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Friday, 24 February 2012

Lead item

Rudd to run for Labor leadership "Kevin Rudd will challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard for the Labor leadership on Monday morning. 'Rightly or wrongly, Julia has lost the trust of the Australian people,' he said. 'I want to finish the job the Australian people elected me to do.'"

The Age

Friday, 24 February 2012

General item

Women and Islam: A debate "Salafi mobs have caned women in Tunisian cafes and Egyptian shops; attacked churches in Egypt; and taken over whole villages in Tunisia. And while 'moderate Islamist' leaders say they will protect the rights of women (if not gays), they have done very little to bring these mobs under control. We do not see that one set of autocratic structures should be replaced by another which claims divine sanction."

New York Review of Books

Dodgy wiring and the 'faster-than-light' neutrinos "When scientists in Italy announced last year that they had recorded subatomic particles travelling faster than light, the world went into a frenzy. Now scientists have homed in on what might have caused the sensational results."


Friday, 24 February 2012

General item

The myth of the 8-hour sleep "We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural."


Form and fortune: Steve Jobs' pursuit of perfection "The technology would work as advertised; it was under total control. Apple promised a world in which technology would be humane, and used to ameliorate - rather than undermine - the human condition. For much of the last decade, Apple was not just selling gadgets; it was also selling technologically mediated therapy."

The New Republic
Steve Jobs

And finally

Cindy Sherman: Photography's angel provocateur "We are confronted by an artist with an urgent, singularly personal vision, who for the past 35 years has consistently and provocatively turned photography against itself." (Gallery from the MoMA exhibition)

New York Times