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Severe geomagnetic storm hits Earth, NOAA reports

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A significant geomagnetic storm is currently affecting Earth, as announced by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center on Sunday afternoon.

Despite this, the United States may not witness the typical aurora borealis associated with such celestial occurrences.

On Saturday, the SWPC issued geomagnetic storm watches extending through Monday due to an anticipated impact from a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun.

Initially projected as reaching G2 “moderate” to G3 “strong” levels, the SWPC now warns that the storm has escalated to “severe” G4 conditions.

Understanding Coronal Mass Ejections:

A coronal mass ejection (CME) is an eruption of plasma and magnetic material from the sun, which can reach Earth within 15 to 18 hours, according to NOAA.

These ejections can cause disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field, leading to phenomena like the aurora borealis when particles interact with oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere.

Measuring Geomagnetic Storms:

The SWPC utilizes a 5-point scale to gauge the strength of geomagnetic storms, ranging from G1 to G5.

While a G1 storm may only produce minor impacts such as visible auroras in certain regions, a G5 storm, classified as extreme, could extend the auroras as far south as Florida and southern Texas.

Additionally, geomagnetic storms can affect navigation, communication, and radio signals.

Assessing the Severity of the Current Storm:

The SWPC has classified the current geomagnetic storm as G4, which is considered “severe.”

Despite this designation, the agency assures the public that no adverse impacts are anticipated, though they advise staying informed about the storm’s progression.

Sun hurls strong geomagnetic storm toward Earth | Reuters

Potential Impacts and Outlook:

During such storms, there may be increased voltage control problems, effects on satellite operations, and GPS degradation, although these are typically manageable.

Unfortunately, due to the timing of the heightened activity, daytime conditions in the United States may hinder aurora visibility.

However, there’s still a possibility for viewing opportunities if the storm persists into the night.

As of the latest forecast, northern regions of the U.S. may still have a chance to witness the auroras on Sunday and Monday nights.

Despite potential missed opportunities, NOAA suggests that Solar Cycle 25, currently nearing its peak, will continue to bring geomagnetic storms and auroras to Earth in the coming years.

While the severe geomagnetic storm presents an exciting astronomical event, its impact on daily life is expected to be minimal.

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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