Why Locating 911 Calls Is So Hard—And How To Make It Better

You've heard the cautionary tales about dialing 911 on your cell phone. A call about missing children in Illinois gets routed to Canada. A stroke victim in New York is only located after a grueling eight-hour search. Locating 911 calls in 2014 is a byzantine process that involves generating a fake phone number—but a… » 4/02/14 10:00am 4/02/14 10:00am

Photos of Tourists Staring at the WTC Are Weirdly Riveting

If you've ever taken a lunchtime stroll in Lower Manhattan, you've seen them: Sightseers (and locals, too) with their eyes raised skyward, watching the construction of One World Trade Center. Annoying to some, but revealing to photographer Keith Goldstein—whose photo essay Looking On captures the craning. » 1/23/14 10:40am 1/23/14 10:40am

Splitsecnd Adds OnStar-Like Emergency Response Calling To Any Vehicle

You can technically already get General Motor's popular OnStar service for any vehicle with its third-party FMV mirror. But you'll be paying $100 more, plus a larger monthly fee, than what Splitsecnd's asking for its new service. And instead of having to tear out your rear-view mirror, all you need is access to your… » 2/27/13 10:20am 2/27/13 10:20am

Military Jets Escorted Flights on 9/11 Because People Were Pooping Too …

On an LA-to-NY flight yesterday, a few people used the bathroom repeatedly. On a flight from Denver to Detroit, a few more people used the bathroom for a really long time. In both cases, the military intervened. Wait, huh? » 9/12/11 8:59am 9/12/11 8:59am

Debris from the World Trade Center Is Exploring Mars

Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in America's history. We remember and we mourn, but it's a pleasant thought to know that the memories of those who perished are part of the machinery that is exploring the Martian surface even now. » 9/10/11 1:00pm 9/10/11 1:00pm

How to Terror-Proof the New World Trade Center

Developers of the new World Trade Center learned a slew of lessons from the numerous attacks and eventual collapse of the original buildings—reexamining every aspect of the security and safety systems. Here's what they've figured out. » 9/09/11 3:20pm 9/09/11 3:20pm