Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

via WIRED

Tesla has taken plenty of innovative steps to protect the driving systems of its kitted-out cars against digital attacks. It’s hired top-notch security engineers, pushed over-the-internet software updates, and added code integrity checks. But one team of academic hackers has now found that Tesla left its Model S cars open to a far more straightforward form of hacking: stealthily cloning the car’s key fob in seconds, opening the car door, and driving away. More…

Weak encryption in Tesla Model S key fobs allowed all-too-easy theft, but you can set a PIN code on your Tesla to protect it.

Hospital + Makerspace Initiative

In 2015 our Bangkok-based makerspace ProgressTH began collaborating with a local children’s hospital, QSNICH (Queen Sirikit Institute of Child Health). Since then, we have helped nurses develop their ideas into working prototypes and small-batch production articles now being used throughout the hospital. These include: 1. Needle disposal system which re-purposes rubbing alcohol and saline solution containers; 2. Child-friendly dermatology tool; 3. Bed leveling system and; 4. A prototype for a blood clotting device. We are continuing to develop this program in supporting QSNICH, as well as approaching additional hospitals, encouraging hospitals to set up their own in-hospital makerspaces, and sharing our experience with the maker community to encourage others to use their skills to make a real impact.

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SoftBank’s New Robot Knows Exactly How You Feel. (That’s Creepy.)

Pepper, the new robot from SoftBank, sees your face, hears your voice and knows if you’re happy, sad or just not that into him.

Source: SoftBank’s New Robot Knows Exactly How You Feel. (That’s Creepy.)

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Home Health Aides: In Demand, Yet Paid Little

From NPR Health:

The home care workforce — some 2.5 million strong — is one of the nation’s fastest growing yet also worst paid. Turnover is high, and with a potential labor shortage looming as the baby boomers age, there are efforts to attract more people to the job.