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Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun

Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun

Science
It's taken a little longer than expected but the Solar Orbiter probe is built and ready to begin testing. UK engineers are putting the finishing touches to the satellite this week before sending it to Germany to begin a year-long test campaign. Such attention to detail is necessary because of the punishing conditions the spacecraft will experience when studying our star's inner workings. SolO is going to fly to within 43 million km of the solar surface. In doing so, the heatshield on the front of the European Space Agency (Esa) satellite will have to cope with temperatures of up to 600C. If you're thinking, "but I thought we just launched a probe to study the Sun" - you'd be right. That was the US space agency's (Nasa) Parker sat...
Chris Evans to leave Radio 2 for Virgin Radio

Chris Evans to leave Radio 2 for Virgin Radio

Entertainment
Breakfast show host Chris Evans has announced he will leave Radio 2, and will present his last show in December. The Radio 2 presenter said he would be going to his "spiritual home" with a new show on Virgin Radio.He hosted the Virgin breakfast show from 1997 to 2001."In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home," he said."I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead. In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented."Our plan is, to give it all we've got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it."Evans has worked at Radio 2 for 13 years, and broke the news to listeners this morning on his show.Announcing it on the show he said ...
RBI employees' 2-day mass leave to paralyse banking operations

RBI employees' 2-day mass leave to paralyse banking operations

Finance
The two-day mass casual leave on September 4 and 5 called by the United Forum of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees (UFRBOE) is likely to paralyse operations of the central bank and other major lenders across the country. "UFRBOE has called the mass casual leave on September 4 and 5 which will be participated by all officers, paralysing the central bank's functions for two days," UFRBOE member and All India Reserve Bank Employees Association General Secretary Samir Ghosh told reporters here. The main demands of the forum are providing an option to contributory provident fund (CPF) retainers to switch over to pension scheme, and grant of additional provident fund (APF) to those recruited in the bank from 2012. "In October 2017, RBI Governor Urjit Patel formally wrote to the government, quo...
Conflicts leave Lloyds audit heading for Deloitte

Conflicts leave Lloyds audit heading for Deloitte

Business
Britain's biggest high street lender faces being severely curtailed in its selection of a new auditor, intensifying pressure on regulators to deliver reforms aimed at strengthening competition. Sky News has learnt that Lloyds Banking Group‎ is preparing to ask Deloitte to put itself in a position to take on its audit from 2021, with a formal tender process expected to get underway in the coming months.While Deloitte has not been guaranteed the role, conflicts involving the other so-called 'big four' accountancy firms have left it as the only viable option for Lloyds, according to insiders.The situation is expected to pile fresh pressure on regulators to tackle the structure of Britain's audit market, with talks scheduled to take place next Tuesday between the Competit...
Malicious faxes leave firms 'open' to cyber-attack

Malicious faxes leave firms 'open' to cyber-attack

Technology
Booby-trapped image data sent by fax can let malicious hackers sneak into corporate networks, security researchers have found.Since many companies use fax machines that are also printers and photocopiers, they often have a connection to the internal network.The malicious images exploit protocols established in the 1980s that define the format of fax messages.The research was presented at the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas.The two researchers said millions of companies could be at risk because they currently did little to secure fax lines.No security"Fax has no security measures built in - absolutely nothing," security researcher Yaniv Balmas, from Check Point software, told the BBC. Mr Balmas uncovered the security holes ...