Drivr2L carabiner multi-tool carries and drives multiple bits

It was just last week that we heard about the Octo, a carabiner multi-toll with an integrated bit driver, but no way of carrying any extra bits. Well, the Drivr2L has room for four of the things, plus it packs various other features.

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Maze-like material keeps even the smallest insects from reaching crops

Instead of using insecticides, farmers will sometimes cover their plants with a mesh fabric. A new such material has now been developed, which keeps out a wider range of bugs while still allowing crops to get enough sunlight and water.

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Sun-powered water filter excels at killing pathogens

There are many parts of the world in which fresh water may be plentiful, but it's also full of harmful microbes. An experimental new filter is able to purify such water for drinking, and it's powered solely by sunlight.

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Squid skin inspires versatile new “tunable” insulating material

The color-changing skin of the squid has inspired a new type of infrared-reflecting, metalized polymer film with tunable heat-management properties that could make it useful in everything from coffee cups to shipping containers.

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Low-cost student-designed filter removes lead from tap water

Lead-contaminated tap water is still a problem in much of the world, where conventional lead removal filters may be too expensive for most households. An inexpensive new filter could help – and it was designed by a group of high school students.

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Evolution UA-80 life vest provides under-arm floatation

When most people think of life vests, they likely picture yokes that are worn around the user's neck. Switlik Survival Products' new UA-80 Evolution Vest takes what is claimed to be a better approach, however, by going under the arms.

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KIHT tech could teach children how to put pen to paper

While it would be great if teachers could spend lots of time with each of their students, the fact is that children often end up doing most of their handwriting exercises unsupervised. A new system may help address that problem, using a "smart" pen.

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Real-world testing suggests gait ID could boost smartphone security

If someone steals your smartphone, the harder it is for them to unlock it, the better. New research shows how gait analysis could provide an added layer of security, by authenticating a user's identity based on the way they walk.

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Impact-absorbing traffic light poles could save lives

When a car crashes into a roadside object at an intersection, chances are pretty high that object will be a traffic light pole. If it's a new energy-absorbing pole, however, the likelihood of injury or even death may be significantly reduced.

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FarmSense trap tech counts and identifies crop-killing insects

If farmers know what sort of pest insects are present in their crops – and in what numbers – they can avoid excessive use of pesticides. The FarmSense system was created to provide that information, via a network of Smart Traps.

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