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Some of These Lifesaving Tools Are Real, Some Are Fake. Which Is Which?

The world is dangerous, so having the right tools is important. Here’s some gear that could come in handy. But beware: Three of these could save you; the rest are pure fiction. Can you tell which is which? (Answers at bottom.)

SurvivorBoot  These utilitarian boots have a removable knife, flint, and can opener and a compartment beneath the insole for a compass in case you find yourself lost in the woods—or, you know, camping.

Avalanche Airbags  You know how it is. You’re heli-skiing in the Alps with your heiress friends when an avalanche threatens to take all of you out. This backpack helps you float to the top, toward precious air.

BabySaver  The backyard pool can be a dangerous place for new swimmers. Sew this sensor into your child’s bathing suit or stick it onto a floatie and it will sound an alarm before the little one gets in over their head.

Navimate  Ever see the movie Open Water? This GPS device tracks you during a dive and makes sure that even after you’re abandoned at sea and the sharks eat your body, at least your air tank will be recovered.

LAND/Shark  No matter where you’re stuck, this bag o’ shelter will keep you warm. At sea it will protect you from jellyfish stings, and in the snow the massive orange sack is visible from a chopper.

CarFloat  The problem with getting out of your car once it’s in water: The weight of the engine flips the thing upside down. This airbag keeps you level longer, giving you more time to escape.

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Posted by plates55 - December 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options

The start of the fourth season of “The Walking Dead” has resulted in a worldwide piracy craze. More than half a million people downloaded a copy of the show during the first few hours following its premiere, despite efforts to minimize the release lag to 24 hours in 125 countries. Fox had hopes that the global release would curb online piracy but thus far there is little evidence that this is the case, not even in the U.S. where AMC streams the show for free.

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Posted by plates55 - October 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

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What’s Flying Above Your Head? Far More Than You Think

Take to the heavens! It seems like a good idea. Dodge all the obstacles of the terrestrial rat race, in the limitless, empty, peaceful skies. But it’s not as empty up there as it looks. Icarus may not have had to worry about being sucked into the engine of a jet, but even he would have faced, for example, a cloud of migrating bugs once he reached 1,000 feet above sea level. And there’s more weirdness where that came from. Satellite images, radar tracking, and old- fashioned air samples show a sky teeming with machines and life. So next time people describe something as “heavenly,” you might ask them if they mean Crowded“crowded.”




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Posted by plates55 - September 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

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