News Roundup: March 1

Good Morning, today is Wednesday, March 1st, and here are the stories that interest me.

SpaceX announced yesterday that they will attempt to send two Space Tourist around the moon next year. The Space company intends to send the two tourist using the Dragon Rocket, the largest Rocket the US has made since the Saturn V rocket that sent people to the moon in the 1960’s and 70’s and the Falcon 9 Space Capsule, intended to be used by NASA starting in 2020. The plan is for the craft to head tot he moon, “skimming the surface” and then going further, making the two people the furthest traveled people away from the Earth before coming back.  The ship will be planned to work autonomously, but the crew will be trained in emergency procedures. This is understandably sending shockwaves across the space world, as this is the first serious attempt for a private company to reach out into anything further than suborbital space.

The Internet of Things Teddy Bear, a cuddly Teddy bear that allows you to record messages on your phone and send it to the Bear (and vice versa) has been hacked, exposing 2 million accounts, passwords, and messages to and from the teddy bear. The breaches comes as a huge embarrassment as White Hat hackers tried to warn the company several times that their databases were exposed before the data was compromised by others. Further, the customers were not informed of the breach for months. Honestly, this is a very good (if long) article and a really good read.

Mt. Etna, Europes largest Volcano, began erupting last night in Sicily. While the Volcano erupts fairly frequently, having sporadic episodes in 2015 and 2016, the Lava coming out of the volcano is especially hot. There is currently no immediate danger to the people living on the island.

I hope everyone has a great day!

 

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