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NASA issues warning about space herpes

NASA issues warning about space herpes

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter NASA has issued a warning about space herpes after a study found the virus was reactivating in crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions.According to the agency, while only a small proportion of the astronauts develop symptoms as a result of the dormant virus awakening, it could spell danger for longer spaceflight missions - for instance to Mars. "NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation - not to mention the extreme G forces of take-off and re-entry," said Dr Satish Mehta."This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle," added Dr Mehta, senior author of the...
Ryanair issues profit warning as fares fall

Ryanair issues profit warning as fares fall

Business
Ryanair has cut its profit forecast blaming lower-than-expected air fares. The airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said Ryanair could not rule out having to cut fares further. Fares are expected to fall 7% this winter.He said the low fares were already causing problems for rivals, including Flybe which was rescued last week.Full-year profits are now expected to be in a range of €1.0bn to €1.1bn (£880m to £970m), compared with its previous forecast of €1.1bn to €1.2bn.The profit forecast has been cut despite Ryanair saying it expects to carry more passengers than forecast.It had previously warned on profits in October.Mr O'Leary said there was too much capacity on short-haul routes in Europe this winter, adding that ...
European Union issues sanctions on Iran over assassination plots

European Union issues sanctions on Iran over assassination plots

World
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The European Union announced sanctions Tuesday against a unit of the Iranian intelligence agency and two individuals for their alleged involvement in various assassination plots. The move places both individuals and the intelligence unit onto the EU's terror list, accusing them of carrying out attacks as part of plots against Iranian opposition figures in Denmark and France. As a result of the designation, the accused will have their assets frozen and will be subject to other restrictions. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands' secret service had "strong indications" Iran was involved in the assassination of Dutch nationals in Almere in 2015 and in The Hague in 2017 "The EU and the Netherlands take strong action against Iranian unlawful interference in Eur...
RBI issues consumer protection rules for mobile wallets: Users liability limited

RBI issues consumer protection rules for mobile wallets: Users liability limited

Finance
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued the guidelines limiting consumers' liability in case of unauthorised transactions that have taken place from their mobile wallets. As per the guidelines, Prepaid Payment Instrument (PPI) issuers will be required to provide a contact number and/or email ID in the transaction alert SMS through which consumers can report the unauthorised transactions or notify objections. If an unauthorised transaction takes place from the customer's mobile wallet due to the negligence of PPI issuer, then in that case the customer's liability will be ZERO, as per these new guidelines.As per the guidelines issued by RBI in a circular dated January 4, 2019, Prepaid Payment Instrument (PPI) issuers such as Paytm, Amazon Pay, PhonePe and so on must ensure that their cust...
X Factor cancels voting after sound issues

X Factor cancels voting after sound issues

Entertainment
The X Factor has cancelled its public vote after the show was hit by sound issues on Saturday night.Viewers complained that the judges and some of the performances sounded distorted and contestants sounded like "Daleks".ITV apologised and said the vote will take place on Sunday's show instead.It is thought to be the first time voting has been cancelled in the singing show's 15-year history.Viewers started to encounter sound issues during the performance by Danny Tetley and continued through Anthony Russell's song. A message appeared on screen which read: "We are sorry for the temporary interference in sound."At the end of the programme, another message said: "Due to a technical issue, tonight's v...