Last Week, I Was Paragliding; Now I'm Delivering Aid In Nepal

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I am OK, but Nepal is not. The part of the country that got hit the hardest is the remote Gorkha district. Many small towns and villages are still not included in any government search and rescue effort. This is one of many stories from the area: One day, six volunteers and two villages. » 5/01/15 2:45pm 5/01/15 2:45pm

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

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 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

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

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