The Digital Digest: 28/03/2011
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Monday 28 March 2011
Fun facts about Vonnegut
In the latest instalment of its "Gateways to Geekery" series – in which readers are offered a bluffer's guide to a particular area of cultural interest – the AV club turns its attention to American author Kurt Vonnegut. It's packed full of facts for fans as well as being a great starting point for future ones. ind.pn/KVonnegut
Penguins at the pictures
The first trailer for a new adaptation of Mr. Popper's Penguins, in which Jim Carrey plays a New Yorker with penguins in his penthouse, has gone online and it looks every bit as madcap as one might hope. Expect plenty of Carrey's trademark exaggerated facial expressions. ind.pn/PenguinFilm
Why religion makes us fat and happy
Religious involvement had been linked to increased happiness, lower rates of smoking and alcohol consumption, and enhanced longevity. But a new study has found that those who attend religious activities are more likely to gain weight than those who don't go to church as often. Why? Time's Alice Park considers the possibilities. ind.pn/ChurchFat
Reimagining The Wire
Blogger Sean Michael Robinson has reimagined cult television show The Wire as a Victorian novel. Sound crazy? It's not as incongruous as you might think. After all, The Wire's Dickensian qualities have been discussed by various commentators before. Make up your own mind at: ind.pn/VictorianWire
For many men, baldness still remains a scourge, but fresh insight into the role of stem cells (essentially, even though it appears as though bald heads have less hair than others, they actually just have less active hair follicles) may signal new hope for balding men everywhere. ind.pn/baldcure
Follow the tweeters
Whether it's We Are Scientists' comedy tweets or Best Coast filling you in on just how much she's eating on tour, you can certainly get closer to your favourite musicians through Twitter. NME has compiled a list of 100 musicians to follow, beginning with the one and only Mr Kanye West. ind.pn/tweetingmusos
Web and flow
Last year in Wired, editor Chris Anderson argued that loading pages in a browser was passé and the future was in downloadable apps In this piece for Slate, Farhad Manjoo wonders if the web will have a place in a world full of apps. ind.pn/worldofapps
Life & Style blogs
GTA 5 Online DLC: San Andreas Flight School update brings 16-seater jet plane and more
What is ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge?
London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
As Kellie Maloney has experienced, when you're transgender, strangers think it's OK to ask intimate questions – it's not
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
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