Amazingly, there are still stories of rescues coming out of Nepal almost two weeks after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
The Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER), developed by NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is based on remote-sensing technology that’s been used to search for signs of life on extrasolar planets.
The portable radar is able to detect breathing and heartbeats of people beneath up to 30 feet of rubble, behind 20 feet of solid concrete, or within 100 feet in open spaces.
NASA has more plans for the device in the future and aims to expand the technology to be used to measure the vitals of people trapped in cars or quarantined with deadly diseases like Ebola. FINDER is also small enough to be carried around by drones in areas that are too dangerous for humans.
Almost 8,000 people died as a result of the earthquake so far.
The earthquake hit Nepal with devastating force less than 50 miles from the capital, Kathmandu, causing tremors in northern India as well. Thousands of buildings, including historic structures and temples, were destroyed.