The Anti-Skyscraper Law That Shaped Sydney, Australia

When we look at visions of the future from the 20th century we often imagine the lone inventor or solitary artist concocting the fantastical world of tomorrow in isolation. But it's amazing how frequently both government regulation and the lack of regulation can influence the future of a given city in ways we don't… » 8/13/14 5:44pm 8/13/14 5:44pm

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 11:40am 4/22/14 11:40am

The Gear Crews Use to Snuff Out the Rim Fire

As of this morning, the Rim Fire burning through Yosemite National Park has scorched 237,341 acres—roughly 370 square miles—since it caught on August 17th, presumably from an illegal marijuana grow operation. Firefighters from across the state and country have been battling the blaze nonstop and currently have the… » 9/04/13 4:00pm 9/04/13 4:00pm

6 Tools That Are Saving Arizona from the Wildfires

Now that summer is heating up, certain parts of the world are prone to one heat specific disaster: wildfires. Numerous regions in Arizona, and the Los Alamos Nuclear Plant in New Mexico, are currently being ravaged by wildfires. And though it's only a minor consolation, there's lots of forward-thinking technology… » 6/29/11 12:30pm 6/29/11 12:30pm

X Sting Wish Fire Extinguisher Turns Firefighting Into a Shoot Out

When everyday devices become autonomous and start mating in the far future thanks to nanotechnology, items like fire extinguishers will become what designer Adam Scott has envisioned with the X Sting Wish. Mixing one part Dustbuster, one part machine gun, and a final part carbon fiber-wrapped fire extinguisher, Scott… » 10/05/08 4:00pm 10/05/08 4:00pm