Digital Digest: 23/08/2010
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Monday 23 August 2010
We’ve had Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates and Noah Wylie as Steve Jobs in Pirates of Silicon Valley and Tim Robbins as a fictionalised version of Gates in AntiTrust. Now, look out for a film about Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. But who will play them?
New research suggests that an incredibly old Chinese remedy for gastrointestinal problems may spare cancer patients the unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy and boost the effectiveness of treatment in general. Not good news for those who call into question the efficacy of herbal medicine, but what is the secret of the 1,800-year-old recipe? Find out here:
Following last week’s New York Times pieces on food souvenirs, here is a site that takes the concept that much further, using international cuisine to put together surprisingly appetising flags. There’s a sashimi Japan, a fruity Brazil, a biscuit-based New Zealand and a meat pie Australia. Surprisingly amusing. Check them out here:
Maybe a Mohawk to the office isn’t quite your thing, but how you wear you hair – on your head and your face – can mean a lot. Even more for Shahryar, a trendy young Iranian from Tehran, who was arrested for sporting an afro. Read about the ideological and political significance of hair in this piece from the Economist.
The New Yorker has published a chapter from Sean Wilentz’s forthcoming book, Bob Dylan in America. In it Wilentz argues that Dylan’s relationship with the Beat Generation is as essential to Dylan’s biography as his immersion in rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and Woody Guthrie. Read it here:
Arcade Fire arrive in the UK this week to play a number of shows and festivals. If you’re going to see them, watch their new video for Ready to Start to get yourself excited: it’s an invigorating, cinematic live performance shot in black and white. If you don’t have tickets, take a look to see what you’re missing out on.
It’s harder than ever to be in your 20s. According to this mammoth report, the way that society has evolved with young people leaving home, getting married and having children later, there is a case to declare the existence of a new stage of life: emerging adulthood. Read the about the new 20s here:
Life & Style blogs
Astrological signs are almost all wrong, as movement of moon and sun throws out zodiac
Inside A&E: The highs, the lows, and the grief is something that echoes across all hospitals around the world
Rita Ora reveals all – from her 24 tattoos to what she likes to wear when no-one's looking
American Apparel’s model agency leaked casting call saying it wants ‘real models’ not ‘Instagram hoes’
Just three alcoholic drinks a day increase chances of liver cancer
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Council tenant wins right not to be sent to Milton Keynes
- 1 Germanwings Q&A: Why would the cockpit door have been locked and would there have been no way to get in?
- 2 Andreas Lubitz: Who is Germanwings co-pilot who 'locked out captain and crashed flight 9525'?
- 3 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 4 Germanwings crash: Descent may have been 'deliberate, suicidal choice' by pilot, claims experts
- 5 Woman held in psychiatric ward after (correctly) saying Obama follows her on Twitter
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