Reasons NOT to be an Astronaut -- Having to Wash Your Eyes

This photo here shows a spaceman washing his eyes. Because of the way water floats about in space thanks to gravity stuff, if something nasty gets in your eye up there there's no flapping a bit of water in your face from the sink. It's on with the eye-torture goggles for a rinse. Read More >>

This Tiny MacGyver Emergency Toolkit Will Get You Out of Any Situation

iFixit, the folks responsible for tearing down all of our favourite gear, also sell kits that include all the tools they use. But none will ever be as useful as this tiny £6 'Action Hero Toolkit' inspired by TV's most resourceful hero: MacGyver. Read More >>

Reusable Airbag Backpack Helps Keep You Alive in an Avalanche (Or Two)

Compared to car airbags that need to inflate immediately, the airbags that skiers wear to avoid being buried in an avalanche don't necessarily need to inflate as fast. So Black Diamond's new JetForce backpack uses a fan instead of compressed air which means not only can you try it out beforehand, it's also cheap and easy to reset. Read More >>

The Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern Gets a Colourful Follow-Up

What was originally conceived as a cheap rechargeable LED light for parts of the world where the power grid wasn't reliable, turned out to be a huge hit with consumers all over the world after it was unveiled at CES last year. So this year MPOWERD is introducing a slightly more extravagant model of its inflatable lantern called the Luci Aura that features colour changing LED lights and a new frosted plastic giving it a softer glow. Read More >>

Woman Admitted to Hospital After Three Hour Orgasm... Ordeal

After hopping up and down and drinking wine wouldn't end a woman's continuous orgasm, her husband took her to the local A&E department for a check up. In the end, she was stuck in the throes of passion for three hours. Read More >>

How to Make Your Own Glowing Light Bulbs That Don't Need Electricity

If remembering to keep an emergency flashlight charged is beyond your responsible capabilities, here's a great tutorial on how to make another backup light source that never needs power or batteries. Over on Korean-based Hobby Design there's a relatively simple steb-by-step guide on how to make these glowing silicone light bulbs that should provide enough light to help you find your way around during a power outage. Read More >>

North Yorkshire, Suffolk and Glasgow Testing Nationwide Mobile Emergency Network

The government seems to be expecting something bad to happen in Easingwold, Leiston and Glasgow, as these are the three areas that'll be testing two new emergency alert systems for mobiles. Read More >>

New Cars Will Have Emergency GPS and Help-Calling Systems From 2015

The European Commission has signed off legislation covering its proposed eCall device, which will require car makers to stick a GPS device and automatic calling system inside every car. The idea being it instantly phones for help if you have an accident and might, therefore, save lives. Read More >>

Breitling Emergency II: A Satellite Distress Signal On Your Wrist

Breitling's original Emergency watch first launched back in 1995 and was able to broadcast a distress signal on the 121.5 MHz analog band allowing ships, planes, and other vehicles to track it. But if your approximate location wasn't already known, it made locating the signal a bit tricky. So Breitling is introducing an upgraded version of the watch—the Emergency II—that adds the ability to send a distress signal to satellites circling overhead, so no matter where on Earth you're lost, you can be found. Read More >>

@999 Please Help My Router is Melting

The London Fire Brigade is considering letting us use Twitter to make 999 emergency requests, seeing as we're all too engrossed in staring at our phones to bother actually making a proper phone call. Read More >>

Survival Pod Lets You Ride Out a Tsunami in Relative Comfort

Inspired by the tragic tsunamis that hit Japan last year, Australian houseboat builder Matt Duncan decided to design and construct the ultimate life jacket. What he came up with was the Tsunami Survival Pod, designed to protect up to four passengers from rushing waters and tonnes of debris. Read More >>

The Tiny Yellow Sticker That Detects Accidents and Alerts Your Emergency Contacts

Expanding on its product line which makes it easy for someone to find your emergency contacts if you're injured, ICEdot (In Case of Emergency) is taking the idea one step further. Working with a company called SenseTech LLC, it's developing a tiny helmet sensor that knows when you've been in an accident, how severe it was, and automatically triggers your phone to call for help. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

The Emergency Multi-Tool That Could Literally Save Lives

What looks like an elaborate gardening implement is actually a student-designed multi-tool prototype that could serve as an entire toolbox of rescue equipment. One that can be used to free trapped survivors after a natural disaster. Read More >>

Portable Battery-Powered X-ray Machine Guarantees You'll Always Find the Best Kinder Surprise Toys

Developed by a Japanese company called Mikasa for emergency medical use in the field, particularly when there's no power after a disaster, the TRB9020H portable x-ray machine weighs just 7 kg and can take up to 300 images on a single charge. Read More >>


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