From the cute and cuddly to the unconventional and awe-inspiring, here’s a look at the photos, videos and characters that have our newsroom talking today.
3:15 p.m. ET
Malaysia’s International Tower Jump
Ninety-five professional base jumpers took part in the 12th annual International Tower Jump off Malaysia’s iconic building, the Kuala Lumpur Tower. Professional base jumpers from around the world gathered for the four-day event, jumping from the 1,300-foot-high tower.
1:30 p.m. ET
Water on Mars?
NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered evidence that there was once a running stream on Mars. According to NASA, the rover provided images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels. Although there has been other evidence of the presence of water on Mars, this was the first of its kind.
12:45 p.m. ET
Jim McMahon: Early-Stage Dementia
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who suffers from early-stage dementia, opened up to a Chicago television station Wednesday about the medical consequences of his career in the NFL. McMahon even admitted that if he could do it all over again, he would play baseball instead.
11:15 a.m. ET
Early ‘Mona Lisa’
What is being touted as an earlier version of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous “Mona Lisa” painting is to be shown in Geneva today, according to the Mona Lisa Foundation. The foundation said it would present “the stunning portrait of Lisa del Giocondo,” along with proof that it is indeed an earlier version of the “Mona Lisa” painting, using 35 years of scientific testing and research.
9:45 a.m. ET
Happy Birthday Google!
The popular search engine Google turned 14 years old today, celebrating with a cake-shaped Google doodle with 14 candles on top. Although Google’s exact start date is disputed, the multibillion-dollar company began celebrating with birthday doodles on Sept. 27, 2002.