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Japan space probe arrives at asteroid to collect samples

Japan space probe arrives at asteroid to collect samples

Technology
A Japanese space probe arrived at an asteroid Wednesday after a 3½-year journey to undertake a first-ever experiment: blow a crater in the rocky surface to collect samples and bring them back to Earth. The unmanned Hayabusa2 spacecraft reached its base of operations about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the asteroid and some 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. Over the next year and a half, the robotic explorer will attempt three brief touch-and-go landings to collect samples. If the retrieval and the return journey are successful, the asteroid material could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. The mission is challenging. Hayabusa2 will spend about two months looking for suitable landing p...
Banking by smart speaker arrives, but security issues exist

Banking by smart speaker arrives, but security issues exist

Technology
Hey Alexa, what's my bank account balance? Big banks and financial companies have started to offer banking through virtual assistants — Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, and Google's Assistant — in a way that will allow customers to check their balances, pay bills and, in the near future, send money just with their voice. And with the rapid adoption of Zelle, a bank-to-bank transfer system, it soon could be possible to send money to friends or family instantly with voice commands. But the potential to do such sensitive tasks through a smart speaker raises security concerns. Virtual assistants and smart speakers are still relatively new technologies, and potentially susceptible to being exploited by cyber criminals. Regional banking giant U.S. Bank is the first bank to be on all t...
Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Georgia

Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Georgia

World
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Irma weakened further Monday afternoon as the center of the system moved across southwestern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said.In its 5 p.m. advisory, the NHC said the eye of the storm was located 10 miles east of Albany, Ga., and 150 miles south of Atlanta. Irma continues to move north-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.The NHC said Irma was likely to become a tropical depression Tuesday.The NHC discontinued several watches and warnings for southern parts of the state of Florida.A storm surge warning was in effect for North of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River, as well as for North of Clearwater Beach to the Aucilla River.A tropical storm warning was in effect from the North of Altamaha Sound to the South Santee R...