COVID-19: $6.5 million to help fight coronavirus misinformation

Health authorities have warned that an overabundance of information can make it harder for people to obtain reliable guidance about the coronavirus pandemic.Helping the world make sense of this information requires a broad response, involving scientists, journalists, public figures, technology platforms and many others. Here are some ways we plan to help.Supporting coronavirus fact-checking and verification effortsWe’re providing $6.5 million in funding to fact-checkers and nonprofits fighting misinformation around the world, with an immediate focus on coronavirus.Collaboration is a crucial component of journalism’s response to a story as complicated and all-encompassing as COVID-19. For this reason, the Google News Initiative (GNI) is stepping up its support for First Draft. The nonprofit is providing an online resource hub, dedicated training and crisis simulations for reporters covering COVID-19 all over the globe. First Draft is also using its extensive CrossCheck network to help newsrooms respond quickly and address escalating content that is causing confusion and harm. We’re also renewing our support for the collaborative verification project Comprova in Brazil.As fact-checkers address heightened demand for their work, we are providing immediate support to several organizations. Full Fact and Maldita.es will coordinate efforts in Europe focused on countries with the most cases (Italy, Spain, Germany,...

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I Pray

“I pray for and support the President, the government officials, and all those trying to make it out of this pandemic alive.”Continue reading on Medium »Original linkOriginal author: Sophie Caraan

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Volevo essere un Supereroe della Marvel vol. 1 — Matsuteia — E.T.A. Egeskov

Volevo essere un Supereroe della Marvel vol. 1 — Matsuteia — E.T.A. Egeskov

Volevo essere un Supereroe della Marvel vol. 1MatsuteiaE.T.A. Egeskovhttps://www.amazon.it/dp/B0865BNNV5ebook euro 0,99ebook euro 0,99ebook euro 0,99Ottomila circa sono i personaggi che affollano l’universo (o meglio gli universi) della Marvel Comics e l’idea di realizzare un volume agile sulle curiosità di una siffatta pletora di personaggi non poteva che spaventare e far sembrare l’idea folle e il progetto irrealizzabile. Ma arrendersi non è da supereroi…(dalla prefazione di E.T.A. Egeskov)Dopo l’apprezzato “Volevo essere uno Jedi”, che accompagnava i lettori dietro le quinte della saga di Star Wars e il successo di “Volevo guidare l’Enterprise ma Kirk è arrivato prima”, che ci conduceva invece nel fantascientifico universo di Star Trek, dalla serie culto degli anni Sessanta del Novecento, fino ai più moderni film (scritto a quattro mani con Adele Ross), Matsuteia torna con un’altra raccolta di curiosità frizzanti e insolite, questa volta sull’universo (anzi gli universi) della Marvel, altra icona per gli appassionati (sia dei classici comics che delle pellicole da loro tratte e che spesso hanno sbancato i botteghini di tutto il mondo). Scritto insieme a E.T.A. Egeskov (autore di “Ho fatto 13: consigli di lettura un po’ originali” e la favola dark “Notte di tempesta sulle falesie”), questo agevole volumetto, primo di una...

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Transform your photo in the style of an iconic artist

Transform your photo in the style of an iconic artist

Arts and CultureMosaic of images.pngMichelle LuoProduct Manager, Google Arts & CulturePublished Apr 2, 2020From the bold, swirling movement in Vincent van Gogh's paintings, to the surreal, confident brushstrokes of Frida Kahlo, many famous artists have instantly recognizable styles. Now you can use these styles to transform your own photos. With Art Transfer, a new feature in the Google Arts & Culture app, you can apply the characteristics of well-known paintings to your own images.To try it, open the Camera menu in the bottom bar of the Google Arts & Culture app and select “Art Transfer.” After taking or uploading a photo, choose from dozens of masterpieces to transfer that style onto your image. (And while you wait, we’ll share a fun fact about the artwork, in case you’re curious to know a bit more about its history.) For more customization, you can use the scissors icon to select which part of the image you want the style applied to. Thanks to cultural institutions from around the world, such as the UK’s National Gallery and Japan’s MOA Museum of Art, we’re able to feature artists like van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Edvard Munch or Leonardo da Vinci.Many Google Arts & Culture experiments show what’s...

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Il Sidekick Problematico

Il Sidekick Problematico

Jason Todd, la sua fine prematura e l’importanza di dare giusta visibilità ai caratteri turbolenti.A Death in the Family — Jim AparoDi supereroi al mondo ce ne sono tanti — anche troppi secondo alcuni. Forti, potenti, accessoriati e con storie tragiche alle spalle, ognuno una primadonna nel suo universo. Va bene così. Li amiamo o amiamo odiarli, ma non è il punto di questo discorso.Di supereroi, dicevo, ce ne sono tanti. Abituati come siamo a renderli protagonisti, spesso distogliamo l’attenzione da quella che è una figura altrettanto importante nella vita di quella fetta di pubblico che non riesce a identificarsi nell’infallibilità dell’eroe: i sidekick.La ratio eroe/sidekick non depone a favore di questi ultimi, ma quando ci sono, quando esistono e gli è dato spazio d’evolversi, rappresentano un ponte la cui importanza è da sottolineare.Nati in principio con lo scopo di coinvolgere con più entusiasmo una certa fascia demografica e spargere valori sani, patriottici, galvanizzanti, col passare del tempo figure come Bucky Barnes e Dick Grayson hanno sviluppato vite proprie, trovando la forza e il momentum necessari per allontanarsi pian piano dall’ombra dei loro compagni d’avventura più ingombranti. Sono, in tanti modi diversi, cresciuti, e questo rende la loro essenza ed esistenza...

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My grandfather’s life is a roadmap for an uncertain future.

My grandfather’s life is a roadmap for an uncertain future.

In lieu of seeing my grandfather one last time, I will pay him this homage.Continue reading on Medium »Original linkOriginal author: Daniel de Graaf

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My Obsession with One-Pot Meals: An illustrated exploration

My Obsession with One-Pot Meals: An illustrated exploration

Hey, everyone. Remember this guy?Yeah. It’s the Hamburger Helper guy. No one knows why he’s just three fingers and a thumb, and no one wants to think what will happen if this guy actually touches a hot pan — but he was my introduction to one-pot meals.I was 20, living in Queens, New York with my friend Sarah, and she was from Rochester. I don’t think I’d ever eaten Hamburger Helper before I saw her eating it one night. At the time, I was making $18,000 a year, and I was stunned at how rich and savory cheap ground beef and a meal out of a box could taste.I think this is largely because, when I was growing up, my mom made traditional Taiwanese meals. At a minimum, there was one protein, one veg, and rice, of course. Most nights there was two veg. Every night for dinner our meals looked like something I’d now recognize as coming straight off a restaurant menu.My mom never seemed to really enjoy making these meals, and I don’t blame her now.We moved back to California to be closer to my parents about seven years ago, and I remember being horrified and shocked when my dad showed...

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A Green Theme for Spring

A Green Theme for Spring

Wanting and Having, Part 01Like many freelance creatives, I found myself closing out a contract with a company in mid-March, at the start of the COVID-19 quarantine in New York City. I count myself grateful to have a skillset that allows me to generate income remotely from my home and even more grateful to the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocers, baristas, journalists, government officials, and men and women in delivery and sanitation that continue to work out of their homes.I intended to pass the time creatively before my next contract and since I don’t do Sudoku (I don’t like numbers), puzzles (puzzles are at best marginally fun in the company of other people, and I live alone), or The New York Times crossword (there’s no excuse for this, really, I should be doing this for my brain), I found myself wandering aimlessly online opening up tab after tab of things I wanted to buy online. There were so many, the tabs began to look like a little row of sugar ants searching for a PopTart crumb on my homebar. I used to have a coworker who did this and whenever she would pull me over to look at her screen for advice...

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美國疾控中心擬呼籲戴口罩防病毒

美國約翰斯霍普金斯大學數據顯示,美國確診新型肺炎人數突破20萬,4300多人死亡。紐約州州長葛謨說,全州死亡人數增至1900多人,83700幾人確診,預計疫情會在月底才達到頂峰,所有居民未來一個月仍然要生活在痛苦之中。他又批評,紐約市有很多市民在頒布居家令後,仍然聚集在遊樂場,下…Continue reading on Medium »Original linkOriginal author: Frederick Yeung

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Zoom Zoom Zoom

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Anyone can publish on Medium per our Policies, but we don’t fact-check every story. For more info about the coronavirus, see cdc.gov.Extra-long comic!Are you putting the “social” in social distancing, too?Discover MediumWelcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight.WatchMake Medium yoursFollow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox.ExploreBecome a memberGet unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month.UpgradeOriginal linkOriginal author: Background Noise Comics

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