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The Weekly Roundup 9.4 Edition

by Cassie September 4, 2015

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Automakers form Alliance to Enhance Cybersecurity

With the recent exposure of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in many different cars, the automotive industry has come under fire for its inadequate response to the situation. To address these concerns, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers are forming an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC). The ISAC will be more proactive in its approach to vehicular cybersecurity, and will hopefully predict potential vulnerabilities as opposed to only responding after a weakness has been discovered. At the moment, Tesla is considered to be the gold standard in preventing cybersecurity threats. The ISAC aims to stay ahead of hackers by employing trained security experts to handle any threats so that consumers can be comfortable purchasing any brand of automobile.

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Common and Solvable Home Safety Risks

Your home is supposed to be a place where you feel safe and secure, yet accidents at home are common. Follow these safety tips to keep your home free of health and safety risks:

  • Make sure stairways are equipped with well-mounted hand rails
  • Prevent slipping by adding grab bars in shower and toilet areas
  • To avoid falls, make sure hallways are adequately lit at night
  • If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, consider removing indoor carpets
  • Replace old and unreliable smoke detectors with newer models
  • Use a safety screen to catch sparks if you have a wood burning fireplace

With these safety tips, you can avoid home emergencies and keep you and your family safe.

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Superhero-inspired Robotic Hand Wins UK Dyson Award

Joel Gibbard is using technology to create low-cost, robotic hands for amputees. His design utilizes 3D printing to quickly create prosthetics that are both functionally and visually appealing. The robotic hand is operated by sensors placed on the skin that cause the hand to respond when the wearer flexes his or her residual muscles. Gibbard’s goal is to create prosthetics that people are proud of as opposed to embarrassed by, and winning the UK Dyson Award is validation that he is achieving his goal. The 3D printing process employed by Gibbard, allows his prosthetics to be lighter than other prosthetics on the market. This is especially important for younger recipients of the robotic hand who may be unable to fully manipulate larger, heavier prosthetics. With the possibilities of 3D printing still being explored, ideas like Gibbard’s may come to shape the face of the modern health science world.

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Innovative Bricks Suck Pollution from the Air

As the population continues to increase and more people move into cities, pollution becomes an even bigger factor in our daily lives. A new brick called Breathe Brick, hopes to reduce the pollution in major cities by actually sucking the pollution out of the air. The brick, developed by Carmen Trudell, filters out heavy pollutant particles and drops them into a removable tray at the base of the wall. The multifaceted bricks combine a plastic exterior with a hollow concrete interior to create the bricks’ filtration system. Although they have not been implemented in large construction projects yet, the Breathe Brick could be instrumental in driving further innovation in the construction industry.

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