power
Fukushima Could Make Japan a Leader in Nuclear Cleanup Tech

The idea that a nuclear disaster could actually drive innovation is definitely a new way to look at Japan's ongoing Fukushima debacle. But a new report from the AP does just that, suggesting that the long-term cleanup effort that Japan now faces will make it a world leader in decommissioning nuclear plants. Read More >>

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Your Phone's Wi-Fi Hotspot Could Act as an SOS Beacon in a Disaster

Trapped under rubble, unable to move following a natural disaster, it would be easy to assume there's no hope. But soon the Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone may be able to help raise alarm—acting as an SOS beacon to guide rescuers your way. Read More >>

networks
This Network-in-a-Backpack Will Connect People in Disaster Areas

This backpack may not look much, but it has impressive hidden depths: it contains all the kit you need to establish an ad hoc mobile network in just ten minutes—perfect for those working in disaster areas. Read More >>

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The Woman Who Survived the Titanic, Britannic, and Olympic Disasters

Today I found out about Violet Jessop, "Miss Unsinkable," the woman who survived the sinking of the sister ships the Titanic and the Britannic, and was also aboard the third of the trio of Olympic class vessels, the Olympic, when it had a major accident. Read More >>

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Pop-up "Network in a Suitcase" Brings Mobile Connections to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors and Rescuers

Two portable mobile networks said to fit inside a few suitcases are now up and running in the devastated parts of the Philippines, with the Vodafone-developed portable masts helping locals and rescuers coordinate attempts to patch up the smashed region. Read More >>

environment
How to Protect Cities from Sandy-like Storms? It's all About Islands

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy tore a path of destruction up and down the US' Eastern Seaboard. Earlier this week, ten architecture and planning teams revealed their solutions for rebuilding the city in a way that would promote resilience when the next hurricane comes along. One big takeaway? The world needs new islands. Read More >>

weapons
New Google Earth Hack Lets You Nuke Any City in Devastating 3D

A perverse fascination with nuclear fallout and blast radii isn't that weird. Don't you want to know how hard you and everything you know is going to obliterated from the face of the Earth in the unlikely case that some maniac drops twenty kilotonnes of atomic death on your front door? Now you can see a simulation of the mushroom cloud that will claim your life — in three dimensions. Read More >>

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Japanese Exoskeleton Complies With Two Key Laws of Robotics -- Looks Cool and Can Handle Stairs

There's a newly enhanced robot helper about to assist in cleansing the streets (and nuclear dead zones) of Japan, with this latest "disaster recovery" exoskeleton supposedly only a year away from being put into service. Read More >>

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Watch This £25 Million Gas Platform Sink to the Bottom of the Sea

Installing an off-shore gas platform can be a tricky proposition. Things can go very wrong. That's exactly what happened with this £25 million Iranian platform was being installed in the Persian Gulf. Read More >>

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Holy Crap, This Giant Sinkhole Swallowed an Entire Building

Imagine standing on the road one day and having a sinkhole swallow you whole. Or imagine sitting in your house and having a giant sinkhole vaporise your entire building. That's what happened in China. Two buildings in Guangzhou, China, tumbled straight into a giant sinkhole as the ground below them simply disappeared. Luckily, no one was hurt (though 300 residents had to be evacuated and some of them just lost their homes) as construction workers noticed the ground was already seeping in. Read More >>

environment
Fukushima Debris to Keep Hitting the Pacific Coast This Winter

Authorities expect more debris from the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami to wash up on the Pacific Coast this winter. Seasonal changes in ocean currents and North Pacific winds will push the 1.5 million tons of debris still out there towards our shores. Read More >>

design
This Earthquake-Proof Bed Can Deflect 65 Tonnes of Rubble

The tremors will probably still wake you up in the middle of the night, but falling asleep in an earthquake prone part of the world would be a little easier with this reinforced bed that can support up to 65 tons of debris. Read More >>

architecture
This Emergency Pop-Up Shelter Is Also the Perfect Bachelor Pad

The shipping container-sized EDV-01 is designed to be delivered to a disaster area and automatically transform into an emergency shelter. When deployed, two persons can live in the temporary structure for up to a month, complete with amenities like running water and electricity. Read More >>

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Facebook Will Prove You're Alive During the Next Disaster

When an earthquake ravaged Fukushima and terrified all of Japan, the entire country had one reaction: is everyone OK? And if you knew someone in an afflicted area, you might've been thinking, is my husband okay? Now Facebook will tell you. Read More >>

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Sound the All Clear: ROSAT Does Not Go Splat

ROSAT, the latest man-made object to fall from the heavens and threaten humanity's safety, has apparently burned up in Earth's atmosphere. The 1 in 2,000 chance of death from above we had all feared never materialised. Read More >>

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