Digital Digest (31/05/11)
The Best Of The Web
Tuesday 31 May 2011
Those who have fantasies about being in a gangster movie or who simply like to keep a lot of cash around the house, check out this site. It shows how much space $1m takes up. Good to know how much space you'll need when it comes to stashing your ill-gotten gains. We won't ask any questions.... ind.pn/millionbigones
For some people, kissing their dog is a loving and tender act. For the rest of us, it is disgusting and unhygienic. According to a new study, from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, we may be right, because it suggests that humans kissing dogs over the centuries may be responsible for the spread of viruses. ind.pn/dogkiss
The invisible hotel room
The Mirrorcube suite, in the Tree Hotel, is ideal for the extremely privacy-conscious holidaymaker. Set high among the branches in a Swedish forest, 37 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the venue not only offers a remote location, but also a reflective surface which camoflages its very existence. ind.pn/MirrorSuite
Where have all the heroes gone?
Some 16 million Americans saw service in the Second World War. This year, the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks which drew the US into the war, only 1.5 million of them remain. Here The New York Times explores how our idea of the conflict is changing as the generation that witnessed it dies out. ind.pn/WWIIVET
A final step for man
Nasa's shuttle programme is to be wound down this year and this stunning image, taken from a fish-eye camera attached to the International Space Station, shows an astronaut, Michael Fincke, on a space walk of over seven hours, the last any astronaut is scheduled to carry out from a shuttle. ind.pn/WalkPic
Holding back the future
Iran's war against the internet shows no sign of abating. Tehran has announced plans to block it and within two years create a "state-censored, fully-internal internet". Its aim: "uphold Islamic moral values". Here, The Wall Street Journal explores the feasibility of the plan and the motives driving it forward. ind.pn/Iranternet
Leading with a lager
To be a successful politician you have to master the art of the photo opportunity. What you wear, how you stand and even what you choose to drink can be used to communicate a particular image to the electorate. Slate pulls together a gallery of world leaders "relaxing" with a man-of-the-people drink of beer. ind.pn/LeadersDrinking
Life & Style blogs
Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
KickAssTorrents down: biggest file-sharing site moves to .cr domain after takedowns
Audrey Hepburn is officially Britain’s style icon – 22 years after her death
Protein World 'Beach body ready' advert: Mass demonstration in Hyde Park planned against 'body-shaming' weight loss advertisements
The confessions of men who ordered mail-order brides
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
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- 2 Donald Trump decides that Baltimore riots are Barack Obama's fault
- 3 X Factor in crisis as numbers of people auditioning plummets
- 4 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
- 5 Baltimore riots: Furious mother marches her son home live on TV
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