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X Games and Winter Sports You Won’t Believe

I’m pretty sure I’ve tried shovel racing (#6)… but it wasn’t snowing at the time. Ah, those drunken student days…

Russians Nab First Sample of Lake Vostok

Russian drilling operations at Lake Vostok, Antarctica, have succeeded in collecting a long-sought core sample of water frozen into the borehole from the glacier-covered, 20 million-year-old lake they cracked into last year. Read more…

(This is pure-squeezed awesomejuice.)

you can watch Felix’s fall live on Discovery Channel or on DiscoveryNews online.

if he succeeds he’ll break a long-standing record, but if he fails… well… it won’t be pretty.

Watch live here…


© Volkmar K. Wentzel, Aug. 16, 1960, Joseph Kittingers free fall

Today, Austrian sky diver Felix Baumgartner aims to execute the highest free fall in history. For 52 years that record has been held by U.S. Air Force pilot Joseph Kittinger—shown above at the outset of his historic skydive.

It was August 16, 1960. Kittinger had just uttered “Lord, take care of me now” and stepped out of his open-air, helium-balloon gondola, some 20 miles (31 kilometers) up. Thirteen minutes and 45 seconds later, he had traveled from the edge of space to New Mexico using only a pressurized suit and parachutes.

Designed in part to study high-altitude bailouts, much of the Air Force project, from training to touchdown, was captured in classic National Geographic pictures, re-presented here in anticipation of Baumgartner’s expected sound barrier-shattering dive from 23 miles (37 kilometers) above the same spot.

“At zero count I step into space,” Kittinger wrote in 1960. “No wind whistles or billows my clothing. I have absolutely no sensation of the increasing speed with which I fall.” The U.S. Air Force pilot accelerated to 614 miles (988 kilometers) an hour—nearly the speed of sound—during his 4 minutes and 36 seconds of free fall. In a few hours, Baumgartner intends to break that speed record, and the sound barrier in the process. (read more here and here)

(via pbsthisdayinhistory)

We’ve got blind swimmers, runners with no legs and rugby players in wheelchairs.

U.S. Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder lost his sight defusing IEDs in Afghanistan only one year ago, and now he’s competing for gold on the U.S. Paralympic team (more about Lt. Snyder).

These are our heroes, our car crash victims, and I-was-simply-born-this-way human. All reaching for gold.

Clearly, disability is the wrong word.

Paralympians Grab for Gold

Paralympians are surely the superheroes of our world. Overcoming unimaginable odds, these athletes have been battling it out for gold over the past weeks and the Games end this weekend.

Tony Voltenpest, is the fastest paralympic runner in the world.

In the Soccer-Men’s 5-a-side preliminary match with Spain against Argentina, the players wear blindfolds to even the field among partially-sighted and blind players. The ball emits a sound, which helps them keep track of it.

China celebrate as they win a point against the United States in the Women’s Sitting Volleyball game.

see more photos…

Climate change is hitting the parks hard.

It’s not the only problem they face, but instead one of many.

Light and noise pollution are also culprits.

Will Budget Strapped National Parks Be Able to Respond to Climate Change?

Environmental changes confronting the National Park System are widespread, complex, accelerating and volatile.

The assessment is not good and on closer inspection, things only get worse.

we should plan a visit…

Is she crazy or brave or… some kind of hybrid of those.

Bravy?? CrazeCrave… Bravy it is.

Stuntwoman’s Walk Between Trucks Explained

Faith Dickey walked across a rope strung between two trucks speeding down a highway at 80 miles per hour. SPOILER: Dickey makes it across just a second before the trucks entered separate tunnels, severing her rope line.

walk hard…

Aside: It’s essentially an ad for Volvo trucks. Does this make you want to buy a Volvo? Me either.What if she failed? Not great publicity there…

Felix Baumgartner Survives 17-Mile Plunge

Next stop: the edge of space.

Adventurer Felix Baumgartner has successfully jumped from from 96,640 feet (29,455 meters) from a custom balloon — the last test required before his planned 23-mile freefall from the edge of space can take place.

On that jump, Baumgarther will achieve supersonic speeds.

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Airmen Lost in Antarctic Ice May Be Recovered

Three American Navy fliers were buried in Antarctica after their plane crashed in 1946. Now explorers want to recover their remains.

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More photos here: Antarctica Mission: Lost in the Ice

Photos: 1) “Bud” Henderson  2) Ensign Max Lopez 3.) Fred Williams

Daredevil Makes Test Jump at 71,581 Feet

The plunge from 71,581 feet was a success. Next up: 120,000 feet.

Daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner’s plans to plunge 23 miles from the edge of space back to Earth — a Red Bull-sponsored stunt that would be the world’s highest freefall — and on Thursday, his team announced the completion of a key test flight over Roswell, N.M.

"The height of Felix’s test flight was significant, as it was the first time he passed the Armstrong Line of approximately 63,000 feet, where the atmospheric pressure truly tests Felix’s custom-made space suit," his team said in a news release.

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100 Years Ago Today: Robert Falcon Scott Reaches South Pole

"Great God!" wrote Scott as he surveyed the area around the South Pole, "this is a terrible place."

How to Eat Live Octopus

In a new video from FuelTV’s show Strangers In Danger, BMX-pros-turned-travel-show-hosts Zach “Catfish” Yankbush and Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla find themselves in Korea to sample sannakji — the Korean word for octopus. In other octopus-eating countries, the eight-legged marine creatures are usually cooked before human consumption, but in Korea they are traditionally served live.

As you can see in their video, they had to strategically plan out how to accomplish this task, with the threat of the octopus choking them from inside with their legs’ strong suction cups.

Read a story that explains the whole experience here.

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