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
Blood test that predicts Alzheimer's disease
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Amputee drummer gains 'superhuman' skills with robotic arm
Stevia wonder: The plant that's a super sugar alternative – and free from calories and carbs
International Women's Day 2014: Google makes 80 second video of inspirational women from across the world for animated Doodle
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 4 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 5 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
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