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A 79-Storey Residential Tower In Dubai Is On Fire

Not long ago, one of the tallest residential towers in the world, the 79-storey Marina Torch Tower in Dubai, made good on its namesake and burst into flames. So far, over 20 floors seem to have been affected.


Sign Up Now To Save Lives With Your Drone Piloting Skills

A new nonprofit called UAViators is promising to offer experienced drone pilots a place to sign up for humanitarian missions where their aircraft can do some good. Pretty soon you might be showing the world how drones can save lives, not just take them!


The Luxury Housing Of Our Flood-Plagued Future Will Float 

In our flood-plagued future, what kind of housing will the super-rich buy? In Dubai, we’re getting a sneak peek at what super-luxury real estate looks like in a world with unpredictable waters — and the main selling point is that it floats.


Which Countries Are Most Likely To Be Wiped Out By Future Disasters?

The results of a new report show which countries are the most vulnerable to risk — and the most ready to respond when disaster strikes.


Vertical Tsunami Shelters Will Help People Get To Higher Ground, Fast

The threat of a tsunami is a very real thing for much of the Pacific coastline, yet many cities in the US haven’t taken specific infrastructural measures to ensure their residents are safe when they happen. A new building in Washington will have the first purpose-built tsunami shelter in the country, offering accessible safety in a second-story room.


How NYC Would Respond To An Actual Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Attack

It’s been 30 years since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man first squished through Manhattan. With Ghostbusters returning to theatres for an anniversary run, we thought it appropriate to consider a very serious question: How would New York City actually fight an evil god in the form of a marshmallow man? Stickiness and spoilers ensue.


Using goTenna's Pocket Antenna To Send Texts Without Mobile Service

Inspired by the downed mobile towers and utility outages of Hurricane Sandy, the folks at goTenna wanted a way to keep smartphones connected even when the grid fails. What they came up with is a pocket-sized handheld antenna that lets users send texts and location info without mobile service. And we got to see a prototype in action.


Chilean Miners Were Trapped In A Mine The Size Of The Burj Khalifa

It’s been almost four years since 33 Chilean miners were trapped below the surface of the earth for 69 days. A story published this week by The New Yorker reveals some additional stunning details about their harrowing rescue, and some astounding new information about the mine itself.


DARPA's Robotics Challenge Finals Just Got A Whole Lot Harder

DARPA just announced the details of the final round of its years-long Robotics Challenge, and boy do they sound difficult. Not only will all the robots have to work wirelessly and without human intervention, the course must be completed all at once. If a robot falls and can’t get it up, it’s done.


Earthquake Early Warning Systems Save Lives, So Why Doesn't The US Have One?

Here’s something you might not know about the 6.4 magnitude earthquake near the Pacific Coast of Mexico on May 8: By the time it hit Mexico City, 270km away, people there already knew it was coming. They were ready — thanks to their advanced warning system. So why doesn’t the US have one?


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