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54Chinese university patents crazy single-track rescue motorcycle

Students at China's Chang'an University have applied for a patent on the bizarre creation seen above, according to Visor Down. It's clearly based on a motorcycle, and this oddity appears to be an attempt at a conversion to remove the wheels and replace them with a single, continuous track. The modifications would seemingly maintain the suspension of a normal cycle, including a telescoping front fork and rear swing arm, while completely ditching the wheels.

73Four Children Saved From Exploding Car By Good Samaritans

An off duty police officer and mystery man are credited with saving the children

A grateful mother in Rochester, N.Y, can't say thank you enough to the two good Samaritans who saved her four children from a burning minivan moments before it exploded.

94ATV Rider Nearly Plunges Over Cliff

Four-wheeler and rider almost fall down 40-foot cliff

A helmet-mounted camera captured a woman's fall and rescue after she tumbled from her four-wheeler and nearly slid down a 40-foot cliff.

1Father Thanks Rescuers For Saving Family From Floodwaters

Children pulled from sinking SUV

A man from Southend, England, thanked friends and strangers after they braved floodwaters to save him and three children from his sinking SUV.

5Kayaker Saves Family Of 5 From Car's Plunge Into River

He pulled 3 children out of wreckage after car missed striking him by mere moments

The good timing and quick thinking of a kayaker saved five people's lives after their SUV crashed into a Northern California river last week.

34Cub trapped in garage rescued by mama bear

Your garage should be a sacred place, somewhere that your precious car can hide away from the outside world and its ever-looming threats of bird poop, road salt and bears. Yes, bears should generally not be allowed into your garage, but this homeowner from Lake Tahoe, California apparently didn't get the memo.

7Volkswagen presents new Sharanbulance at RETTmobil emergency vehicles expo

What you see here is an ambulance. It's based on the Sharan, a van Volkswagen offers in certain overseas markets. We shall therefore call it the Sharanbulance.

22Strangers lift overturned truck to save woman's life

Men and women are capable of amazing feats when life and death are on the line. The latest example proving this fact can be found in the video after the break, where you'll see a group of heroic strangers lifting an overturned pickup truck just enough to free a helpless passenger.

32CAW concessions could pave way for Canadian GM bailout

Reuters reports that the Canadian Auto Workers leadership and General Motors Canada have agreed on a set of union concessions that, if approved by CAW members, could clear the way for both the Canadian federal and Ontario local governments to furnish the cash-starved automaker with billions more in bailout dollars. According to Reuters, the union has agreed to swallow a wage freeze through 2012, reduced vacation time, and higher co-pays on their benefits plans. These changes would come on top of

AddStuttgart EMS gets a pair of Porsche Cayennes

Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Stuttgart EMS Cayennes

17Flipside: Is crash safety endangering accident victims?

Crash safety ratings are a big selling point – who's going to buy a car with just two stars? In pursuit of salable collision performance, automakers have turned to stronger metals and better construction, and consumers can reap the benefit by choosing from a panoply of highly rated vehicles. A problem arises, however, if that safety design is ever called upon to perform. Lots of vehicles now sport high strength steel in critical areas like roof pillars, and while it certainly helps protect

1Bertone's emergency plan expected today

The coachbuilder has long since evolved from being the small design house it once was into a major manufacturing facility, with capacity to produce 70,000 cars each year. But in order to break even, it needs to build at least 30,000 per year. It was building a special-edition MINI, but that ended over a year ago, and production of the Astra convertible ended two years ago. Over the last three years, according to reports, Bertone has lost €37.3 million ($55.4 million).

42Want to save the world? Buy a HUMMER

Here's a test of your unyielding devotion to all that is cloaked in green. First, let's set the scene. It's the wee hours of the morning, the wind-driven rain is still howling against your house, and you're huddled on the second floor, waiting for morning. You've spent most of the night trying to stanch the flow of water into the basement, and those hours of backbreaking labor with sandbags and utility pumps have left you dog tired, devoid of fight. The power is out, and all you've got is a safe

7PSA: Proper break-in techniques for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Luxury automobiles are all about insulating owners and their select company from the din of the outside world. That's why many automakers have increasingly been turning to double-pane glass in high-end automobiles, as it affords a quieter interior and improved thermal efficiency. One thing twice-glazed and/or laminated windows don't help with, however, is easier access for rescue workers in the event of emergencies.

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