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Send Tweets In Case of Emergency? U.K. Fire Brigade Is On It

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Sound the alarm! (Photo: flickr.com/ell-r-brown) There may be a day coming where your impulse to tweet in every emergency actually does you some good. The Next Web reports that the London Fire Brigade is currently investigating the possibility of setting up a Twitter version of its 999 emergency line. What...
Send Tweets In Case of Emergency? U.K. Fire Brigade Is On It

A Giant Chicago Warehouse Is Covered In Ice After Firefighters Battled A Huge Fire

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There was a five-alarm fire at a Chicago warehouse that required 200 firefighters to put out the flames, the AP reports (via WSJ). Because it's so bitterly cold in Chicago right now, the end result of the firefight was a warehouse that became encased in ice from firefighters' hoses. The...
A Giant Chicago Warehouse Is Covered In Ice After Firefighters Battled A Huge Fire

Aussie firefighters swallowing pills that read core body temp

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The wireless capsule works alongside a belt that also tracks skin temperature, pulse, and respiration rate and is being used this year in the fight against bush fires in Australia. [Read more]...
Aussie firefighters swallowing pills that read core body temp

Dark Knight-style, holographic 3D imaging will help firefighters save lives

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This week researchers announced a breakthrough in digital holography that could help firefighters see through a blazing inferno to find people in need of rescue. The technology uses lasers to view a room in three dimensions and construct an image which shows the position of objects - such as people...
Dark Knight-style, holographic 3D imaging will help firefighters save lives

Boulder startups band together, raising funds for wildfire relief efforts

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It’s not often that we get to write a feel-good story here on TNW, but when some of our own from the startup community band together to help overcome a disaster, the tale has to be told. Recently, when wildfires swept through Colorado, several families and companies close to the...
Boulder startups band together, raising funds for wildfire relief efforts

The Lone Star State Has No Need for These Picture-Taking, Privacy-Invading Drones

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  No pictures, please, no pictures. (Photo: flickr.com/adactio The drone invasion is practically upon us: The FAA is authorizing various police departments to fly unmanned aerial vehicles; Chris Anderson left Wired to focus on his drone hobbyist startup. But it seems some folks are none too keen on the idea of eyes...
The Lone Star State Has No Need for These Picture-Taking, Privacy-Invading Drones

Firefighters Rescue Dog From Sewer http://bit.ly/bRItN1

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Firefighters Rescue Dog From Sewer http://bit.ly/bRItN1

Romney Pounces On Obama "Private Sector Is Fine" Gaffe -- Is He Being Fair?

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Mitt Romney has jumped all over Obama's comment that "the private sector is doing fine," blasting the President in a new campaign ad that is now featured on Romney's web site. Did Obama open himself up to this attack? Yes. Saying the private sector is "doing fine" sounds a bit...
Romney Pounces On Obama "Private Sector Is Fine" Gaffe -- Is He Being Fair?
Military makeup will protect soldiers from bomb-blast burns

Londoners Might Be Able To Use Twitter Like A 911 Service During Emergencies

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Twitter may be for jokes, but it's also for emergencies, says the U.K.'s fire brigade. The London Fire Brigade is considering using Twitter as a conduit for emergency calls. The move follows a large fire at the beginning of the year in West London, when a huge industrial site...
Londoners Might Be Able To Use Twitter Like A 911 Service During Emergencies
FCC blames AT&T cell towers for interfering with Oakland police radio system

Holograph help for firefighters

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Infra-red holography could be used to help firefighters locate people trapped in fires, researchers say....
Holograph help for firefighters

MIT's real-time indoor mapping system uses Kinect, lasers to aid rescue workers

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We've seen the Kinect put to use to help you find your groceries, but the sensor's image processing capabilities have some more safety-minded applications as well. The fine minds at MIT combined the Kinect with a laser range finder and a laptop to create a real-time mapping rig for...
MIT's real-time indoor mapping system uses Kinect, lasers to aid rescue workers
Verizon looks beyond mobile phones for increased revenue in coming years
iPad app replaces physical Bible in New Jersey swear-in ceremony

iPad App Helps Forest Service Distribute Maps for Firefighters

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The U.S. Forest Service deploys a mobile map application for firefighters and emergency responders to use in the field and for tactical planning...
iPad App Helps Forest Service Distribute Maps for Firefighters
Verizon wants all of Verizon Wireless -- considering a Vodafone merger or buyout
Ingestible LifeMonitor pill warns firefighters that risk succumbing to heat stress

Yes, It's Time For A Massive Infrastructure Spending Program

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I recently laid out the fundamental problem with the US economy: Massive consumer debts and high unemployment are crippling consumer spending, which accounts for about 70% of our economy. I noted that, to get the economy healthy again, consumers have to get back to work and reduce their debts. This...
Yes, It's Time For A Massive Infrastructure Spending Program

Infrared holography lets rescuers see people through walls, fire, walls of fire (video)

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Firefighters already use infrared cameras to find people in burning buildings, but the technology can't distinguish between a person's heat and that of the surrounding fire. That's because a zoom lens is needed to concentrate the infrared rays in a way that enables the apparatus to form a human-readable...
Infrared holography lets rescuers see people through walls, fire, walls of fire (video)

AblePlanet preps a gaming headset with smart haptics, we preview the tech inside (hands-on)

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Headsets with vibrating haptics aren't exactly novel -- we've already seen such offerings from Skullcandy as well as Sony. Now AblePlanet is coming out with something similar, but the underlying technology makes it considerably smarter than anything currently on the market. The company recently announced it's pairing up with...
AblePlanet preps a gaming headset with smart haptics, we preview the tech inside (hands-on)

FCC approves spectrum changes for Sprint and hospitals

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woodleywonderworksLate this week, the FCC approved some changes to the current allotment of the wireless spectrum, paving the way for Sprint to expand its current 3G network and launch an LTE service. Possibly more importantly, the government agency also gave hospitals a slice of spectrum that will allow them...
FCC approves spectrum changes for Sprint and hospitals

Shard window cleaner scrapes with disaster 300 metres up

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Emergency services sent to western Europe's highest building as cleaner's cradle malfunctionsEmergency services were sent to the Shard on Monday – days before its official opening – after a window cleaner got stuck in a precarious position on the 72nd floor.Ten firefighters attended the scene in central London after reports...
Shard window cleaner scrapes with disaster 300 metres up

Firefighters battling two house fires in Berkeley Hills. http://r2.ly/3r3i

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Firefighters battling two house fires in Berkeley Hills. http://r2.ly/3r3i

The Charred Remnants of a Breezy Point Neighborhood

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"I think we all can agree we're seeing complete and utter devastation." "I think we all can agree we're seeing complete and utter devastation," Brendan Gallagher says, standing in front of the charred remains of his childhood home. Just a short drive from New York City's famous Rockaway beaches, Breezy...
The Charred Remnants of a Breezy Point Neighborhood

MIT Hacks Kinect Laser For A Wearable Map Generator For Firefighters

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When most of us play video games, our greatest accomplishment is the mound of Cheetos dust we can collect in a single sitting. At MIT, researchers have hacked the Microsoft Kinect’s laser into a wearable chest sensor that creates a floor-plan as the user moves throughout a building. The immediate use case,...
MIT Hacks Kinect Laser For A Wearable Map Generator For Firefighters

9/11 Firefighters: September 11 Rescue Workers Lung Problems Didn't Go Away, Study Finds - ABC News

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9/11 Firefighters: September 11 Rescue Workers Lung Problems Didn't Go Away, Study Finds - ABC News

Cambridge Consultants develops indoor tech to pick up where GPS drops off

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Indoor navigation isn't a new concept, but it often requires wireless signals or custom infrastructure, neither of which are entirely reliable. Cambridge Consultants has come up with an as-yet-unnamed technology that purports to solve the issue by utilizing low-power sensors along with a custom formula that don't require an...
Cambridge Consultants develops indoor tech to pick up where GPS drops off
Infrared holography lets firefighters see through fire and smoke

San Francisco Photos From The 1906 Earthquake Versus Present Day

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The 1906 earthquake in San Francisco lasted only 42 seconds but it led to out-of-control fires that raged for days. Buildings collapsed and burnt, sinkholes opened up, railroad tracks and cable cars were damaged. Some 25,000 buildings perished in the fires, 20,000 people were displaced, and 90% of San Francisco...
San Francisco Photos From The 1906 Earthquake Versus Present Day
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