Howard University Partners with Me Too

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterIt got deep. It got personal. And hopefully, it was transformational. During the first week of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Tarana Burke, “me too” Founder was on hand at Howard University this week to discuss, sexaul assault, sexual violence and how everyone can be apart of the discussions and action plans for change as part of the ‘me too’ HBCU  tour.The ‘me too’ movement was founded in 2006 to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly women of color and from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing.Author and activist Darnell L. Moore, professor, producer and publisher Dr. Yaba Blay and ‘me too’ founder Tarana Burke engage in a fireside chat during ‘me too’ HBCU tour. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)Burke discussed how since the ‘me too’ movement went viral in October 2017, she had begun traveling the globe speaking on the issue. “Last year I spoke at over seventy schools around the world,” Burke said, “but was only invited to two HBCUs.” She offered many reasons for why it couldn’t happen on those campuses but was determined to make it happen. She had begun discussing with Dr. Yaba Blay, who shared the stage with her during the fireside chat at Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th Street NW,  Tuesday night, about how to bring this important conversation and work to Black institutions.“Last year I was booked every day single day of April,” Burke said,  “and I’m watching what these campuses are doing around sexual assault awareness month and I know that’s not happening on our campuses, but what I know is happening on our campuses is sexual violence is happening.”“So we want to make sure we had a lively open transparent conversation about that.”During the day of events, surveys were conducted to better understand the ways to end sexual violence and assault and also understand the complicated relationship between communities. During the chat, Burke discussed how many Black women felt that if they reported an act, that the alleged perpetrator would be celebrated and that the woman would be labeled for being the ones who brought forth charges on a Black man.Burke addressed the misinformation about the “me too” movement head on, saying, “When I listened to students talk about the kinds of things they are fearful of and the kind of response they may get from reporting, it seems very much like what we see on social media.”“Very much like these themes we see repeating. Like, ‘we’re taking down Black men. This is a movement to take down Black men.’  Those kind of ideas are really about taking the attention away from the actual issue.”Burke was clear that the ‘me too’ movement was an open platform for women and men, the LGBTQIA+ community and everyone to work together to end sexual violence and assault.Author and Activist Darnell L. Moore joined the fireside chat and added another perspective to the conversation.“I believe in costly grace,” Moore said referring to engaging with people who commit sexual violence and assault.  “Costly grace is the type of thing you extend with the nod always towards accountability. Accountability can only come when the person that’s doing harm acknowledges and understands they harmed you. And commits to stopping it.”According to data from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center:One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their livesIn the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime1 percent of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8 percent by an acquaintance91 percent of victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and nine percent are maleIn eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetratorOn college campuses, the numbers are just as startling:20 percent – 25 percent of college women and 15 percent of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in collegeA 2002 study revealed that 63.3 percent of men at one university self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape and admitted to committing repeat rapesMore than 90 percent of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault27 percent of college women have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contactNearly two-thirds of college students experience sexual harassmentThe ‘me too” HBCU tour experience was coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel includes fireside chats and meetings with students and campus leaders, as well as vital takeaways and strategic plans to continue to transform schools into safe spaces for all. The event was also supported by the school’s Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention (IVPP) and the the Title IX Office at Howard. Trough prevention and programming reagading seuxal harassment, sexual violence and sexual misconduct, the IVPP office trains everyone from staff, to students and faculty on consensual behavior, bystander intervention strategies and other kinds of interpersonal violence and advocacy support. The Title IX Office implements the schools Title IX policy which prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.At the end of the evening, Burke was able to present the school with a $10,000 grant to activate initiatives to stop sexual violence and assault and further discussions on Howard’s campus.A roster of discussions and activations were held throughout the day.During the fireside chat, Blay broke down the ways different communities discuss different things saying, “Tarana went to Alabama State, I went to Delaware State,” making it clear the the panelist were not outsiders but people who lived through many of the same experiences.“The yard is like home,” Blay said. “So you know that there’s a particular way we talk about these things at home and a particular way we talk about these things in public.”“There’s an experience of being a student at a HBCU and being a faculty at an HBCU which is something else. So what I was becoming discouraged by was the fact that many of my Black women students didn’t feel safe on their own campuses and they didn’t feel that there would be any recourse.  There was no one really to talk to if something were to happen.”The ‘me too’ HBCU tour has other planned stops in Spring of 2019 including Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University & Morehouse College (April 9), Alabama State University (April 12) North Carolina Central University (April 18) among others. For more information Please go to https://metooHBCU.eventbrite.comlast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Premature babies with low levels of platelets (thrombocytes) in their blood run a greatly increased risk of being afflicted with a severe variation of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disease that can cause blindness, according to a study from Sweden and US published in the journal JCI Insight. In experiments on mice, injections of blood platelets reduce the pathological development of retinal vessels.”I believe this paves the way for completely new therapeutic possibilities and also for new research domains for both pathological and normal vascular development,” says Ann Hellstrom, professor of pediatric ophthalmology at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a chief physician at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.Related StoriesDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustResearchers conclude that EnChroma’s glasses do not improve results of color-blind participants’Google Maps’ for cancer: Image-based model accurately represents blood traffic inside tumorsRetinopathy of prematurity (ROP) mainly affects children born before 28 weeks of pregnancy whose retinal vessels have not finished growing at birth. The children run the risk of permanent vision impairment and in severe cases blindness due to retinal detachment.The current study points to a correlation between low levels of platelets, whose main task in adults is to inhibit bleeding in blood vessels, and a fourfold increased risk of severe ROP in infants. Observational studies on a total of 202 premature babies with ROP have been conducted in Gothenburg and Stockholm.The experimental parts of the study, conducted at Harvard Medical School in Boston, indicate that the pathological vascular development in the retina of young mice increased by 30 percent when platelet levels were lowered by means of antibodies. When platelets from adult mice were introduced instead, the pathological vascular development declined by 19 percent.”Platelets in the bloodstream contain factors that are like nannies for vascular development. But babies who are born prematurely consume much of their platelets in connection with infections, and an imbalance of these factors arises in the bloodstream and out in the tissue that can lead to pathological vascular development, in this case in the retina,” Ann Hellstrom explains.Both Ann Hellstrom and her colleague in Boston, Lois Smith, maintain that the findings in the study point to a new direction and potential strategy for treating premature infants at risk of vision impairment caused by ROP.”Purely hypothetically, it’s conceivable that a transfusion of platelets could be administered to restore balance and calm everything down if there are signs of a growth of pathological blood vessels if the child is found to have low levels of platelets,” Ann Hellstrom says. Source:https://sahlgrenska.gu.se/english/research/news-events/news-article/?languageId=100001&contentId=1587990&disableRedirect=true&returnUrl=last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 4 2019Researchers have discovered two distinct subtypes of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors – known as pNETs – that have dramatically different risks of recurrence following surgical treatment [or surgery]. The finding could yield predictive tests, ease anxiety in patients whose tumors are found to be unlikely to recur, while focusing vigilant follow-up monitoring on patients with pNETs having a higher rate of recurrence.Until now, these pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors were viewed as relatively identical from a clinical point of view. While some pNETs never develop recurrent metastases following removal of the primary tumor, other patients experience recurrence within a few years, and there has been no specific way to predict these outcomes. Physicians use tumor size as a guideline, with non-functional pNETs larger than 2 centimeters considered the most likely to metastasize following surgery.Reporting in Nature Medicine, scientists led by Ramesh Shivdasani, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital identified molecular information that may help predict the likelihood of recurrence of non-functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Non-functional pNETs do not secrete hormones and are often discovered incidentally. This finding moves us closer to being able to identify patients with a high risk for metastasis at diagnosis and initial treatment. These patients can be monitored vigilantly for recurrent cancers, which may be treatable if detected early, while patients with the less aggressive kind of pNET can be advised that their prognosis is excellent – we can say, ‘you are probably cured.”Ramesh Shivdasani, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute The researchers used molecular analytical methods to describe new subtypes of pNETS that differ in the expression of specific regulatory proteins and found that the differences correlated with the risk of recurrence following surgical treatment. The regulatory proteins, ARX and PDX1, are epigenetic modifiers that are involved in development of the pancreas. The scientists found that tumors whose cells exclusively expressed the protein ARX had more than a 35 percent risk of recurrence following surgery, compared to less than a 5 percent risk if the tumor lacked ARX but expressed another regulatory protein, PDX1. Among study participants whose tumors showed high ARX levels, cancers recurred in the liver within one to four years, compared to the rare recurrence of tumors that expressed PDX1.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantPancreatic neuroendocrine tumors develop from cells of the same hormonal system within the pancreas that controls blood sugar levels. They are relatively rare, making up only one to two percent of all pancreatic tumors. Many pNETs are benign, while some are malignant. Some pNETs secrete hormones and are termed functional, but the majority are considered non-functional.Shivdasani and his colleagues studied molecular findings first in about a dozen pNETs and then analyzed the molecular profiles of another 142 pNET specimens. They found that about half of the pNETs expressed the regulatory protein ARX and resembled normal alpha cells in the pancreas, while the other half expressed the PDX1 regulatory protein and resembled normal beta pancreatic cells. The presence or absence of those proteins was strongly correlated with outcomes: among 103 cases the researchers studied, distant metastatic relapses occurred almost exclusively in patients whose tumors expressed the ARX protein but not the PDX1 protein.”This robust molecular stratification provides insight into cell lineage correlates of non-functional pNETs, accurately predicts disease course, and can inform postoperative clinical decisions,” the authors wrote.On the basis of these findings, said Shivdasani, pathologists could easily test specimens of pNET tumors to classify them as type A (expressing ARX) or type B (expressing PDX1). “Now you can tell patients with type B that your recurrence risk after surgery is very small – you’re practically home free,” Shivdasani said. “Knowing that is very comforting.” For patients whose tumors are type A, with a higher risk of recurrence, close follow-up could be undertaken to detect new metastases, which may be able to be treated with chemotherapy or other methods. “And even with metastatic disease,” he added, “people can live more than five years, in some cases even 10 years or longer,” he said. Source:Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteJournal reference:Shivdasani, R et al. (2019) Enhancer signatures stratify and predict outcomes of non-functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Nature Medicine. doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019-0493-4.last_img read more

Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a deep trade and security relationship with Brussels after Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019, and hopes to have a deal agreed in principle by October.A document presented to the European Commission last week and published on Wednesday outline plans for a treaty on internal security and models of cooperation on foreign policy and in defence operations.But officials have been taken aback by Brussels’ decision to deny London access to encrypted signals from the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system, citing legal issues about sharing sensitive information with a non-member state.Britain played a major role in developing the £9 billion (10 billion euros, $12 billion) project, an alternative to the US’ GPS which is expected to be fully operational in 2026.Being frozen out due to security concerns could have implications for the rest of the partnership, the government document warns.”The arrangements for any UK cooperation on Galileo are an important test of the depth of operational cooperation and information-sharing envisaged under the security partnership,” it said.It demands continued British access to the secure signal and a right to compete for contracts.Britain is looking into developing its own, separate system if the EU maintains its position, and has also raised the question of Galileo’s use of Britain’s overseas territories as monitoring bases.The Times newspaper meanwhile reported Wednesday that the government is looking at ways to ban British-based technology companies from transferring sensitive information overseas.Elsewhere, the document set out plans for a new treaty allowing Britain to continue using EU internal security measures such as the European Arrest Warrant, participate in agencies such as Europol, and continue the swift and secure exchange of data and criminal records.Britain also wants to agree ways to allow it to contribute to EU defence missions on a case-by-case basis, as well as defence research projects and defence planning.It points to the common threats faced by all European countries, from terrorism to illegal immigration, cyber threats and aggression, which has been blamed for a March chemical weapons attack in the English city of Salisbury. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Officials have been taken aback by Brussels’ decision to deny London access to encrypted signals from the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system, the launch of four of which are seen in 2017, citing legal issues about sharing sensitive information © 2018 AFP Brexit prompts UK to probe developing satellite navigation system Explore further Citation: Satellite row tests UK’s post-Brexit security plans (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-satellite-row-uk-post-brexit.html Britain outlined its proposals Wednesday for close security cooperation with the EU after Brexit, but these risk being undermined by the bloc’s refusal to share sensitive data on the Galileo satellite project. read more

first_imgWhat about other claims?In his emotion-laden press conference to present the allegations, current CEO Hiroto Saikawa accused his former mentor of “serious misconduct” but did not enter into details, saying the investigation was ongoing.On Thursday, deputy chief prosecutor Shin Kukimoto told reporters the case was “one of the most serious types of crime” under Japan’s Financial Instruments Act but also declined to give specific details.However, there has been a steady leak of allegations in the local press.Public broadcaster NHK said Ghosn used four luxury residences bought by Nissan worth several billion yen. They were in Beirut, Amsterdam, Paris (near the Eiffel Tower) and Rio de Janeiro (close to Copacabana Beach). The Mainichi Shimbun said Ghosn is suspected of using Nissan’s corporate money to pay a donation to his daughter’s university and costs for a family trip.Several media reported that Ghosn in fact continued to under-report income by a billion yen for three further fiscal years and that he would be re-arrested for this.The Yomiuri Shimbun said Ghosn paid some “advisory deal” money to his older sister—$100,000 annually, for a fictive job.What is the response?Ghosn and Kelly, the alleged mastermind of the operation, have been languishing in a Tokyo detention centre since Monday’s arrest and have not responded publicly.Both reportedly deny the allegations.Kelly is said to have told authorities it was not necessary to report this cash as Ghosn was due to receive it after retirement.According to the Tokyo Shimbun daily, Kelly has also defended the luxury apartments, saying his former boss was “flying around the globe and he needed houses in cities abroad. They are fair expenses.”What could the sentence be?Kukimoto from the prosecutors’ office said Ghosn could face up to 10 years behind bars if convicted.An official working in the financial sector, who asked not to be named, said the sentence depends on the magnitude of the crime.”The more the intention was to mislead investors, the greater the punishment,” said this official.Ghosn has not been officially charged but can be interrogated over the single allegation he faces for up to 22 days. He can in theory be re-arrested to face other allegations, which restarts the “questioning period.”This can theoretically last for several cycles but in practice usually lasts 60 days or so.If he is formally charged, he could remain in detention or be freed on bail with conditions attached—he is unlikely to be allowed to leave Japan, for example. Nissan CEO tells staff feels ‘dismay’ at Ghosn scandal Explore further Ghosn actually only faces one official allegation One of the world’s best-known tycoons, car titan Carlos Ghosn’s arrest for alleged financial misconduct stunned the auto sector and the wider business world. Citation: Ghosn: the allegations and the rumours (2018, November 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ghosn-allegations-rumours.html A week after his arrest, fresh allegations are appearing almost daily in the local media but so far there is only one official reason for his arrest and Ghosn himself denies the claims.AFP looks at the details of the allegations against Ghosn and his aide Greg Kelly, as well as other unsubstantiated claims leaked to the media. What is the accusation?Officially, Ghosn has to answer only one allegation: that he conspired to under-report his income to the tune of $44 million.Since Monday’s stunning arrest, the prosecutors’ office has made just one official statement: “The two suspects conspired to submit financial statements … five times between June 2011 and June 2015 stipulating suspect Ghosn’s financial remunerations totalled about 4,987 million yen for the consolidated accounting years from the term ended in March 2011 to the term ended in March 2015 although the sum was about 9,998 million yen.”The two suspects “each submitted financial statements that carried false records on important matters,” added the prosecutor.Is this tax evasion?No. The documents Ghosn stand accused of falsifying are not tax declarations and he is not suspected of trying to defraud tax authorities.Instead, he is accused of under-stating—by about one billion yen per year—his compensation in the so-called “yukashoken hokokusho”—an annual account of the state of the company published to shareholders.”Listed companies are obliged to produce this document every year,” explained Jun Yokoyama, a financial law expert from Daiwa Securities.”All the company’s financial information has to appear in this document as well as the combined compensation for management and the individual breakdown for those earning more than 100 million yen,” Yokoyama told AFP.The “yukashoken hokokusho” is designed to provide a complete picture of the firm’s finances to shareholders, analysts and investors.”It has nothing to do with the tax declaration filed to tax authorities which is an individual document that is not made public,” he added. © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. 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first_imgTesla is experiencing “a massive wave of deliveries” throughout Europe, China and North America © 2019 AFP Tesla chief Elon Musk on Thursday urged workers to make helping with the “biggest wave” of deliveries in the electric car maker’s history their top priority, Business Insider reported. The news website posted a copy of an internal email from Musk rallying Tesla troops to pitch in with “a massive wave of deliveries” throughout Europe, China and North America.”This is the biggest wave in Tesla’s history,” the email read. “For the last ten days of the quarter, please consider your primary priority to be helping with vehicle deliveries. This applies to everyone.”The firm is experiencing the kind of tremendous increase in delivery demand seen in North America last year in Europe and China, according to the email, which added the situation was exacerbated by component supplier shortages in Europe.Musk was reportedly seeking volunteers to drive Tesla cars to destinations such as shipping points, but said he did not expect the delivery crunch to recur in future quarters.Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.Meanwhile, a message from Tesla’s official Twitter account on Tuesday said that due to trouble processing an unusually high volume of online orders, a planned slight increase in prices of some models was postponed a day.Tesla currently makes all its cars at a plant in the Northern California city of Fremont and aimed to deliver 400,000 cars this year.The firm recently introduced a new electric sports utility vehicle slightly bigger and more expensive than its Model 3, pitched as an electric car for the masses.Tesla last week showed the all-electric Model Y with a starting price of $39,000 for a version with a 230-mile (370-kilometer) range. Deliveries were expected to begin late next year that model, with the standard-range version likely to get to buyers by spring 2021, according to the company.Musk, 47, is a visionary and inventive boss but also highly unpredictable, especially on social network Twitter, where he has often communicated in defiance of rules imposed on executives of publicly-traded companies. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Tesla chief Musk calls on workers to help deliver cars (2019, March 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-tesla-chief-musk-workers-cars.html Tesla sets March 14 ‘Model Y’ unveiling This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgArtificial intelligence can be used to create deep fakes – audio, pictures and videos that make people say and do things they never did. Credit: PxHere Explore further As these tools look at form, they don’t check whether the content itself makes false claims, which is what Fandango’s second line of research does. Here they link stories that have been proven false by human fact-checkers, and look for online pages or social media posts with similar words and claims.”The tools can spot which fake news stories share the same root and allow journalists to investigate them,” said Nucci.Both of these components strongly rely on various AI algorithms, like the processing of natural language. The third component allows journalists to respond to fake news.A fake story might, for example, make the claim that a very high percentage of crimes in a European country are committed by foreign immigrants. In theory that might be an easy claim to disprove because of large troves of available open data, yet journalists waste valuable time in finding that data. So Fandango’s tool links all kinds of European open data sources together, and bundles and visualises it. Journalists can use, for example, pooled together national data to address claims about crimes or apply data from the European Copernicus satellites to climate change debates.”This way journalists can quickly respond to fake stories and not waste any time,” said Nucci.Their tools are currently being tested by Belgian public broadcaster VRT, ANSA, the main Italian news agency, and CIVIO, a Spanish non-profit organisation.Fake news detectionYet spotting fake news might not only be a question of finding untrue claims, but also of analysing massive amounts of social media sharing patterns, says Michael Bronstein, professor at the University of Lugano in Switzerland and at Imperial College London, the UK.He leads a project called GoodNews, which uses AI to take an atypical approach to fake news detection.”Most existing approaches look at the content,” said Prof. Bronstein. “They analyse semantic features that are characteristic of fake news. Which works to a certain degree, but runs into all kinds of problems.”There are, for example, language barriers, platforms like WhatsApp don’t give you access to the content because it’s encrypted and in many cases fake news might be an image, which is harder to analyse using techniques like natural language processing.”So Prof. Bronstein and his team turned this model on its head, looking instead at how fake news spreads.Essentially, previous studies show that fake news stories are shared online in different ways from real news stories, says Prof. Bronstein. Fake news might have far more shares than likes on Facebook, while regular posts tend to have more likes than they have shares. By spotting patterns like these, GoodNews attaches a credibility score to a news item.The team has built their first prototype, which uses graph-based machine-learning, an AI-technique in which Prof. Bronstein is an expert. The prototype is trained on data from Twitter where the researchers trace stories fact-checked by journalists and shown to be false. Journalists in this way train the AI-algorithm by showing it which stories are fake, and which are not.The GoodNews team hopes to monetise this service through a start-up called Fabula AI, based in London. While they hope to roll out the product at the end of the year, they envisage having customers such as large media companies like Facebook and Twitter, but also individual users.”Our bigger vision is that we want to become a credibility rating house for news, in the same way that certain companies rate a person’s consumer credit score,” said Prof. Bronstein.SolveOf course that leaves a bigger question—can technology really solve fake news? Both researchers are sceptical, but convinced technology can help. Nucci emphasises that the concept of fake news is contested, and that stories are often not entirely true, but also not entirely false.”Fake news is not a mathematical question of algorithms and data,” he said. “But a very philosophical question of how we deal with the truth. Nevertheless our technology can help improve transparency around fake claims and misinformation.”Prof. Bronstein says it would be naive to expect technology to solve the problem of fake news.”It’s not just about detecting fake news. It’s also a problem of trust and a lack of critical thinking. People are losing trust in traditional media and institutions, and that’s not something that can be mitigated only through technology,” he said.”It requires efforts from all stakeholders, and hopefully our project can play a part in this larger effort.” Want to make yourself sound like Obama? In the past, that might have required physically imitating his voice, party-trick style. And even if you were very good at it, it almost certainly wouldn’t present a danger to our democracy. But technology has changed that. You can now easily and accurately make anyone say anything through AI. Just use the service of an online program to record a sentence and listen to what you said in a famous person’s voice.Programs like this are often called deep fakes—AI systems that adapt audio, pictures and videos to make people say and do things they never did.These technologies could launch a new era of fake news and online misinformation. In 2017, Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College,US, who detects fake videos said the rapid proliferation of new manipulation techniques has led to an ‘arms race.” Just imagine what elections will be like when we’re no longer able to trust video and audio. But some researchers are now fighting back and showing that AI can also be used for good.”AI has many ethical problems,” said Francesco Nucci, applications research director at the Engineering Group, based in Italy. “But sometimes it can also be the solution. You can use AI in unethical ways to for example make and spread fake news, but you can also use it to do good, for example, to combat misinformation.”Fact-checkersHe is the principal researcher on the Fandango project, which aims to do just that. The team is building software tools to help journalists and fact-checkers detect and fight fake news, says Nucci. They hope to serve journalists in three ways.The first component is what Nucci calls content-independent detection by using tools which target the form of the content.Nucci explains that today, images and video can easily be manipulated, whether through simple Photoshop or more complex techniques like deep fakes. Fandango’s systems can reverse-engineer those changes, and use algorithms to help journalists spot manipulated content. Provided by Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine EU tasks experts to find ways to fight fake news Fake news has already fanned the flames of distrust towards media, politics and established institutions around the world. And while new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) might make things even worse, it can also be used to combat misinformation. Citation: Can artificial intelligence help end fake news? (2019, April 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-artificial-intelligence-fake-news.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on cultivation COMMENTS July 01, 2018 Telangana SHARE Officials in the Telangana Agriculture department are hopeful that sowing of different crops, which began during June, would be normal this Kharif season with a normal monsoon forecast for the state this year.“A normal monsoon is the clear forecast (this year). So, we feel normal area would be achieved. Sowings would continue during whole of July,” State Principal Secretary (Agriculture) C Parthasarathi told PTI.The state has received 145.9 mm of rainfall as on June 29 against the normal rainfall (as on June 29) of 124.4 mm, according to official data.Adilabad district received highest rainfall of 244.7 mm, while Jogulamba Gadwal district received lowest rainfall of 70.3 mm.As on June 29, the actual area sown of all crops was 10,92,392 hectares against normal area of 43,29,057 hectares.After a brief lull, the state is receiving rains at present and the sowing would jump during the next two weeks, Parthasarathi said.The rainfall during August and September would further affect the Kharif season, he said.Sowing was over in about eight lakh hectares in cotton and upto 50 per cent in redgram, he said. COMMENTlast_img read more