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What's the One Device You Need to Survive the Apocalypse? What's the One Device You Need to Survive the Apocalypse?

The zombie horde is coming. The pandemic is spreading. An EMP just fried the grid. One way or another, you need to get out of this soon-to-be-godforsaken city. You gaze forlornly at your glorious pile of technology, knowing you’ve gotta make a hard choice about what to bring.

The Last Man On Earth Proves That Survival Doesn't Always Have to Suck The Last Man On Earth Proves That Survival Doesn't Always Have to Suck

I love a good post-apocalyptic tale. The Road, The Walking Dead, The Leftovers—these are all fine examples of end-times entertainment. But the problem with all these things is that they’re so damn depressing. Why does the demise of humankind have to be so sad?

Meet the Engineers Trying to Prevent the Destruction of Humanity Meet the Engineers Trying to Prevent the Destruction of Humanity

From asteroid impacts to robot takeovers to superbug pandemics, there are a thousand ways human civilization could be destroyed. Most of us prefer not to dwell on the End Times, but for the folks at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, the apocalypse is just another day at work.

What Japan Can Teach Us About Prepping for a Major Earthquake What Japan Can Teach Us About Prepping for a Major Earthquake

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the US Pacific Northwest could face a 1-in-10 chance of a suffering a catastrophic, 9.0 earthquake within the next 50 years. We have to do a better job preparing for it. That’s where Japan comes in.

How These Structures Were Engineered to Survive a Global Catastrophe How These Structures Were Engineered to Survive a Global Catastrophe

Whether spurred by the Cold War, climate change, or just the seemingly inevitable arrival of an asteroid strike, humans have gone to extraordinary trouble to plan—and build—for the worst.

14 Dumbest Ways That Humans Will Survive The Apocalypse 14 Dumbest Ways That Humans Will Survive The Apocalypse

The whole point of a post-apocalyptic story is that someone survives. But when you have a calamity that wipes out 99.9 percent of all humans, then how exactly do you explain the survivors? In honor of the new Maze Runner movie, here are the 14 dumbest ways people survive the apocalypse.

Do You Have A Crazy Survival Story? Do You Have A Crazy Survival Story?

It’s Survival Week here at Gizmodo, and we want your tales of how you got out of life-threatening situations.

Does Canned Food Ever Really Go Bad? Does Canned Food Ever Really Go Bad?

Why, hello! We’re so glad to see you made it past the velociraptornadoes, sinkhole maze, and fire ants made of literal fire to join us here in our Survival Week bunker. Please help yourself to a single (one, please!) rationed water bottle as we discuss our now increasingly urgent question: Does tinned food go bad?

Close Calls: Three Times When Humanity Barely Escaped Extinction Close Calls: Three Times When Humanity Barely Escaped Extinction

Today it looks like humans will have to launch themselves into space to get enough room for our collective population, but we weren’t always so robust a species. There are three times in history during which humans nearly went extinct. Here’s what threatened us, and how we survived.

Why Do People Take Selfies In Emergencies? Why Do People Take Selfies In Emergencies?

When a United Airlines flight made an emergency landing this summer due to medical situations on board, as the oxygen masks fell down, some passengers’ phone cameras went up. But psychologists say the instinct to snap a selfie in a near-death experience isn’t all narcissism—it’s also about survival and…

Meet the Preppers Who Are Ready for the Next Massive Solar Storm Meet the Preppers Who Are Ready for the Next Massive Solar Storm

Hurricanes and blizzards are petty trifles compared with the weather phenomenon that troubles apocalypse preppers: They’re worried about a giant electromagnetic storm wiping out all technology.

The Time I Survived The Time I Survived

Who am I to be writing about survival? Well, I’m someone who’s survived. It’s happened a few times, but this is the story that was closest to being my last.

How To Survive Pretty Much Anything How To Survive Pretty Much Anything

Survival is a mix of preparation, knowledge, tools and luck. This week we’ll be exploring the practice and, to get us started, here’s the skills you need to live through pretty much anything.

Why I'm Still Obsessed With Survivor After Watching All 450 Episodes Why I'm Still Obsessed With Survivor After Watching All 450 Episodes

For the 30th season of Survivor, my friends and I started a fantasy league. A Survivor fantasy league, where points are awarded based on characters’ actions on the hit TV show. And as stupid as that sounds, I’ll gladly look like an idiot to pay tribute to one of my favorite TV shows.

This Week, Your Survival Is at Stake This Week, Your Survival Is at Stake

You know you worry about it sometimes. What if there were a massive earthquake, or a huge storm ... or you just got lost in the wilderness, with nothing more than your wits and a few gadgets in your pockets? This week on io9 and Gizmodo, we’ll tell you how to survive. Or not.

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