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When public figures such as Cate McGregor and Bruce Jenner speak about trans experience, how does it serve the development of trans rights? AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

After Cate McGregor and Bruce Jenner, what now for trans rights?

A number of high-profile trans people have come out in recent months, such as Cate McGregor and Bruce Jenner. Do these big media moments help advance trans rights across society?
Neil deGrasse Tyson is just one scientist celeb who already unofficially does the job of a science laureate. John Roling

Science celebrities are our de facto science laureates

A bill before congress would create a science laureate position akin to the poet laureate for poetry. But some science stars are already essentially doing the job now.
Dying at 70, Cocker effectively lost one day in eight off the life expectancy the average Englishman has today. EPA/Angelika Warmuth

With a little help from his friends … Joe Cocker’s early death

Joe Cocker, the Sheffield singer who died on December 22, will always be remembered as one of the most searing, unforgettable voices of the past forty years. Ten of his best songs can be found here. “Mad…
Band Aid is an apt name, addressing the symptoms of the Ebola crisis rather than the underlying reasons. EPA/ Hannah McKay

Should you buy Band Aid 30?

It really doesn’t matter if you don’t like this song. It doesn’t matter if you hate the artists. What matters is that you buy the record. So said the Irish songwriter Bob Geldof last weekend, in anticipation…
Ms Aladmuddin’s husband, actor George Clooney, has publicly suggested that the Marbles be returned. EPA/ Alessandro Di Meo

Lawyers look at the Elgin Marbles, but stars keep them firmly in sight

Legal star power is being deployed in the form of the very well-known London barristers, Geoffrey Robertson QC and Amal Alamuddin, in Greece’s latest attempt to have the Elgin or Parthenon Marbles returned…
The literary laurels are no longer so lasting. Miguel Garcia Saavedra/Shutterstock

The Nobel limelight: literary fame wasn’t always so fleeting

Every October, some unsuspecting writer gets a phone call from the secretary of the Nobel Prize committee. And overnight, an averagely respected author is turned into a global literary celebrity. Quite…
Jennifer Lawrence was the victim of hacking. Ettienne Laurent/EPA

Three ways your personal photos are vulnerable to hackers

Recent reports of celebrities having nude or risqué photos of themselves leaked online highlights the serious risk of hackers getting access to our personal pictures. While many of us take inane and uninteresting…
Clare Balding and Frankie Dettori take the challenge. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ice bucket good, neknomination bad? It’s all just self-promotion

Now that every celebrity under the sun and every Facebook user has posted a video of themselves getting wet, it appears we have reached peak ice bucket. A trend that started as a drive to raise awareness…
US actor Robin Williams has been found dead aged 63 in his home in Marin County, California. AAP/ Tracey Nearmy

Robin Williams gave us a lifelong masterclass in comedy

American actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams has died today, aged 63. Barack Obama posted a statement about his death and noted, in a rather odd turn of phrase, that “he arrived in our lives as…
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Summer resort wear: from boaters to bikinis

This year’s summer resort wear collections have received lukewarm press, and have seen the whole idea of resort collections thrown into question. Writing in the New York Times, Vanessa Friedman described…

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