Introducing the New Laughing Squid Store Featuring Unique Gear, Gadgets, Apps, Software and More!

Laughing Squid Store

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Laughing Squid Store. It features an eclectic mix of awesome gear and gadgets, software, lifestyle products, web services, designer assets, eLearning services, freebies, and much more great stuff at a deep discount.

Items in the store are available for purchase for limited time and we will be adding many new things all the time, so make sure to create a store account and subscribe to our store’s Twitter account and RSS feed to hear about the latest items available. When you sign up for our store, you’ll also be added to an email list with options for daily, weekly and monthly store updates which you can configure through your account settings.

We are offering a special Laughing Squid Store launch discount to our readers. Just enter code LS10OFF at checkout to receive 10% off your first purchase. The coupon code expires March 3, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.

Our store also has a really great referral program. If your friends sign up via the unique referral link we provide, you’ll earn a $10 credit after they make their first purchase.

The Laughing Squid Store is powered by StackCommerce. They handle all support issues related to the store and manage the inventory and shipping of items.

Keep an eye out for our weekly roundup blog post highlighting items in the store as well as the occasional blog post about individual items in the store.

Here are some of the items currently available in the Laughing Squid Store:

Limited-Edition Code Black HD Camera Drone – $89.00

Bedphones Sleep Headphones – $39.95

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack – $29.99

BOLT Portable Battery & Wall Charger – $44.99

Soma Glass Carafe & Sustainable Water Filter – $35.99

BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer – $42.99

Taco Bell Tests Out Icing Filled ‘Cap’n Crunch’ Flavored Donut Holes Dessert in Bakersfield, California

Cap'n Crunch Delights

Peter Pham of Foodbeast was recently invited to the Taco Bell test kitchen to sample Cap’n Crunch Delights, the company’s latest dessert offering which will be rolling out in Bakersfield, California to start.

Made with Cap’n Crunch Berries cereal and a warm, gooey milk icing, the Delights are the newest addition to Taco Bell’s dessert lineup.

Cap'n Crunch Delights Two Halves

Cap'n Crunch Delights Oozing

images via Foodbeast

via Foodbeast

Leonard Nimoy Explains the Origins of Mr. Spock’s Famous Vulcan Greeting Hand Gesture on ‘Star Trek’

In 2014, actor Leonard Nimoy, who sadly passed away yesterday, explained to the Yiddish Book Center Wexler Oral History Project how his idea for Mr. Spock‘s Vulcan hand gesture came about during a Jewish ceremony, how he incorporated the greeting into the Star Trek series and how it quickly became an international symbol throughout the world.

5 or 6 guys got up on the bimah – the stage in front of the congregation. The get their tallit over their heads and they start this chanting, I think it’s called Dukhanen, and my father said “don’t look”. So everybody’s got their eyes covered with their hands, their tallit over their faces or turned away, turned their back to these guys and I hear this strange sound coming from them. They’re not singers, they were shouters and dissonant – it was all discordant. …It was chilling, something major is happening here, so I peeked. And I saw them with their hands stuck out from beneath their tallit like this toward the congregation and I thought “wow”.

Here’s the full 2014 interview during which Leonard Nimoy speaks Yiddish and tells the story of his family origins.

Astronauts Bid A Fond Farewell to Leonard Nimoy, Noting the Profound Effect That Mr. Spock Made on Their Lives

NASA astronaut Colonel Mike Fincke and ESA European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano bid a touching farewell to actor Leonard Nimoy, each noting the profound effect that his famous Star Trek character Mr. Spock had on the lives of scientists, engineers and astronauts around the world.

And as we at NASA along with our international partners explore the moon, Mars and beyond, will take the spirit and energy that Leonard brought to his character Mister Spock along with us -Live Long and Prosper

An Eerie Geiger Counter Chandelier That Flashes and Clicks When It Detects Nearby Radiation

Geiger Counter Chandelier by Phillip David Stearns

A Chandelier for One of Many Possible Ends is a light sculpture that sporadically flickers and clicks in reaction to local ambient radioactivity. The effect is achieved through 92 Geiger counters, each connected to an LED lighting element. The sculpture was created by artist Phillip David Stearns in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011. According to Stearns, if the sculpture ever fully illuminates, it is an indication of fatal levels of ambient radiation. A Chandelier for One of Many Possible Ends is on display at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York through March 2015.

Geiger Counter Chandelier by Phillip David Stearns

Geiger Counter Chandelier by Phillip David Stearns

photos via Phillip David Stearns

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Futuristic and Fanciful Design Proposals for a Planned Pedestrian Bridge in London

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

The Wandsworth Council in London is currently holding a design competition for a planned pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will span the Thames between Nine Elms and Pimlico. So far the competition has attracted 87 design proposals, many of which are strikingly ambitious, even bizarre. While the designs themselves are remarkable, the competition seeks to select the best team of designers and engineers, rather than the final bridge design. The winning team will be selected in July.

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

images via Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition

via Creators Project

Google Unveils Plans for a New Mountain View Campus With Moveable Structures Housed Under Giant Canopies

New Google Campus Design

Today Google unveiled plans to redevelop their Mountain View, California campus with an innovative complex of new buildings. The plan–conceived by architects Bjarke Ingels of BIG and Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio–calls for lightweight block-like structures housed under massive and airy canopies. The blocks will be moveable to accommodate the changing needs of Google’s various teams. The translucent canopies will protect the structures while admitting natural light and outside air. The project also calls for public spaces, bike paths, and the restoration of nearby natural habitats.

New Google Campus Design

New Google Campus Design

New Google Campus Design

New Google Campus Design

photos via Google

Generous Women in China Make It Their Life’s Work to Care for Over 1,300 Stray Dogs Needing Their Assistance

Begging for Food

Five very generous older women in the prefecture of Weinan in the Shaanxi Province of China have banded together to create the Weinan Dog Asylum, a shelter where over 1,300 stray dogs in the area are given food, a safe place to sleep, and other canine (and human) companionship on a daily basis. The shelter was started in 2009 by a woman who was 60 years old at the time named Wang Yanfang who wanted to help these dogs who would have otherwise been taken away and perhaps even destroyed. Yanfang and a group of her friends sought to do something about this and developed the dog asylum, which relies heavily on donations.

The ladies said they have been voluntarily taking care of the dogs for around six years as a way to save them from the pound, according to local media. Needless to say, looking after such a large pack of dogs is a lot of work. They have to wake up at 4am to prepare around 400kg of dog food per day for the hungry animals.

Meal Time

Caring for Dogs

All Gone

Trimming Nails

images via CCTVNews

via, CCTVNews, Lost at E Minor