Multi-purpose carabiner does more than just hang around

The GPCA Carabiner features a 3-inch opening, along with some extra features

When it comes to nifty little bits of outdoor gear, people seem to particularly like multitools and carabiners. San Francisco-based stuff-maker General Purpose California has therefore gone and combined the two, in the form of its aptly-named GPCA Carabiner.

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Category: Outdoors

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Undersea sensor is powered by sound waves from the surface

The system has already been successfully used to transmit data from within a water tank

For continuously gathering information on ocean conditions, one thing that's been proposed is a network of sensors that would transmit data from the sea floor. Changing their batteries, however, could be quite challenging. That's where a new MIT system is designed to come in.

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Keto lets you unlock and start your car, using your phone

Keto is presently on Kickstarter

It seems like it was only yesterday that – on some vehicles, at least – the traditional car key was replaced with a Bluetooth fob. Now, Korean startup OneKey is out to replace that fob with its smartphone-controlled Keto system.

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Magura hides hydraulic hoses inside the handlebar

The Magura Cockpit Integration (MCi) system is presently still experimental

In order to keep things streamlined, tidy and protected, many mountain bikes already feature hydraulic brake hoses that are internally routed through the frame. German manufacturer Magura is taking things further, however, with a system that also sticks those hoses inside the handlebar.

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Algae-derived paper filters pathogens out of water

A sample of the filtration paper, made of algae nanocellulose

Throughout the densely-populated country of Bangladesh, a lack of access to clean drinking water is responsible for a variety of debilitating and often-lethal infections. Soon, however, residents could filter virtually all harmful microbes out of their water, using paper derived from algae.

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Newly-identified blood-sucking leech has been quietly living in American swamps for decades

Macrobdella mimicus – not to be confused with the similar-looking but far less exciting Macrobdella decora

It may not be a Bigfoot or a Loch Ness Monster, but a somewhat creepy new animal species has recently been discovered. Named Macrobdella mimicus, it's the first medicinal (human-blood-sucking) leech to be described in North America in over 40 years.

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Newly-identified blood-sucking leech has been quietly living in American swamps for decades

Macrobdella mimicus – not to be confused with the similar-looking but far less exciting Macrobdella decora

It may not be a Bigfoot or a Loch Ness Monster, but a somewhat creepy new animal species has recently been discovered. Named Macrobdella mimicus, it's the first medicinal (human-blood-sucking) leech to be described in North America in over 40 years.

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Category: Biology

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