Gennadiy Kutsenko of Ukraine dives into the Hawkesbury River at the qualifier event for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort in Sydney, Australia on Feb. 4.

Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

No hesitation

Gennadiy Kutsenko of Ukraine dives into the Hawkesbury River on Feb. 4 at the qualifier event for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort in Sydney.

American underdog David Colturi pulled the highest score — coming out ahead of Blake Aldridge, an Olympian from Great Britain who competed in the Beijing Olympics. Colturi, Aldridge and two other divers, American Steven LoBue and Mexican Jorge Ferzuli, will move on to compete in the final event, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Related on MNN: Extreme skydiver readies for supersonic space jump

* * *
 
A lion cub plays with a big snowball at the Belgrade zoo inside the city's Kalamegdan Park in Serbia on Feb. 5.
Photo: Alexa Stankovic/AFP/Getty Images

Snowball play

A lion cub plays with a big snowball on Feb. 5 at the zoo inside Belgrade's Kalamegdan Park in Serbia.

While this image is a lighthearted look at the weather, other images show a different side of the story. More than 300 people across Europe — many of them homeless — have died after a cold snap ushered in subzero temperatures and heavy snow. In Serbia, at least nine people have succumbed to the freezing conditions. Tens of thousands of villagers living in remote areas of the country are cut off from food and emergency services.

Related on MNN: Video of Chinese boy crying in snow sparks uproar

* * *
 
U.S. President Barack Obama reacts as 14-year-old Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Ariz. launches a marshmallow from Hudy's
Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Extreme Marshmallow Cannon

President Barack Obama reacts as 14-year-old Joey Hudy of Phoenix launches a marshmallow from his "Extreme Marshmallow Cannon" on Feb. 7 during Obama's tour of the White House Science Fair inside the State Dining Room in Washington, D.C.

While at the event, Obama announced new policies to recruit and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher programs, including requesting $80 million in his upcoming budget for teacher preparation, with the goal of training 1 million additional STEM students over the next decade.

Related on MNN: Michelle Obama challenges Jimmy Fallon in fitness contest

* * *
 
Fishermen use ropes and cranes to pull the carcass of a whale shark from the water at a harbor in Karachi, Pakistan on Feb. 7.
Photo: Asif Hassan/Getty Images

Big catch

Fishermen use ropes and cranes on Feb. 7 to pull the carcass of a whale shark from the water at a harbor in Karachi, Pakistan. The 40-foot whale shark, weighing in about 6-7 tons, was found dead in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi.

This shark, which is considered a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and destruction, later sold for 1.7 million rupees (about $18,000).

Related on MNN: Begging whale sharks stir debate in Philippines

* * *
 
Animals rights activists of the Mexican group Animanaturalis take part in a demonstration against bullfighting at the Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City on Feb. 5.
Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

Anti-bullfighting demonstration

Animal rights activists from the Mexican group Animanaturalis take part in a demonstration on Feb. 5 against bullfighting at the Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City.

Related on MNN: PETA lawsuit against SeaWorld over whales dismissed

* * *
 
A dog takes a dip in the icy water on the frozen shore of the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany on Feb. 6.
Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Arctic antics

A dog takes a dip on Feb. 6 in the icy water off the frozen shore of the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany.

Due to the extreme cold snap in Europe, rivers have frozen over and hampered boat traffic. The Elbe ferry has been shut down, and at least three ships have run into trouble, getting stuck in the ice of the Danube River.

Related on MNN: Europe sends in ice-breakers to battle big chill

* * *
 
A devotee has his body pierced with hooks before taking part in the Thaipusam procession at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India, Singapore on Feb. 7.
Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Thaipusam piercings

A devotee has his body pierced with hooks before taking part in the Thaipusam procession on Feb. 7 at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India, Singapore.

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. Devotees pray and make vows, and when the prayers are answered, devotees fulfill the vows by piercing parts of their body such as their cheeks, tongues, and backs before carrying a "Kavadi" or physical burden along a 4-kilometer route.

Related on MNN: The beautifully weird world of scientists' tattoos is revealed

* * *
 
Residents look for salvageable materials next to a destroyed house in La Libertad, Negros Oriental, Philippines on Feb. 7.
Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Picking up the pieces

Residents look for salvageable materials next to a destroyed house in La Libertad, Negros Oriental in the Philippines on Feb. 7, one day after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake triggered landslides, toppled homes and cracked open roadways, killing more than 20 people and leaving many more missing.

Many residents are sleeping outside because aftershocks are still rattling the area.

Related on MNN: Philippine earthquake rescuers must dig without heavy equipment; survivors beg for search help

* * *
 
Koreans spin fire cans on the banks of the Han River during a South Korean folk game called Geuybulnori in Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 5.
Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Celebrating Daeboreum

Koreans spin fire cans on Feb. 5 on the banks of the Han River during a South Korean folk game called Geuybulnori in Seoul, South Korea.

The event is part of a Daeboreum, a Korean holiday that celebrates the first full moon of the Korean calendar's lunar new year. In addition to Geuybulnori, there are many other Korean traditions that accompany this holiday, including cracking nuts with one's teeth and withholding food from dogs. (It is believed that if dogs eat on this day, they will become sick in the summer.)

Related on MNN: Happy Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees

* * *
 
An elephant is bathed by his mahout in a pond at a public park in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Feb. 7.
Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

A mahout and his elephant

An elephant is bathed by his mahout on Feb. 7 in a pond at a public park in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Some 50 elephants, mostly from the central part of the island, together with thousands of traditional drummers, dancers and monks gathered in the Sri Lankan capital to participate in the city's biggest two-day annual Buddhist procession on Feb. 6-7. The procession was first held in 1979.

Related on MNN: Elephants and evolution: Huge beasts took a long time to get that way

* * *
 
A plane passes in front of a orange-tinted full moon rising over London's Albert Bridge on Feb. 7.
Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Moonrise

A plane passes in front of an orange-tinted full moon rising on Feb. 7 over London's Albert Bridge.

Albert Bridge is said to be one of the most romantic bridges in London, and will be the start point for the flotilla of boats that will make their way along the Thames as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration.

Related on MNN: Don't miss this Mars, moon rendezvous

* * *
 
Living crocodiles are tied up for sale at a food market in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on Feb. 6.
Photo: Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Crocs for slaughter

Live crocodiles are tied up for sale on Feb. 6 at a food market in the port city of Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

In the absence of wildlife regulations and enforcement in the forests and waterways of Equatorial Guinea, endangered animals are often captured and sold for slaughter.

Related on MNN: Enormous ancient croc sported armored-plated head shield

* * *
 
Competitors are silhouetted by the sun as they splash through the water at the start of the 2012 Cole Classic ocean swim race at Shelly Beach in Sydney, Australia on Feb. 5.
Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Ocean swimming

Competitors are silhouetted by the sun as they splash through the water on Feb. 5 at the start of the 2012 Cole Classic ocean swim race at Shelly Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Related on MNN: How do I know if a lake is safe to swim in?

* * *
 
Silver Linnet and her jockey Adam Kirby (left) lead the stampede before winning a race at the Kempton race course in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, England on Feb. 8.
Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Taking the lead

Silver Linnet and her jockey Adam Kirby (left) lead the stampede before winning a race on Feb. 8 at the Kempton race course in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

Related on MNN: Horses could soon be slaughtered for meat in U.S.

* * *
 
Two orange bulldozers clean up ticker tape, scraps of paper and other trash on the streets after a Super Bowl victory parade honoring the New York Giants swept through New York City's Financial District on Feb. 7.
Photo: Dan Nguyen/Flickr

Paper blizzard

Two orange bulldozers clean up giant mounds of ticker tape, scraps of paper and other trash on the streets after a Super Bowl victory parade honoring the New York Giants in New York City's Financial District on Feb. 7.

Related on MNN: How to burn off the Super Bowl's 300 million pounds

* * *