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Hackers’ suite?

Technology | Researchers identify vulnerability in hotel room door locks
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 5/10/18, 10:02 am

Cybersecurity researchers have identified a software vulnerability in the locking systems that secure millions of hotel room doors worldwide, a flaw that could allow an attacker to clone a master key card for an entire building.

International cybersecurity firm F-Secure uncovered the software design flaw for digital keys produced by VingCard, a manufacturer of hotel locking systems. The brand of locks, F-Secure reports, are used at more than 40,000 properties in 166 countries.

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Printed living

Technology | Can 3-D printing help solve the developing world’s housing problems?
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 4/12/18, 02:54 pm

In impoverished nations such as El Salvador, many families lack safe and affordable housing. International charities that try to construct small homes in those countries often run up against the problem that traditional building techniques can’t meet the housing need quickly or inexpensively enough.

Austin-based nonprofit New Story hopes it can solve this problem with the help of a 3-D printer. The organization says its printing technique could potentially build a house for $3,500.

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Water solutions

Technology | Cheap new filters produce drinking water free of lead, arsenic, and bacteria
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 3/29/18, 04:00 pm

Clean drinking water is one of the developing world’s most critical needs. But current methods of water purification such as boiling, chemical treatment, or reverse osmosis require energy, technology, and time.

To address this problem, researchers continue to develop inexpensive methods of water purification. One startup called Mesofilter Inc. has developed a simple, cone-shaped paper filter that removes pollutants from water, including lead, arsenic, and bacteria.

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