A Pair of Adventurers Become the First People to Climb Up the Frozen Ice of Niagara Falls

Redbull has created stunning video of Alberta, Canada adventurer Will Gadd’s historic ascent up a frozen portion of Niagara Falls. On January 27th, 2015, he and fellow climber Sarah Hueniken became the first climb up the falls, though Gadd claims that in the end, it was Niagara that won.

That climb beat me up. I may have reached the top, but Niagara won the war. At the end of the day I was hypothermic. That waterfall did a lot more damage to me than I did to it!

According to National Geographic, the climb’s sponsor, Redbull, had planned to keep the event secret until after the Super Bowl, but word of the feat got out early.

Niagara

Niagara

Niagara

Niagara

images via Redbull

Artist Noah Scalin Creates an Anamorphic Skull Installation From Hundreds of Old Books

Dead Media 2 by Noah Scalin

Artist Noah Scalin (previously) of Skull-A-Day fame has created a fantastic anamorphic skull installation out of used books. Entitled Dead Media 2, the indoor installation was made from a truckload of thrift store books. As the photos and video show, the installation only resembles a skull when viewed from one specific angle. Dead Media 2 is on display tonight at the Darkmatters pop up exhibition in Norfolk, Virginia. The exhibition is presented by Alchemy NFK and the Virginia Stage Company.

Dead Media 2 by Noah Scalin

Dead Media 2 by Noah Scalin

photos via Noah Scalin

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Even More Cute Illustrations of Pop Culture ‘Super Families’ From Comics, Video Games, Television Shows, and Movies

Mario Family
Mario Family

Paris, France-based artist Andry “Shango” Rajoelina (previously) has created series three and four of his cute ongoing Super Families illustrations featuring pop culture family members from comic books, video games, television shows, and movies. The complete collection of prints is available to purchase online from the Geek-Art Store.

Dad From the Future
Dad From the Future

Cowabundad
Cowabundad

Buster Brothers
Buster Brothers

Paku Paku Family
Paku Paku Family

Mega Family
Mega Family

images via El Shango wuz here

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Baby Bengal Tiger Becomes Best Friends With a Playful Puppy, At Least For Now

A baby bengal tiger named Hunter, who was born an only child and rejected by his mother, sought out friendship with a playful puppy whose human works at The Farm Inn Wildlife Sanctuary in Pretoria, South Africa. Unfortunately, the friendship may be short-lived as Hunter is starting to use his claws during playtime.

Hunter does take his claws out and he does bite, but not really hard. You can see that they still care for each other, but I think 6 months on Hunter’s side will be enough for them. That’s when the get quite boisterous and plays a bit too hard.

Sticky Actuators, Adhesive Pouches That Can Move Simple Robots and Animate Objects By Inflating and Deflating

Researchers at MIT and The University of Tokyo have developed Sticky Actuators, simple adhesive pouches that can be used to move robots or animate objects by inflating and deflating. The pouches, which can be printed on a custom fabrication machine, serve as extremely simple motors that can be used by people with little or no robotics experience.

We have also created a control system that the user can use to record a sequence of inflating and deflating actions. The system consists of an Arduino board, a motor driver, miniature pumps, solenoid valves, a battery and buttons.

via IEEE Spectrum, Boing Boing

Intriguingly Abstract Photos of Neon Signs in Hong Kong Created by Photographing Them From Below

Hong Kong Neon Sign Photos by Rainer Torrado

Neon signs in Hong Kong are transformed into abstract linear forms in the clever photo series Eye Carry the Night by Spanish photographer Rainer Torrado. Torrado achieved the effect by photographing the signs from directly below.

Hong Kong Neon Sign Photos by Rainer Torrado

Hong Kong Neon Sign Photos by Rainer Torrado

Hong Kong Neon Sign Photos by Rainer Torrado

Hong Kong Neon Sign Photos by Rainer Torrado

photos by Rainer Torrado

via The Gasoline Station, Junk Culture

An Unusual Dog With a Pit Bull Head and a Dachshund Body Is Up for Adoption in Georgia

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Rami, an adorable dog with a pit bull head and a dachshund body is currently up for adoption at the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, Georgia. According to the people watching over him, while Rami may look odd, he’s an active dog who’s really sweet, although he could use some training.

I’m Rami and I’m looking for my forever home. I’m a year old Dachshund/Pit bull mix. Yes, you’re reading that right, and, no, you haven’t gone crazy. I’m full of energy. I don’t like walking on a leash. I’m a sweetie pie, and love to run. I don’t listen very well, so you’ll need to take some time to train me. Because I tend to be a bit hyper, I might not be the best addition to a household with little kids. But I’m sure that all I need is a little lovin’. Will you take me home?

Due to Rami’s recent popularity, the shelter is taking applications for his adoption and will take time approving them.

Approved applications will be scheduled for a follow up interview. We are in the process of having Rami fully vetted to include shots and neutering which will be included in his total adoption fee. We are a small shelter with limited funds, so we are unable to provide transportation, but we appreciate all your interest in our sweet Rami.

Rami

Rami - Dachshund Pitbull Mix

    image and video via Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society

    via BuzzFeed

    Google Has Developed Synthetic Skin to Test a Cancer Cell-Detecting Wristband

    The Atlantic paid a visit to Google’s medical sciences lab to speak with Google X Project Manager Andrew Conrad to discuss the team’s work on a wristband that utilizes nanoparticles to detect the early presence of cancer cells in the wearer’s blood. As part of the early testing process, Google has developed a sort of synthetic skin.

    When they were casting and making these arms, they had to make them out of materials that behave like human skin. They have to have the same autofluorescence and biochemical components of real arms.

    ‘Man at Arms: Reforged’ Forges the Scissor Blade From the Popular Anime ‘Kill la Kill’ Out of a Bunch of Scissors

    Man at Arms: Reforged forged the Scissor Blade from the popular anime Kill la Kill out of a bunch of scissors on a recent episode, which was filmed on location at Baltimore Knife and Sword. The blade, used by protagonist Ryuko Matoi, is actually just one half of the more impressive Rending Scissors.

    Vine Launches Vine Kids, A Special Version of the App Designed for Young Viewers

    Vine Kids

    Vine has launched a new app called Vine Kids, which is a special version of the video-looping social media platform that is designed specifically for younger viewers. Users can swipe through pre-approved, age-appropriate Vines with the help of adorable animated characters who frame the Vines themselves.

    Vine Kids is available now in the Apple App Store.

    The idea came about during an office conversation in early January. One of my colleagues was talking about how much his two-year-old daughter loves Vine –– he said he wished there was a separate app she could use to more easily watch posts that are appropriate for kids.

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    images via Vine Kids