Professors, designers and artists Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder have lived for ten days in an unusual art installation piece titled, 'In Orbit'. The performance art piece saw the duo live for a week and a half in a human hamster wheel. The wheel was designed complete with beds, desks, a kitchen and bathroom, and a chair for relaxing.
A pair or warships ordered by Russia have left France to take part in a sea trial. The Vladivostok warship – a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel (pictured) is one of the two crafts produced by France under instruction from Russia. The warship was built at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, and has left for its first trial at sea.
Diplomats from the United Nations are preparing to hammer out the details of a peacekeeping plan for the Central African Republic. Muslims from CAR have been forced out of many towns and cities and into refugee camps by Christian militias, prompting the UN to explore measures to restore order.
Germany company GEKA has been appointed to destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons last August, and disposal is scheduled to be completed by June this year. GEKA is federally-funded and its sole function is the destruction of chemical weapons from military arsenals.
Members of the press have been treated to a sneak preview of a major new exhibition in London. Held at the British Museum, the show ‘Vikings, Life and Legend’, is the first Viking exhibition at the venue for more than 30 years. It brings together numerous archaeological finds never before seen in the UK, documenting the history of the North Men.
Catholic devotees in the Philippine capital, Manila, have lit candles in churches and received blessings from nuns as the country marks Ash Wednesday – the official beginning of the Christian Lenten season. More than 80 percent of the 100 million Philippine population is Catholic, making it the bastion of the religion in Asia.
The National People’s Congress has begun in China, with nearly 3,000 members from across the vast country arriving in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for the nine-day assembly. The NPC meets every spring to discuss and approve legislation, as well as carry out a variety of other duties. On the opening day, Premier Li Keqiang gave the annual work report, amid a media scrum to document what has become a colourful spectacle, and one of the most important dates in China’s political calendar.
US secretary of state John Kerry had made a visit to Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev, for talks with the country’s new interim government amid the escalating crisis in the Crimea. Kerry spoke with religious leaders at the Shrine of the Fallen – dedicated to anti-government protesters who have died since demonstrations began in Kiev a few weeks ago.
The largest solar thermal power-tower system in the world has opened in the Mojave Desert in California. Owned by NRG Energy, Google, and BrighSource Energy, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is being used to power more than 140,000 Californian homes. The system uses 347,000 computer-controlled mirrors to focus sunlight onto boilers on top of three 459-foot towers, where water is heated to produce steam to power turbines.
South African athletics star Oscar Pistorius attended Pretoria’s High Court for the opening day of his murder trial. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and is set to answer accusations that he wilfully shot her dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home. Parts of the trial are scheduled to be televised, and the paralympian faces a life sentence if convicted.
The Venezuelan national guard has fired tear gas at protesters during an anti-government demonstration in Caracas. The clashes have increased tensions in the already strained country, which is buckling under one of the highest inflation rates in the world. Protests by those opposing the government have all but paralysed business in much of the country.