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
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Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 2 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 4 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
- 5 Bryan Cranston speaks candidly about wealth
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