This Infographic Shows How to Prevent Bites from Dangerous Animals

Most animals you come across in the great outdoors will be scared of you, but some animals will be hungry enough to consider you a meal. This infographic from Backpacker Magazine shows the zones of your body animals will go for in an attack and how you can save your own skin. » 7/14/14 3:00pm 7/14/14 3:00pm

Before Going To Space, Astronauts Had to Survive the Desert

No one knew if the first attempts at getting humans into space would crash catastrophically. Before any astronaut could leave the planet, NASA tested their capacity to survive a crash landing in a hostile environment by abandoning them in the desert with only a re-entry pod and parachute for company. » 5/16/14 10:00am 5/16/14 10:00am

What Most Freaks Out Scholars Who Study The Future Of Humanity?

It's only Tuesday, but already this week's news is apocalyptic: the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is unstoppable, the UN is debating whether to ban killer robots and the U.S. and Russia are going 1980s-retro with nuclear war games. What should worry us the most? Here's what two experts think. » 5/13/14 6:30am 5/13/14 6:30am

Real-life castaway says he spent 13 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean

Claiming he survived by catching fish with his bare hands and drinking bird blood, a fisherman from El Salvador says he was adrift in a open boat for more than a year, traveling thousands of miles before reaching the tiny island of Ebon. » 2/05/14 7:00am 2/05/14 7:00am

These fish are evidence that humans aren't the only evil animals

It's a common (but evil) survival strategy in zombie movies: Injure somebody else and run like hell while they get eaten. But humans aren't the only bastards who do this. Some shoaling fish also use this selfish tactic when they're being chased by predators, according to new research. » 7/10/13 2:21pm 7/10/13 2:21pm

Survival books to keep on your bookshelf in case of the apocalypse

When the apocalypse strikes, you probably won't have access to the Internet. That means no Google, no Wikipedia, and, if you haven't prepared, no cheat sheet to help you through the tough times. Here are a few books you might want to have on hand in case the worst happens. Just remember to keep a back-up pair of… » 10/30/12 4:06pm 10/30/12 4:06pm

Recipes for the Post-Apocalypse: How and why to eat rat meat

Rat is a readily available street food in some Southeast Asian countries, and earlier editions of The Joy of Cooking contained instructions on the proper butchering of squirrels. But rodents have fallen out of favor in most Western cuisines, relegated to mere vermin. So how would you go about cooking a rat if you'd… » 8/05/12 8:00am 8/05/12 8:00am

So you need to drink your own urine

Perhaps you have been put on an impromptu space flight. Perhaps you're trapped with minimal supplies . . . in the Atacama Desert. Perhaps you're just bored and want to figure out how strong a stomach you have. Whatever your reasoning, learn about the right way to filter urine. » 5/05/12 10:00am 5/05/12 10:00am

Weaponize your office supplies for post-apocalyptic survival

You may have your home stocked with survival tools for the apocalypse, but what happens if disaster strikes while you're at work? Never fear, Jörg Sprave is here to teach you how to make slingshots and pickaxes from ordinary office supplies. » 4/22/12 12:30pm 4/22/12 12:30pm

Survival books to keep on your bookshelf in case of the apocalypse

When the apocalypse strikes, you probably won't have access to the Internet. That means no Google, no Wikipedia, and, if you haven't prepared, no cheat sheet to help you through the tough times. Here are a few books you might want to have on hand in case the worst happens. Just remember to keep a back-up pair of… » 2/26/12 7:00am 2/26/12 7:00am

Why stupidity can be the smartest survival strategy

Mindlessly copying everything your parents did may seem like a silly thing to do. But from an evolutionary standpoint, not thinking might be the best possible strategy for survival. » 3/01/11 10:45am 3/01/11 10:45am

Survive The Apocalypse With Archimedes’ Screw

No, it's not a way to encourage population growth. Shame on you for thinking that. Archimedes' Screw is a way to draw up water for drinking or irrigating fields. » 12/14/10 6:30am 12/14/10 6:30am

Extreme Survival 101: How to survive a falling elevator, surf a lava…

Survival isn't just a matter of stockpiling food and water purification tablets. This guide is for situations more extreme than that. Find out how to defuse a nuclear bomb, survive a 3500 foot plunge, and surf down a lava wave. » 11/26/10 7:30am 11/26/10 7:30am

How To Make Yourself Apocalypse-Ready

We often talk about fictional apocalypses here at io9, but what if the collapse of civilization actually happens in your lifetime? Here are some things you can start doing right now to make sure you're ready to ride it out. » 11/26/09 11:02am 11/26/09 11:02am

10 Tips for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Not sure what to do when the zombie apocalypse strikes? The Green Light Anti-Zombie Squad treated New York Comic Conners to a lively demonstration on how to survive your next encounter with the walking dead. » 2/07/09 10:00am 2/07/09 10:00am

Five Brain Hacks That Will Help You Survive a Disaster

We all like to fantasize about how awesomely we'd perform in the face of a disaster like a plane crash or zombie invasion. While you may imagine yourself pulling off Chuck Norris spin kicks and living off the land, a Ka-Bar knife and survival training will only get you so far. To get through a disaster alive, you… » 7/10/08 8:00am 7/10/08 8:00am