safety stories

 
After a three-day service outage that left BlackBerry users around the world without the ability to make calls or access protected business accounts, police in the United Arab Emirates are saying the blackout "definitely contributed" to fewer accidents and deaths on the roads.
 
Even in this age of pervasive cell phones and GPS systems, it's possible to get lost. And not lost like "do I take a left or a right to get to Denny's," but the kind of lost where if you don't get found, you're likely to die of exposure and/or be eaten by a bear. This little piece of fabric could put your mind at ease, enabling rescue anywhere on Earth.
 
No matter what your particular faith might be, most of us know the story of Noah's Ark braving a catastrophic flood in a massive sea craft. Now a Japanese company has decided to prepare for the next great earthquake and tsunami by creating a safety tool directly inspired by the ancient tale.
 
It's easy to think of an earthquake as a Californian problem for the rest of the U.S., but the truth — only made more clear by Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude tectonic jiggling — is that the rest of the country is in danger, too. In fact, just this year the government simulated how bad a Midwestern "big one" could be, and it wasn't pretty.
 
Radioactivity is nasty stuff, and when you've got radioactive surfaces all over the place, trying to clean them up often just results in your cleaning supplies becoming radioactive as well. This blue goo neatly takes care of the whole problem, capturing radioactive particles and storing them while simultaneously cleaning better than a scrub brush.

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