Why the Swiss Evacuate Their Cows by Helicopter

At first, it's kind of charming. Look how well the Swiss treat their cows! A helicopter is dispatched just to carry an injured bovine stuck in the mountains! It's not an uncommon sight in the Alps, either: in Switzerland, insurance that covers helicopter evacuation for your family also includes your cows. » 12/17/13 5:40pm 12/17/13 5:40pm

The Italian Sunken Ship From Space Looks Surreal

Digital Globe has directed one of their Worldview satellites to the island of Giglio, Italy, to see how the Costa Concordia shipwreck looks from space. It's surreal to see the ship peacefully sitting there on its side. Especially because it's not. » 1/18/12 10:09am 1/18/12 10:09am

Night Vision Video of Concordia's Passengers Going Down the Hull After…

This night vision video was taken by one of the first rescue helicopters to arrive to the sinking site of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that ran aground on the island of Giglio, Italy. » 1/17/12 2:25pm 1/17/12 2:25pm

It May Be Decades Before the Fukushima Area Is Habitable Again

The two mile radius surrounding Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant may be out of commission for longer than anyone had previously thought; according to the Daily Yomiuri, land within about 3km could be kept off-limits "for several decades." It may also, according to the NY Times, be quite some time before residents… » 8/22/11 5:40pm 8/22/11 5:40pm

Air Force Flies From Washington To Antarctica To Rescue Sick Worker

If you're wondering about the cost of this medical evacuation, think high. And then probably think a bit higher. Flying 4,600 miles from Washington State to Antarctica, the C-17 cargo plane dodged ash-clouds and strapped on night-vision goggles to pick up the poorly contractor and drop him off at a hospital in New… » 7/05/11 12:00pm 7/05/11 12:00pm

What Would It Take To Evacuate a Nuclear Meltdown?

The U.S.' nuclear plants are getting older, becoming more unstable with age even as we demand more power of them. Meanwhile, population growth around these powerhouses has sky-rocketed, by as much as a factor of four in some places. Say you live in one of these cities. In the event of an emergency, how likely is it… » 6/27/11 9:00pm 6/27/11 9:00pm

The Lost Animals of Fukushima

After much hand-wringing, the Japanese government finally created a mandatory evacuation zone around the radiation-spewing Fukushima plant. Humans should be safe now. But the same can't be said of the hundreds of thousands of abandoned of animals left behind. » 5/16/11 2:33pm 5/16/11 2:33pm

Fukushima Evacuation Widened, Again

The Japanese government has taken the bold and somewhat confusing step of evacuating residents of towns outside the official isolation zone, in what amounts to a de facto enlargement. Babies and pregnant women will be the first of thousands removed. » 5/16/11 8:40am 5/16/11 8:40am

Japan Makes Radiation Evacuation Zone Mandatory

Long overdue: the mushy "suggested" evacuation now has some force behind it. The Japanese government has declared a 12 mile radius around the crippled Fukushima plant a mandatory evacuation zone—all but emergency workers are banned from entering. » 4/21/11 11:58am 4/21/11 11:58am

Japan Expands Evacuation Zone Again as Radiation Rises

The Japanese government has tapped five towns and cities outside of the current mandatory evacuation zone surrounding the Fukushima plant for mandatory departure, after the detection of escalating radiation levels. The evac order, however, will take up to a month. » 4/11/11 8:25am 4/11/11 8:25am

Japan's New Wasteland

What you're looking at isn't a scene from a sci-fi flick. It's real life—a phalanx of Japanese police in hazmat suits, carrying off a body found inside the deserted radius of Fukushima. » 4/08/11 10:05am 4/08/11 10:05am

Call to Arms: The International Space Station Needs Lasers

OK, let's cut the crap here, NASA: After today's near-evacuation, it's clear that you need weapons on the International Space Station. And don't forget to put web controls so we all can play. » 3/12/09 5:20pm 3/12/09 5:20pm