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
Why you should never make assumptions about people with autism
People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study
Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 4 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
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