Digital Digest: 18/04/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 18 April 2011
A cheesy tribute
With companies across this green and pleasant land desperately trying to outdo each other to make the best (worst) Royal wedding tat, pizza-delivery company, Papa John's, might have stolen the crown. It asked its "food artists" to make this charming Wills 'n' Kate pizza, complete with ham and mushroom faces.
A mine's deadly legacy
Between 1984 and 2010, the Hobet coal mine in West Virginia slowly destroyed the mountain on which it was built. The website Good used satellite imagery from Nasa to document the growth and sprawl of the mine, showing its footprint in a hellish mixture of rivers of toxic sludge and clouds of carbon dioxide.
Will Noma be toppled?
Tonight sees the winners announced in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards and the foodie establishment will descent upon the Guildhall to celebrate. With Ferran Adrià's El Bulli now closed, will René Redzepi's Noma retain its No1 slot? Or will former champ Heston Blumenthal manage to cook his way back to the top? Watch live here:
Carry on screaming
The second and third instalments may have been rubbished by critics, but that hasn't stopped Wes Craven filming a fourth part to the Scream series. Ghostface returns, along with a host of familiar characters and a new batch of young stars including Kristen Bell and Alison Brie.
The Museum of London is currently hosting an exhibition of hand-drawn maps, created by different artists seeking to convey what life in the capital means to them. Condé Nast Traveller features a selection, with takes including: "Selected Loos of London" and Brixton imagined as a tree.
Justin Vernon, of Bon Iver, has hinted that he is going to take a new musical direction for his as-yet-untitled second album, expected to be released in June. Despite the project being shrouded in mystery, the Kanye West collaborator has posted a video on his website featuring 50 seconds of music and a painting.
The science of squirming
Why do other people's awkward moments make us squirm? Previously, little research had been conducted on "vicarious embarrassment", but a new study, highlighted by Jezebel, has found that watching other people make fools of themselves triggers the part of the brain where we process pain.
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?
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
'Long Live the Nazis' spaghetti dish sold in Taiwan renamed after backlash
Common antibiotic linked to increased risk of heart disease
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Kajieme Powell: Missouri police release video footage of second man killed by officers
- 4 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
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