What It's Like To Adopt An Older Dog

A couple months ago, Lara and I adopted an 8-year old Cocker Spaniel and named him Rufio. Can an older dog really involve less effort and energy than a puppy? And can one integrate as fully into an active family? This is our experience. » 3/24/15 4:35pm 3/24/15 4:35pm

This Spherical Rescue Drone Is Straight Out of Star Wars

Flying drones inside burning buildings while looking for disaster survivors is incredibly hard, but it's also one of the most promising applications of the machines. That's why the Gimball search and rescue drone, billed as the world's first collision-proof drone, was just awarded $1 million in the United Arab… » 2/09/15 1:25pm 2/09/15 1:25pm

This 60-MPH Ambulance Drone Could Be 10 Times Better At Saving Your Life

If you're struck by a heart attack, nothing means more to your survival than rescuer response time. With this flying ambulance drone in action, the odds of coming back from cardiac arrest could improve from 8 percent to 80. » 10/30/14 9:00pm 10/30/14 9:00pm

This Firefighter Is Writing Google Glass Apps to Help Save Lives

Google Glass sure has its fair share of dumb applications, but some projects mercifully seem to balance them out. Like the apps put together by Patrick Jackson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a firefighter who's writing code to help rescue teams save time—and lives. » 1/21/14 4:30am 1/21/14 4:30am

The dramatic rescue of a survivor trapped three days in a sunken ship

Here's a dramatic story with a happy ending to start up the week: this newly released video shows the rescue of a survivor trapped for three days in an air pocket inside a sunken ship. The moment of the encounter with a diver sent to bring dead bodies to the surface is incredible—and so is the rescue itself. » 12/02/13 8:52pm 12/02/13 8:52pm

This Drone Could Actually Save Your Life

Drones may sometimes get a bad press as killing machines, but here's one that could actually save your life. Put together by researchers in Iran, this autonomous flying machine is designed to help people who are drowning at sea. » 11/12/13 7:45am 11/12/13 7:45am

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 2:00pm 10/25/13 2:00pm

Two F-16s Collided Last Night. Here's Raw Footage of the Rescue.

Last night, two F-16 fighter jets collided during a training mission off the coast of Chincoteague, Virginia. One pilot had to eject into the sea at about 10:30PM. Here's the captivating raw footage the Coast Guard pulling him out of the water to safety. » 8/02/13 1:28pm 8/02/13 1:28pm

A Heroic Canadian Police Drone Saved a Car Crash Victim's Life

Normally drones aren't credited with saving lives. But the Saskatoon Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) reports that their personal drone helped them hunt down an injured car crash victim for rescuing, ultimately saving the poor guy's life. » 5/11/13 5:00pm 5/11/13 5:00pm

These Badass Multifuntion Scissors Could Save Your Life One Day

Instead of incorporating a useless pair of tiny scissors into a multi-tool, Leatherman has used a pair of industrial-looking snips as the base for its new Raptor tool. » 11/21/12 12:40pm 11/21/12 12:40pm

Chest Sensor Produces Instant Floor Plans for Emergency Personnel

Researchers at MIT have found yet another use for Microsoft's Kinect sensor. They've stripped it down, tacked on a sophisticated laser rangefinder, added wireless functionality, and turned it into a wearable sensor that will automatically map the inside of a building as the wearer moves through it. » 9/25/12 10:22am 9/25/12 10:22am

This Drone Aircraft Could Save Lives

We generally hear about drone aircraft killing people in war zones. But there's a reverse side to that narrative—an autonomous copter can drop medicine and supplies to people stranded after a natural disaster even when roads have been demolished. A humanitarian group called Ideate recently tested drones' viability… » 9/07/12 3:40pm 9/07/12 3:40pm

The Emergency Multi-Tool That Could Literally Save Lives

What looks like an elaborate gardening implement is actually a student-designed multi-tool prototype that could serve as an entire toolbox of rescue equipment. One that can be used to free trapped survivors after a natural disaster. » 7/16/12 4:40pm 7/16/12 4:40pm

Watch This Snowboarder Survive an Avalanche By Floating On an Airbag

Meesh Hytner was doing typical pro-snowboarder things, participating in an informal backcountry competition in Colorado, when suddenly she found herself in a class-3 avalanche. Lucky for her, she was wearing an emergency airbag system, and lucky for you, there's video. » 2/02/12 3:40pm 2/02/12 3:40pm

The Next Time You're Drowning, You'd Better Hope One of These Is Nearby

Dragging a body any distance is tough enough on land, much less while swimming. And the faster you land that person, the more likely you are to resuscitate him. Unfortunately, most conventional life-saving equipment is either slow moving, like kick-boards, or slow launching, like wave-runners. Hence, the Asap Water… » 12/05/11 11:40pm 12/05/11 11:40pm

The Inflatable Wetsuit Designed to Save Lives in Big Waves

No, you're not looking at Igor, The Hunchbacked Waterlad. This is Shane Dorian, one of the best (if not the very best) big wave surfers in the world, and he's wearing the world's first inflatable wetsuit. » 8/29/11 10:00am 8/29/11 10:00am

Man Climbs 300-Foot Radio Tower, Lives There Six Days

A 25-year-old Oklahoma man climbed a Clear Channel radio tower to avoid being captured by security guards who spotted him in a restricted area. Not the brightest move, but he did evade his pursuers for six days. » 8/16/11 11:04pm 8/16/11 11:04pm

Modular iMobot Will Search, Rescue and—Damn It All—Dance

If it's ever deployed as a rescuer, as designed, the iMobot will undoubtedly save lives and be everyone's favorite evening news robo hero. But I think the iMobot's moonlighting career as a breakdancer is where it will truly shine. » 3/27/11 3:00pm 3/27/11 3:00pm

Mission Accomplished Chile: All 33 Miners Have Been Rescued

You're looking at the happy face of Luis Urzua, the last of the 33 Chilean miners to be rescued. As he stepped out of the rescue capsule he was greeted with a sign proclaiming "Mission Accomplished Chile" and applause. [CNN] » 10/13/10 9:30pm 10/13/10 9:30pm