Using goTenna's Pocket Antenna to Send Texts Without Cell Service

Inspired by the downed cell towers and utility outages of Hurricane Sandy, the folks at goTenna wanted a way to keep smartphones connected even when the grid fails. What they came up with is a pocket-sized handheld antenna that lets users send texts and location info without cell service. And we got to see a prototype… » 7/24/14 1:50pm Yesterday 1:50pm

Apocalypse Preppers Are Using Pinterest to Plan for the End of the World

Pinterest is a great place to plan for a fun birthday, a zesty cocktail party, a beautiful wedding, or… the apocalypse. No seriously, there's a whole subculture of so-called "Preppers" who maintain pinboards devoted to getting ready for the end of the world. It's more cheerful than it sounds. » 5/15/14 10:44am 5/15/14 10:44am

An Orchestra of Drones Will Rule Mankind With Sweet Tunes

Okay, yes, these drones look adorable zipping around and playing keyboards and drums like a swarm of musical bees. Don't let them charm you. It's all part of their plan. First you start to trust them, then they take over mankind. Stay strong. Stay...wait, are they playing bells? Aww, they're so cute! » 4/23/14 2:20pm 4/23/14 2:20pm

The Earth Was Almost Fried Back in 2012

A massive solar storm in July 2012 was more intense than thought—and it blasted right through the Earth's orbit. Luckily for us, we were on the other side of the sun, thus missing the chaos completely. But if that storm had hit this beautiful little blue marble in space? "The solar bursts would have enveloped Earth in… » 3/19/14 12:00pm 3/19/14 12:00pm

NASA-Backed Study Says Humanity Is Pretty Much Screwed (Updated)

Hope you've enjoyed civilized life, folks. Because a new study sponsored by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center says the world's industrial societies are poised to collapse under the weight of their own unsustainable appetites for resources. There goes the weekend . . . and everything after it for the rest of our lives. » 3/15/14 7:00pm 3/15/14 7:00pm

An Indestructible Marker Keeps You Vandalizing Through the Apocalypse

Just because the world as we know it has come to an end doesn't mean that people won't want to read an amusing limerick written on a bathroom stall. And for just $8, this Pocket Shark Tactical Marker is guaranteed to survive almost anything—from a Mad Max-style dystopia, to even a zombie uprising. Let's see your… » 10/25/13 4:20pm 10/25/13 4:20pm

Newly discovered asteroid could hit Earth in 2032

Shutdown, Obamacare, Syria... who cares—while Humanity wastes time in political shitslinging and unnecessary wars, a team of Ukranian astronomers have discovered a massive asteroid that has a real chance of hitting Earth in 2032 with apocalyptical consequences. It's the second time in history that an asteroid makes it… » 10/17/13 1:34pm 10/17/13 1:34pm

Could Humanity Possibly Survive the Sun's Explosive Death?

Despite the Mayan Calendar's and the People's Temple's best efforts, we've managed to avoid any sort of Apocalypse and/or End Times thus far. But don't let your guard down just yet, because we know for a fact that, one day, that warm, life-giving center of the solar system will turn its back on us and blow up, taking… » 10/08/13 1:20pm 10/08/13 1:20pm

How the Arctic Seed Vault and Apocalypse Entwine With Climate Change

Since 2007, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has maintained a repository of the world’s agricultural heritage. A series of tunnels bored into the side of a mountain, this vault is climate-controlled, secure against tectonic activity or sea-level rise, and designed to hold up to 4.5 million different seed varieties for… » 9/18/13 3:01pm 9/18/13 3:01pm

Why Is the USDA Storing 700,000 Vials of Frozen Sperm in Colorado?

When a drive through America's heartland showcases mile after mile of cow-filled field, it's easy to overlook the most sobering of all possibilities. These wonderful delicious animals could all get wiped out one day, leaving the world burgerless and milk free. Don't worry. The USDA is on the case. » 8/09/13 2:40pm 8/09/13 2:40pm

All the Failed Predictions of When the World Will End

It's almost become not crazy to predict when the world will end because so many crazy people do it all the freaking time. But look, we're all still here. Nothing has ended. The world is still here. To keep track of all the crazies, information design agency Accurat created a graphic to show just who has been… » 7/30/13 11:02pm 7/30/13 11:02pm

Gimme Shelter: 9 Instant Buildings From Disaster Zones to Battlefields

Describing architecture as "instant" can mean different things to different people. During the post-War housing shortage, it meant prefab homes that went up in weeks. For disaster survivors, it can mean something as simple as a shelter that's assembled in hours. For the military, instant architecture often means… » 5/20/13 9:42am 5/20/13 9:42am

Concrete Wine Bunkers Let You Get Drunk Even After the World Ends

We're just hours from the Apocalypse at this point. It's way too late to take any preventative action, but that doesn't mean we can't be ready for the aftermath. And what are you going to want when you're battered and bruised, wandering around the torrid wasteland that once was Earth? Alcohol. All of it. » 12/20/12 3:20pm 12/20/12 3:20pm