Smith Journal · A quarterly, Australia-based publication that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.

Astronomical news

Tuesday December 27, 2011

Kepler 22b – okay, it's not the catchiest name, but NASA scientists are calling its discovery in 2011 "a major milestone on the road to finding Earth's twin".

Standing room only

Tuesday December 27, 2011

A new Melbourne espresso bar is making coffee the old world Italian way (the 'traditional way' or 'no way'). 

Making a point

Monday December 26, 2011

These pencil sets by Paper Pastries make some rather compelling points.

Pedal power

Sunday December 25, 2011

Former Talking Heads singer and generally interesting chap David Byrne's latest project is an interactive art piece / one epic pedal board.

Double Denim

Saturday December 24, 2011

Imogene + Willie cut, stitch and sell their jeans in a former gas station in Nashville's 12 South district.

In good time

Friday December 23, 2011

Dayman Steptoe's remarkable video of the remote Australian countryside took him one year to collate, but it'll take you just minutes to watch.

Moonlight Cinema (ticket giveaway)

Friday December 23, 2011

The Australian summer: a time of endless sun, impromptu barbeques, long days spent pretending to care about cricket and balmy evenings spent watching movies in the park.

Quiet please

Thursday December 22, 2011

A small library and reading room on the outskirts of Beijing provides a serene contrast to the busy city. 

Battle Sangas

Thursday December 22, 2011

The US Army has just come up with a way to increase the life expectancy of a sandwich 2000-fold.

It really is a wonderful world

Wednesday December 21, 2011

At this time of year it's important to pause, take stock, and cry like a little baby when you watch this clip narrated by Sir David Attenborough.