rescue stories

During the Deepwater Horizon disaster, we threw a whole lot of different technical solutions at the problem hoping to fix it. Chile's in a similar situation now, trying to rescue a group of trapped miners half a mile below the surface. One solution? An escape capsule of sorts.
Sometimes the aftermath of a natural disaster is just as bad as the disaster itself, as the rescue teams on the ground can face a stiff challenge when it comes to communicating with the outside world and one another. Of course, our favorite problem solvers are here to help: tiny flying robots.
Next time you find yourself struggling to get back to shore, your savior could be a curvy lifeguard named EMILY. Well, curved as in, y'know, like a buoy. EMILY has been patrolling Zuma Beach in Malibu this summer, and will safeguard 25 more by the end of the year. Here's how it works.
The "SixthSense for Search and Rescue" system by designer Dieter Amick is like a front-mounted laptop that would give rescue personnel access to maps and pertinent information with just a glance downward. Sounds awesome, but why'd he have to go and make it so fanny pack-ish?
Robots help us build cars, explore the deepest oceans and farthest regions of space, and even take one for the team when it comes to bomb disposal. Now, we've got another trick to teach them: keeping us alive longer. The...