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Baltimore Bridge investigators to examine whether dirty fuel played role

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A safety investigation into the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore will include an examination of whether contaminated fuel contributed to the incident.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, safety investigators had not yet boarded the Dali, the giant cargo ship involved in the crash, which remained lodged at a pillar of the collapsed bridge.

  • The vessel is expected to remain in its current location for weeks, while rescue crews continue to search for potential survivors.

  • The Dali experienced power issues shortly after embarking on its journey early Tuesday.

Reports indicate that the lights on the ship began to flicker about an hour after departure, with the harbor pilot and assistant reporting a loss of propulsion before the collision. An officer aboard the ship described a sudden loss of power, with one of the engines ceasing to function and a pervasive smell of burnt fuel in the engine room.

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According to Fotis Pagoulatos, a naval architect based in Athens, contaminated fuel can pose significant risks to a ship’s main power generators, potentially leading to a complete blackout and loss of propulsion.

While smaller generators may activate in response, they are unable to fully replace the functions of the main generators and may take time to engage.

Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, announced during a press conference that the investigation will encompass reviews of the vessel’s operations and safety history, as well as those of its owner and operator.

Efforts will also be made to secure recorders from the ship to gain further insight into the sequence of events leading up to the collision.

The Dali, constructed in 2015 by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, is a Panamax-type ship capable of carrying up to 10,000 containers.

Despite its size, the vessel is a common sight in U.S. ports on the East Coast and regularly transits through major canals such as the Panama and Suez Canals.

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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