Planeteer: Kinshasa’s traffic robots, China’s new city & manta rays in Indonesia

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare. Image by Rô Silva / CC BY 2.0

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London’s Olympic pools open to public
The London Aquatics Centre opens to the public on Saturday. The building, in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Park, hosted the London Olympics’ swimming events, and has two 50m pools, a 25m diving pool and a ‘dry’ diving zone with a trampoline and harnesses. A visit to the pool costs £3.50. Read more:

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare. Image by Rô Silva / CC BY 2.0

Drive the Wild Atlantic
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way has been formally launched. The 2500km driving route runs between the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal and Kinsale in County Cork, connecting the many attractions of Ireland’s dramatic Atlantic Coast. It passes through nine counties and features almost 4000 road signs to both guide drivers and fill them in on ‘Discovery Points’. Read more:

Plans to blend olive oil met with disbelief in Greece
A government-funded study in Greece has proposed blending olive oil with cheap vegetable oils as part of a wider efficiency drive, and in an effort to modernize the country’s struggling economy. Olive producers have reacted with disbelief and anger, worried that this would spoil their signature product and competitive advantage. Greece is the world’s third largest olive oil producer (after Spain and Italy) and it consumes more olive oil per capita than any other nation. Read more:

Andrei Rublev Museum ends Kyiv exhibition prematurely
Russia’s Andrei Rublev Museum has announced that the exhibition ‘Masterpieces of Ancient Russian Art’ in Kyiv’s St Sophia’s Cathedral will end ahead of schedule, and the museum’s icons will be returned to Russia. The decision is most likely due to the recent unrest in Kyiv, during which the History Museum was looted. Read more:

Paris Fashion Week kicks off
The autumn/winter version of Fashion Week has kicked off in Paris this week. The first big anticipated show was by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten where celebrity guests included Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Dries Van Noten will be honoured with an exhibition at the fashion branch of the Louvre, the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, on Saturday. Read more:

Warmest winter on record for Austria
Austria has experienced some of the warmest winter temperatures on record for 250 years, according to data released by the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics. The highest temperature this winter got to 19.1


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