Digital Digest: 16/08/2010

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Film



FirstShowing.net


How Do You Know is the first film from Academy Award-winning director James L Brooks since his flop comedy, Spanglish, in 2004. Despite its all-star cast of Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson, the decidedly unfunny trailer means it is unlikely to be a return to form.Watch it here:



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Science

Discovery.com

According to a theory being published by Penn State University paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman, animals including dogs, cats and cows played a key role in human evolution. Taking in and employing animals spurred on human tool-making and language, which have both driven humanity’s success. Read about it here:

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Comedy

CBSNews.com

Elyse Porterfield has just moved to Los Angeles from her small Colorado hometown to pursue her dream of becoming a film star. She is also the woman who hoaxed the internet with her I quit video, and has gone on to become one of the most searched names on Google. CBS have an exclusive interview with her, and fellow hoaxer, John Resig. See it here:

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Environment

Ecouterre.com

Ecouterre combines fashion coverage with a love for the environment. Packed full of suggestions for recycling and shopping sustainably, it’s a handy go-to if you’re a consumer with a conscience. The latest item to feature is the Dancepants Kinetic mp3 player, powered as you run by a pair hi-tech leggings.

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Photography

NME.com

The NME has launched its Music Photography Awards, an opportunity for amateurs and professionals to showcase their work. To mark the occasion, celebrated photographer Jill Furmanovsky has selected some of the great portraits of the rock photography genre: Bob Dylan, Debbie Harry and The Clash.

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Society

TheAtlantic.com

In the US and Britain, prisons are overcrowded. But what if we could release all the inmates and monitor their movements using electronic tagging? Could it be a more just means of punishment, an effective way to cut crime, and reduce costs? This thought-provoking article in The Atlantic finds out:

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Technology

Wired.com

Being online is the easiest ways to waste time; not least because you can kid yourself that you are just a couple of clicks away from getting back to work. But what happens when you are doing some serious graft, and want to get back to procrastination? Here are six of the best ways of mindlessly whiling away the day:

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Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)
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Left to right: Stanley Tucci, Sophie Grabol and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
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