Digital Digest: 20/09/2010
The Best Of The Web
Monday 20 September 2010
Run by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition awards prizes across six categories from hundreds of entrants from around the world. This year's winners have just been announced and all of them are sensational. View them here:
The Papal visit has caused more than its fair share of controversy over the past few weeks. If you want to take a break from all those shouty headlines, you can flick through this gallery of moments from the Queen’s meeting with His Holiness on the official British Monarchy flickr stream.
The trailer for the second film by the director of the acclaimed The Lives of Others has been released. The new movie, The Tourist, stars Johnny Depp as an American trying to mend a broken heart in Venice. Instead he meets a British Angelina Jolie and gets caught up in her dangerous world. Watch it here:
The hip photographer Ryan McGinley has made a short, intimate film about two of America’s rising indie bands, Girls and Smith Westerns. Filmed at this year’s Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, McGingley captures the bands performing and relaxing backstage, all in his own unique style. You can see it here:
Imperial College London particle engineer Paul Luckham and fashion designer Manel Torres have been perfecting a new material that can be sprayed directly on to your body and built up in layers to create a garment of your desired thickness, to be washed and worn again like conventional fabrics.
It could be the final nail in the coffin for Foursquare, the social networking website which allows users to upload their current location and see who else is there, or has been there recently. This death knell comes from Facebook Places, essentially Foursquare within Facebook.
Why is it that goalkeepers often have more trouble stopping long-range shots than shots from up close? The answer is concerned with physics and the limits of human perception. Additionally, goalkeepers might not be prepared for the sharp swing that can sometimes occur at the end of a long-range shot.
Life & Style blogs
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
The Fappening: After the third wave of leaked celebrity photos, why can't we stop it?
Stoptober: How I stopped smoking for good
Wild ram head-butts drone out the sky, waits for pilot to turn up then head-butts him too
iOS 8: how to free up memory on your iPhone or iPad to install the update
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
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