Surviving the Drought

Since the drought began in California, my mom has become even more overzealous about conserving water. “The lawn is all brown blotches,” she giggled before I went home to visit last summer. “I turn off all the sprinkler but I think Marcelino turns it on.” Marcelino is our neighbor. He is retired gardener who sometimes… » 6/05/15 12:14pm 6/05/15 12:14pm

An Impossibly Tough Flash Drive That Survives -40F to 185F Temperatures

Even if you've dropped a few extra dollars on a 'durable' flash drive that can safely be tossed about, it might not actually be as tough as you think it is. At least not compared to this non-descript drive from Green House that's a master of survival. It's rated to work at temperatures as cold as -40 degrees… » 2/04/15 9:30am 2/04/15 9:30am

A true survival story about a crazy fishing trip gone wrong

Red Bull is animating crazy surfer stories and this one from surfer Dean 'Dingo' Morrison is a doozy. It starts when he decides to buy a boat to try and catch the biggest fish he can. But him and his friends get too drunk and capsize the boat and end up swimming from island to island in search of rescue. » 12/19/14 10:42pm 12/19/14 10:42pm

Holy crap, tiny gosling chicks jump 400 feet off a cliff to survive

If you think Red Bull gives you wings or that buying a GoPro makes your life awesome, I think these tiny little gosling chicks have something to tell you: mother nature doesn't need that for thrills. Look at them 'base jump' off a 400 foot cliff 'without a parachute' and hit the side of the mountain and still survive. » 10/27/14 9:32pm 10/27/14 9:32pm

This Flashlight Survival Kit Is Perfect For a Lights-Out Apocalpyse

One of the most useful things you can possibly have if you're up the metaphorical creek after dark is a source of illumination: finding firewood (or just not falling over a cliff) is much easier if you can see what you're doing. That's why this survival kit, which packs supplies into the body of a flashlight, could be… » 10/09/14 11:59pm 10/09/14 11:59pm

How to Choose a Reliable Emergency Radio (and Some Good Ones to Buy)

With luck, you'll never need to rely on an emergency radio, but they're an essential part of any emergency kit. However, not all emergency radios are alike, and buying a reliable one isn't as simple as plucking one from the shelves. Here's what to look for, and some good options for your emergency kit. » 9/29/14 1:30pm 9/29/14 1:30pm

A Ballistic Sleeping Bag That Promises Protection From a Tornado

They seem like a smart idea, but how many people do you really know with a safe room in their house? Probably none, because they're expensive, and that includes those living in areas where storms can generate deadly tornados. So a Missouri-based inventor has come up with a cheaper way to stay safe during a twister—an … » 9/09/14 6:02pm 9/09/14 6:02pm

Shoelaces That Include Everything You Need To Start an Emergency Fire

Unless you're trying to prove yourself on some ill-conceived reality survival show, it's always a good idea to bring some way to easily start a fire when you head off into the wilderness. But if things go awry, this simple set of shoelaces can be used to start a fire in the event of an emergency. » 8/08/14 12:02pm 8/08/14 12:02pm