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Salt Water Is All You Need to Power This Lamp for 80 Hours

Hurricanes, earthquakes, elected officials—there are plenty of legitimate reasons to prepare for the end of civilisation as we know it, and if the world’s supply of batteries ever runs out, you’ll be glad you had this emergency LED lamp tucked away in your doomsday shelter. Read More >>

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Emergency Services Bumbling a Switch to 4G in 2016

Police radios will be moving to a new system in 18 months or so, one built around 4G connectivity. Problem is (*checks phone*) 4G coverage is patchy at best, so what's likely to happen when the current Airwave system is binned? The Register has put together an excellent guide to the messy state of near-future emergency communications. [The Register] Read More >>

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Jump Safely from Burning Buildings Wearing This Window Escape Pack

As more and more cities battle urban sprawl by building taller and more densely-packed buildings, threats from fire, terrorism, or similar calamities become more pronounced, especially for people living and working on the upper floors where the designated exits are their only options. But this lifesaving device aims to gently lower its wearer to safety from 25 stories up. Read More >>

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BioLite KettleCharge: Charge Your iPad With Boiling Hot Water

BioLite's line of twig-burning, gadget-powering stoves has already cemented the brand as every wilderness geek's best friend. But now, the brilliant minds behind the CampStove are giving you off-grid power and potable water, both indoors and out. Say hello to the KettleCharge. Read More >>

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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 flames. Read More >>

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Drunk Man United Fan Dials 999 Asking for Fergie

Greater Manchester Police had to issue a statement via their Facebook page last night advising on the proper time to call 999 after a drunken man phoned the emergency number demanding to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson after Manchester United's defeat to Sunderland. Read More >>

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This Tiny Mask Provides 5 Minutes of Filtered Air For Emergency Escapes

In primary 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 5aver promises on a smaller scale giving someone five minutes to escape a burning building. Read More >>

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This Gigantic 5 MW Battery Can Power a Village

Wiring everyone up to a single power grid is all well and good—until there's an power outage. But what if we could mitigate outages by supplementing the one big grid with lots of smaller ones powered by renewable energy? The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project aims to find out. Read More >>

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This Case Turns Your iPhone Into a Satellite Phone

When people call Apple's iPhone a "global device" it's really something of a misnomer. Can it work on a desolate, high peak? Or in the middle of the ocean? No, it's limited to a network of ground-based antenna. This simple case frees the iPhone from those shackles, and lets it work pretty much anywhere in the whole wide world. Read More >>

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Make an Emergency Flash Drive and Take it With You Whenever You Travel

You lost your wallet in Jakarta. You got hit by a car in Paris. You need to get online in a sketchy internet cafe in Reno. Read More >>

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Hungary’s Red Sludge Disaster Zone Still Looks Apocalyptic Two Years Later

In 2010, a lake of caustic, poison mud from an aluminium manufacturing operation spilled out and destroyed a nearby town, along with much of the native life. Humans were killed and burned, property destroyed. And it still looks like Mars. Read More >>

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This Man Had a Taser Dart Stuck In His Brain and Didn’t Even Realise

Sometimes, academic journals have the best stories. Like last week's issue of Forensic Science International, which describes how a man had a a drunken confrontation with the police and ended up with a taser dart stuck in his brain. Read More >>

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“This Country Has Been Attacked With Nuclear Weapons”

This is the horrifying script the BBC was planning to broadcast to the nation in the event of a nuclear attack on the country, back in the '70s. If your radio or TV still worked, and if your ears hadn't been melted off your head, this is what you would've heard: Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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An Emergency Phone With a 15-Year Standby Time Is Definitely Going In My Car’s Boot

Your car's broken down. Your phone's out of battery. Hell, it's always out of battery these days. What do you do? Well, if Xpal Power has anything to do with it you'll just pick up your Spare One. Read More >>