If you want to learn a potentially life-saving action, you need to practice it. And if you need to learn if your clothing and other gear is capable of saving your life, you need to test it. This is how the Navy SEALs do just that for cold weather emergencies.
Down is the most effective, commonly available insulator known to man. So long as you keep it dry. But, new hydrophobic down coatings promise to retain its warmth when wet. We tested that claim by cutting a hole in a frozen lake and jumping through it.
"He was wearing all cotton, which is the worst fabric for cold, wet weather. The weather just got the best of him," reads an official statement by Alaska State Troopers about the death of a hiker there in 2005. This is how and why cotton can kill you.
Victims of exposure and hypothermia never have a good time of it, but sometimes they engage in a behavior that's both understandable and horrifying. It's called "terminal burrowing behavior," and involves losing their minds, running away, and crawling into a hole to die.
Inducing hypothermia in oxygen-deprived newborns can protect them from brain damage. Researchers cooled infants to 33–34°C for 72-hours within 6 hours of birth. Treated babies were 60% more likely to have normal intelligence, hearing and vision, and had better mental and physical health through 7 years of age.
Surgeons from the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are set to begin suspended animation trials by dramatically cooling down trauma victims in an effort to keep them alive during critical operations.
It is one of the weirdest, wildest moments in Star Wars history. Han Solo picks up Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and slices open the belly of his dead tauntaun and stuffs Luke in to to warm him up and save his life.
When a Swedish man drove down a deserted forest road near Umeaa, Sweden last December 19th, he was probably looking forward to Christmas. But that day, his car somehow became buried under a mountain of snow. He was trapped there for two months, suffering insanely low temperatures, with no access to food. Last Sunday,…
This week in Cult: Find out what's lying beneath the ice, and see two more clips from the buzz-saw face robot killer Robo Geisha.