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Study details the physics of proto-stellar disk formation

Study details the physics of proto-stellar disk formation

Science
Sept. 6 (UPI) -- In studying the movements of a trio of protostars in the Perseus molecular cloud, astronomers have gained new insights into the physical conditions that enable the formation of proto-stellar disks. The basic roadmap for the formation of stellar and planetary systems is well established. Over time, gas and dust in interstellar space coalesce. Eventually, the dense cloud of material collapses under its own gravity. A stellar core forms and, thanks to the conservation of angular momentum, a proto-stellar disk forms. After roughly 100,000 years or more, the star gets dense enough to ignite nuclear fusion. Shortly afterwards, planets form from the proto-stellar disk. But questions remain. The details of how angular momentum enables proto-stellar disk formation remains poorly ...
Capital One data breach: Arrest after details of 106m people stolen

Capital One data breach: Arrest after details of 106m people stolen

World
The personal details of about 106 million individuals across the US and Canada were stolen in a hack targeting financial services firm Capital One, the company has revealed.The alleged hacker, Paige Thompson, was arrested on Monday after reportedly boasting about the breach online.Capital One said the data included names, addresses and phone numbers of people who applied for its products.But the hacker did not gain access to credit card account numbers, it said. The data breach is believed to be one of the largest in banking history.How many people have been affected?Capital One is a major credit card issuer in the US and also operates retail banks.The firm said in a statement released on Monday that the breach affected approxima...
I-T department to share details of assets, accounts of loan defaulters with banks: CBDT

I-T department to share details of assets, accounts of loan defaulters with banks: CBDT

Finance
Income tax authorities will share details of assets of borrowers and their guarantors with public sector banks in case of loan defaults. The move is aimed at preventing promoters from siphoning off assets that are not disclosed to banks and comes close on the heels of the income tax department and goods and services tax authorities deciding to share details about taxpayers and defaulters with each other. Decision to share details to banks comes in the backdrop of borrowers not disclosing complete assets to lenders to safeguard them being party of any recovery proceedings But, banks will also have to do their bit for the department. Banks will need to furnish no objection certificate from jurisdictional Commissioner of the loan defaulter before appropriation of the surplus amount recovered ...
Facebook reveals digital currency details

Facebook reveals digital currency details

Business
Social media giant Facebook has unveiled plans to launch a new digital currency, called Libra, next year.It said people would be able to make payments with the currency via its own apps, as well as on messaging service WhatsApp.Firms such as Uber and Visa are also likely to accept it in future, it said.But there have been concerns about how people's money and data will be protected, as well as over the potential volatility of the currency. Facebook said Libra would be independently-managed and backed by real assets, and that paying with it would be as easy as texting. It is the latest foray by a tech giant into the payments sector, after Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay - although none of those services are based on a crypto...
Nature crisis: ‘Shocking’ report details threat to species

Nature crisis: ‘Shocking’ report details threat to species

Science
On land, in the seas, in the sky, the devastating impact of humans on nature is laid bare in a compelling UN report. One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction.Nature everywhere is declining at a speed never previously seen and our savage needs for ever more food and energy are the main drivers.These trends can be halted, the study says, but it will take "transformative change" in every aspect of how humans interact with nature.Three years in the making, this global assessment of nature draws on 15,000 reference materials, and has been compiled by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). It runs to 1,800 pages. The brief, 40-page "summary for policy...