Living through an airliner crash involves more than just surviving the initial impact – many people are also killed by the flames and smoke that follow when the jet fuel ignites. Researchers at Caltech, however, are trying to minimize the chances of that second part happening. They've developed an additive that helps reduce the intensity of postimpact fuel fires.
While many of us may enjoy grilling food over an open fire, the fact is that cooking fires are a major source of health problems for millions of people in developing nations, who use them on a daily basis. The main problem is the smoke, which causes respiratory problems – not to mention air pollution. In an effort to address the problem, research group RTI International has developed a cook stove that burns cleaner … and that powers gadgets.
Despite various companies' hopes that people will buy their fancy camping-specific torches,
the fact is that most campers' fire-starting needs are met quite nicely
with a good ol' Bic lighter. That doesn't mean there isn't room for
improvement on that front, though. Exotac's Firesleeve makes such lighters tougher, and easier to use.
"Smart" smoke and CO2 detectors
can do all sorts of clever things, such as notifying absent homeowners
via their smartphone if the alarm goes off. However, what if you’ve
already got a perfectly good "dumb" detector that you don’t want to
replace? Well, you’ll soon be able to give it some brains, in the form
of the Roost battery.
A smoke detector is necessary for keeping your home safe, and with the
rise of smart devices, it only makes sense for them to be one of the
first items to get connected. Halo WX, a new smoke detector just hitting
the market, features all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detection one
would expect, while also adding in alerts for natural disasters.
When out in the wilderness, it can be a good idea to take along a backup fire-maker, just in case your matches get damp or rubbing sticks gets you nowhere. With this in mind, Survival Laces include a small fire starting kit, and some fishing line too, just in case you ever need them.