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Audit uncovers dozens of issues in Boeing’s 737 Max production

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A six-week audit conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reportedly uncovered “dozens of problems” at Boeing facilities.

The audit was initiated following an alarming incident in early January when a door panel blew off a 737 Max 9 flight operated by Alaska Airlines, prompting heightened scrutiny of Boeing’s quality-control practices.

The NYT report provided insights into the findings of the audit, based on an internal FAA slide presentation.

Auditors identified numerous issues, with many falling under the categories of failure to adhere to approved manufacturing processes and inadequate documentation of quality control measures.

Out of 89 product audits conducted, Boeing reportedly passed 56 tests but failed 33 of them, indicating a significant number of deficiencies in the production process.

Similarly, of the 13 product audits focused on Spirit AeroSystems, a key supplier responsible for manufacturing fuselages for the 737 Max, only six resulted in passing grades, while seven audits ended in failure.

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Some of the troubling practices uncovered during the audit included mechanics at Spirit reportedly using a hotel key card to check a door seal and applying liquid Dawn soap as a lubricant during the fit-up process.

In response to the findings, a spokesman for Spirit stated that the company is reviewing all identified nonconformities for corrective action.

This latest development comes on the heels of the FAA’s directive to Boeing to develop a plan for quality-control improvements within 90 days.

Additionally, an expert panel’s report highlighted a concerning “disconnect” between Boeing’s senior management and employees regarding safety culture.

The backdrop of these investigations is the tragic history of the Boeing 737 Max, with two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 claiming the lives of 346 passengers and crew members.

In light of these incidents, Boeing emphasized its commitment to implementing immediate changes and developing a comprehensive action plan to strengthen safety and quality.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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AI tracks enigmatic cancers back to origins in new study

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In a groundbreaking development, scientists have unveiled a remarkable AI tool that promises to revolutionise the detection and treatment of metastatic cancers.

These elusive cancers often evade detection until they have already spread to distant organs, posing a significant challenge for diagnosis and treatment. Published in Nature Medicine, the study showcases an AI model developed by researchers at Tianjin Medical University (TMU) in China, led by Tian Fei and Li Xiangchun. Trained on a vast dataset of 30,000 images from 21,000 individuals, the AI model demonstrated an unprecedented accuracy rate of 83% in identifying the origins of metastatic cancer cells found in fluid samples from abdominal or lung regions.

Impressively, the model’s top three predictions included the tumour’s source with a staggering 99% accuracy.

This breakthrough not only surpasses the capabilities of human pathologists but also offers a beacon of hope for the 300,000 people annually diagnosed with cancer at TMU-affiliated hospitals, where approximately 4,000 cases rely on such image-based diagnoses.

By significantly reducing the need for invasive tests and providing timely and accurate predictions, this AI tool could potentially extend the lives of late-stage cancer patients. Faisal Mahmood of Harvard Medical School praises the study’s findings, highlighting the potential of AI as an indispensable assistive tool in healthcare.

Looking ahead, the integration of AI with tissue samples and genomic data holds the promise of further enhancing outcomes for individuals battling metastatic cancers of unknown origins, ushering in a new era of precision medicine and personalised care.

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Surprising Netflix subscriber surge despite price hikes

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Netflix Surpasses Expectations with 9.33 Million New Subscribers in Q1 2024

Netflix stunned analysts and the industry alike with its first-quarter 2024 earnings report, revealing a remarkable surge of 9.33 million paid subscribers, soaring past the anticipated 3.93 million additions and bringing its total subscriber count to an impressive 269.60 million.

This surge follows a record-breaking fourth quarter of 2023, where Netflix added 13.1 million subscribers. Despite this remarkable growth streak, Netflix announced it would cease reporting quarterly subscriber totals from 2025 onward, signalling a significant shift in industry dynamics. Notable contributors to this growth included high-profile releases like the live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “3 Body Problem” by the show-runners behind “Game of Thrones.”

Regionally, the U.S. and Canada saw a growth of 2.53 million paid subscribers, while Europe, the Middle East, and Africa added 2.92 million, Latin America saw an increase of 1.72 million, and the Asia-Pacific market experienced a rise of 2.16 million.

Alongside surpassing subscriber expectations, Netflix exceeded financial projections, reporting a 15% increase in revenue from Q1 2023, with diluted earnings per share of $5.28 on $9.37 billion in revenue.

Looking ahead, Netflix forecasts robust financial performance for Q2, with expectations of $9.49 billion in revenue and diluted EPS of $4.68, aiming for revenue growth of 13% to 15% for the full year 2024, reflecting a bullish outlook on its operational margin.

 

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Why are Americans moving abroad?

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Inflation and the rising cost of living in the United States is motivating Americans to consider moving to other countries.

Have you ever dreamed of working or retiring abroad?

Well, more and more Americans are discovering that their income can stretch much further in other countries, allowing them to save more, pay off debts, and even get ahead financially.

Kelli Maria Korduck a contributor with Business Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss why Americans are deciding that the only way to get ahead is to leave.

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