What To Do When You're The First On The Scene At An Accident

With the right knowledge and a little bit of forethought, the first person on the scene at a motorcycle accident can make the difference between life and death. I just wish I’d thought about this stuff before I found a rider down, trapped under his own bike on a desolate road. Here’s what happened. »9/23/15 1:18pm9/23/15 1:18pm


Smushing Three Robots Together Could Save Your Life

It would appear that we've finally reached the phase of UAV development where researchers get tired of coming up with new ideas and say, "You know what? Lets just smash a few of the ones we've already got together and see what happens." The result is, well, this ungainly mechanization but it's one that could save your… »9/23/14 6:02pm9/23/14 6:02pm

This Emergency Smartboat Won't Need Sailors to Help It Navigate

While GPS has enabled a degree of autonomous function in many modern maritime vessels, ships are very much unable to steer themselves upon the high seas—or even navigate out of the harbor. But, like a naval Knight Rider, this new "smart" search and rescue boat could soon be patrolling your local shores, all by itself. »9/09/14 12:00pm9/09/14 12:00pm

Jump Safely from Burning Buildings Wearing This Window Escape Pack

As more and more cities battle urban sprawl by building taller and more densely-packed buildings, threats from fire, terrorism, or similar calamities become more pronounced, especially for people living and working on the upper floors where the designated exits are their only options. But this lifesaving device aims… »8/26/14 11:40am8/26/14 11:40am

Bomber pilot saves the day in Boeing 737 emergency landing

This is US Air Force Captain Mark Gongol and his usual ride, a B-1B Lancer. But on December 30, 2013, Gongol wasn't flying his four-engine supersonic strategic nuclear bomber. He was just one of the 151 passengers inside United Flight 1637 but, when the pilot had a cardiac problem, he knew he had to step in. »6/02/14 11:36pm6/02/14 11:36pm

This Sci-Fi Helmet Could Give Firefighters Predator Thermal Vision

When firefighters have to enter a burning building, much of their job still involves blindly feeling their way through dense plumes of toxic fumes in search of those trapped inside. However, a novel new helmet design could one day give firefighters the ability to see through the smoke and hear beyond the roar of the… »4/22/14 11:40am4/22/14 11:40am

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 10:00am4/02/14 10:00am

Watch This Harrowing Drone Footage of the Building Collapse in Harlem

On Wednesday, a sudden gas explosion leveled two buildings in Harlem, killing at least seven people. Hordes of reporters arrived within minutes to cover the story, as did a random guy with a quadcopter. And, with apologies for the autoplay, this is the footage he captured in the immediate aftermath of the collapse: »3/13/14 11:00am3/13/14 11:00am

Show Old Man Winter Who's Boss With a Winter Emergency Kit

With the East Coast inundated with rain, sleet, and snow—and the West Coast not faring much better—now would be a good time to make sure your cold weather emergency kit is topped off with fresh supplies. Wait—you don't have a cold weather go-bag? Here's what you'll need to make it through the winter without shivering… »12/09/13 3:40pm12/09/13 3:40pm

Step Inside the U.S. Military's Advanced Weapons R&D Mini-City

Picatinny Arsenal is considered its own municipality by the New Jersey State government—which makes sense, given its 6,500 acre property. The difference between it and a normal town is that, inside Picatinny, nearly 2,500 engineers and scientists work with advanced weapons systems, military-grade 3D printers, and… »12/03/13 11:00am12/03/13 11:00am

This Tiny Mask Provides 5 Minutes of Filtered Air For Emergency Escapes

In grade school we were all taught to get as low to the ground as possible during a fire, to avoid excessive smoke inhalation. But a fire can also quickly create a dangerous mix of toxic gases hindering a safe escape. A fire fighter's mask and oxygen tank provides a constant supply of fresh air, and that's what the … »10/25/13 2:00pm10/25/13 2:00pm