Which is a more frightening idea — getting caught in a fire, or being confronted by a ten foot long mechanical snake? If you're stuck in that fire, trust me, you'll be happy to see the snake. The "Snakefighter" is a new tool in firefighting being developed by Sintef that can best be described as a fire hose that works on its own. Brilliantly using the water pressure of a firehose to power itself, the Snakefighter can work its way much closer to dangerous fires than human firefighters can. This is simply a concept at the moment, but the time might not be too far off when you'll be caught in a building burning down after you fell asleep with your laptop on and will be really excited to see a giant snake come to your rescue. No word on if it will come with the ability to rescue your baby or not.
Kenneth P. Reeder, Ph.D.
Jacksonville, North Carolina 28546