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UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

Technology
Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning preventing commuters from using them to pay fares.On-screen messages said they had "no online connectivity", making them unable to send payment card details. The issue began at about 06:00 BST. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) told the BBC the issue had been resolved shortly before 09:00 BST.He added that the fault appeared to have been with the software and systems provided by Scheidt & Bachmann.A spokeswoman for the German firm was unable to provide additional information.RDG later issued a statement saying: "We're sorry that some customers were inconvenienced by a technical fault which affected one supplier's system, which meant that some train companies' ticket machines, not all, couldn't authorise car...
New research suggests problematic memories could be deleted

New research suggests problematic memories could be deleted

Science
June 22 (UPI) -- In a series of experiments, neuroscientists were able to selectively delete different types of memories stored a single neuron belonging to a marine snail.The feat, detailed in the journal Current Biology, suggests problematic memories -- like those responsible for PSTD and anxiety -- in the human brain could be excised without harming other memories.When the brain stores a traumatic experience in its memory bank, the memory is actually stored in multiple forms. Each memory can include bits of incidental information from the experience. Years later, these incidental, or neutral, memories can trigger panic attacks and severe anxiety."The example I like to give is, if you are walking in a high-crime area and you take a shortcut through a dark alley and get mugged, and then y...
Alexis Bledel to be series regular in 'Handmaiden's Tale' Season 2

Alexis Bledel to be series regular in 'Handmaiden's Tale' Season 2

Entertainment
June 22 (UPI) --Alexis Bledel will be a series regular in Season 2 of popular new drama The Handmaiden's Tale.The 35-year-old actress will reprise Ofglen/Emily on the Hulu series, the show confirmed on its official Twitter page Thursday."@alexisbledel will walk with us as Emily for a second season," the series wrote. "#HandmaidensTale."Bledel's character was last seen being taken away in Season 1, Episode 5 after running over a guard. The actress told The Hollywood Reporter in April that Emily was a welcome change from her Gilmore Girls role."She's such a rich character so it's a real opportunity for me to dig in a bit deeper," she said. "It's endlessly interesting to play a character who had this former life and a family and an identity that was stripped from her.""It's great to play real...
Super League: Widnes 36-10 Leigh: Vikings see off fellow strugglers

Super League: Widnes 36-10 Leigh: Vikings see off fellow strugglers

Sports
Australian duo Chris Houston and Corey Thompson scored doubles as the Widnes beat Leigh 36-10 in the battle of two of Super League's strugglers.Widnes and Leigh have been slugging it out at the foot of the table since April but the Vikings, who welcomed back a ruck of stars, put in an assured first-half display where they ran in four tries, which was enough for Denis Betts' men to get the job done despite a second-half stutter.As a result, they climb off the bottom of the table and are replaced by Leigh, with a point between the two.The home side were well ahead in the energy battle and it showed in a high-octane 20 minutes where the Vikings laid down a marker.The shot in the arm came early after they welcomed back experienced trio Joe Mellor, Lloyd White and Chris Bridge, all players who ...
Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceSo-called Islamic State is defending its Syrian "capital" against a major offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters. The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse is one of the first reporters to reach the city.This has been a long and brutal road. Driving through the suburbs of Raqqa towards the centre, we pass collapsed buildings, hit by American air strikes, and pockmarked shop fronts, caught between the advance of the SDF and the retreating fighters who call themselves Islamic State (IS). As the SDF push forward, carts emerge, piled high with people and belongings, flying white flags. Some of these families sought refuge in Raqqa from other battles in Syria's long war, only to find themselves now back a...