Digital Digest: 14/07/2010
The Best Of The Web
Wednesday 14 July 2010
Rumours abound over the existence of Google Me, a social networking platform allegedly being developed by the internet giant. If launched – and Google are yet to confirm this – it could be the only credible attempt so far to topple Facebook's dominance of the social networking market. But why have Google's previous forays into social networking failed? Ind.pn/aUrVK
The artist Rachel Pearson recently signed up to a mammoth task, when she agreed to create a mural of 99 Northumbrian scenes for The Heritage Centre at Bellingham. The work, called 99 Northumbria, will be 2.5 square metres in size and feature 99 images of Northumberland life. Watch her in action as she takes on the task in a series of webcasts. Ind.pn/crg6Lr
Always the unofficial black sheep of haircuts, the mullet recently received official pariah status in Iran, where it was banned. In fact, it's just the latest in a long line of cultural ups and downs for the dubious 'do' which may well have found its origins in prehistoric society. Read all about it in 'Slate's' short history of the mullet. Ind.pn/a4B16C
Rebecca Hall is causing a stir in Hollywood for two reasons: her talent, as displayed in Woody Allen's 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona', and rumours about her and Kate Winslet's estranged husband Sam Mendes. Now she's staring alongside Jon Hamm in Ben Affleck's 'The Town'. Read the 'W' profile of her here: Ind.pn/csfnlV.
Did you know we have 10 times more microbes in our body than we have cells? Now studies suggest bacteriotherapy – the use of bacteria for the treatment of common ailments – is possible. Analysis of microbial DNA can help us understand this process better. But what are the process's limitations? Ind.pn/a00hLA
If you fancy bemoaning the portrayal of women in past advertising campaigns, head over to Live Journal and join in with their sexist advertising competition. The numerous entrants have now been whittled down to five finalists. Take a look at some of the jaw dropping ads and vote for the most offensive. Ind.pn/a8LDH0
The controversial author and journalist Christopher Hitchens is currently undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus. Shortly before his diagnosis, he talked to George Eaton at 'The New Statesman' about his life and his work. Read the interview: Ind.pn/bP8Co3.
Life & Style blogs
The Evil Within preview: a survival horror fan’s best worst nightmare
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The 3D-printed key that can unlock anything
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
- 1 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 2 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 3 Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 It's not just the savagery of Isis that is shocking – its weaponry is too
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