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How Will We Know the World Is Ending?

Visions of the end of the world tend to extremes—the planet fatally fracked, flooded, hurricaned, nuke-cratered. No survivors, or maybe one or two survivors, dazed and dust-grimed, roaming a wasted landscape, eating canned beans, rotted squirrels, each other. But the truth is we might be in for a slow burn, apocalypse-wise. The “end of the world” entails not just the actual end, that last gasp of human breath, but all the agony leading up to it, too. How, though—without the fire-and-brimstone theatrics—will we know that the planet is truly terminal? Read More >>

science
No, a Lemon Can’t Actually Start Fires and Here’s Why

Earlier this year a video appeared online purportedly showing how you could turn a lemon into a simple battery, and then use it to start a fire by igniting a piece of steel wool. It was similar to a simple science experiment many people tried at primary school, but going one step further to make fire? That’s where the science falls apart. Read More >>

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Woman Stalked By Starving Wolf For 12 Hours Survives Harrowing Ordeal

Last Friday, Joanne Barnaby went mushroom picking in a forest near Fort Smith in the Canadian Northwest Territories. It was an inauspicious beginning to what would end up being a 12-hour ordeal, one involving a desperate wolf, swarms of mosquitoes, an unwitting bear cub—and a can of beer. Read More >>

tools
Outdoor Clothing Brand Turns its Labels Into Stainless Steel Survival Tools

To help reinforce the idea that its clothing is designed for rugged outdoor adventures, Columbia is turning the informational hang tags on some of its garments into stainless steel survival tools that do everything from cut wood, to fix clothing tears, to filter water. Read More >>

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Here’s How to Use Them to Make Fire

You can now add lemons to the long list of random objects that can be used to start a fire. But unlike just generating friction and heat by rubbing two sticks together, the process of starting a fire using a piece of citrus fruit involves first turning it into a working battery with copper and zinc electrodes. Read More >>

design
This Simple Metal Tube is Packed Full of Emergency Supplies

After the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan a few years ago, the nation has a renewed focus on ensuring its residents are prepared for emergencies. And design studio Nendo’s contribution is this non-descript metal tube pre-packed with vital supplies. Read More >>

gadgets
An Impossibly Tough Flash Drive That Survives -40C to 85C Temperatures

Even if you've dropped a few extra quid 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, which is a master of survival. It's rated to work at temperatures as cold as -40°C, or as hot as 85°C, so no matter where on Earth work takes you, your data is safe. Read More >>

design
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 oversized sleeping bag made from the same material as bulletproof vests. Read More >>

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Always be Prepared with This Watch that Hides a Survival Kit

It's not often that you find yourself stuck alone in the wilderness with no hope of being rescued. But if you did, you'd want the Recon 6 Watch strapped to your wrist. The timepiece opens up like a treasure chest to reveal a full survival kit tucked neatly inside. Read More >>

safety
How to Survive Getting Struck by Lightning

Getting struck by lightning might seem like one of those impossible things more or less relegated to the world of idioms, but the truth of the matter is that it's a lot more likely than we'd want to believe. So just in case, The Art of Manliness has created this handy little infographic on how to maximise your chances of survival should lightning actually strike. Read More >>

wtf
A Teenager Somehow Survived a Five-Hour Flight in a Jet’s Wheel Well

A 16-year-old boy managed to stow away in the wheel well of a flight headed from California to Hawaii on Sunday—and then survived the five hour trip despite freezing temperatures, low pressures and little oxygen. Read More >>

war
Mathematician Calculates How to Survive First 30 Minutes of Nuclear War

We're more than half a century past 1960, when the Doomsday Clock ticked down to two minutes before midnight. Yet, despite the steady outpouring of movies and TV shows featuring rogue nukes and dirty bombs, fewer and fewer people actively worry about a nuclear bomb going off. That being said: Do you know where and when to take shelter if it does? Read More >>

wtf
How To Survive Four Months in the Wilderness: Just Eat Rats

Bear Grylls, eat your heart out. A trekker trying to cross the decidedly inhospitable Andes (during winter, no less) has been found after a four-month survival epic, during which he lost 20kg and became particularly acquinated with rat a la raisin. Read More >>

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Feet Of Flames: These Survival Boots Include a Built-In Fire Starting Kit

RockS2V is working hard to build a name for itself when it comes to emergency survival gear. The company's Provision coat includes a built-in life-saving toolkit if you find yourself stranded somewhere remote, and its new Substratum boots feature a secret compartment inside designed to stash an emergency fire starting kit. Read More >>