Digital Digest: 20/09/2010

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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.