Last year's massive quake in Japan reminded us all just how destructive an earthquake can be. To prepare for the next one, Japanese engineers are coming up with all kinds of new ways to protect vulnerable buildings.
Every day scores of pedestrians are injured or killed when they tangle with a car, so a group of Japanese researchers had the wacky idea of putting airbags on the outside of a car to protect people on foot.
Few people think of horseback riding as a dangerous sport, but at least 13 riders have been killed in the sport of eventing over the last four years. This inflatable body vest attempts to prevent serious injuries, by cushioning the body from major blows.
NASA's "deployable energy absorber" may appear to be a couple of oversized sponges attached to the bottom of a helicopter, but you could be looking at a safety system that helps occupants survive a helicopter crash — or even...