The Only Avalanche I Want to See Coming at Me Is One in This Lab

While we've come up with ingenious methods of escaping avalanches, science still isn't well-versed in their inner mechanics. A Montana State University researcher is trying to change that by setting off his own mini-avalanches—just, you know, indoors. » 1/28/12 1:20am 1/28/12 1:20am

Lifebag Saves Lives in Avalanches, Doubles as Halloween Costume

Aimed at winter sports enthusiasts, the Lifebag is a nifty refillable backpack. Weighing in at less than three pounds, its 150-liter capacity tank fills with gas in just three seconds when inflated manually, protecting the head and upper body of the wearer. But this Swiss invention could be so much more than just a… » 10/25/07 4:00pm 10/25/07 4:00pm