Teaser

I am seriously addicted to this series!

TIME

The heights of power can put a little strain on a marriage. At least that’s what the latest teaser for Netflix’s upcoming third season of House of Cards seems to suggest.

In the 30-second trailer, Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood pose for an uncomfortable family photo—you know the kind, perhaps like those taken on Thanksgiving after a particularly unpleasant argument about politics… Hinting at discord at the top, Claire seems to “recoil” from his touch.

House of Cards season three premieres Feb. 27 on Netflix.

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