Biomedical PhD student Meghan Betts (l.) and neurotechnology PhD student Andreas Thomik pose as they demonstrate a motion capture suit at the Strictly Science exhibition at Imperial College in London. Students at the university are using the motion capture suit to gather data about how movement is affected by age and disease. Olivia Harris/Reuters
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) jumps to avoid a hard sliding Los Angeles Angels' Howie Kendrick (47) as he breaks up the double-play attempt during the second inning of play in their interleague MLB baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. John Sommers II/Reuters
President Barack Obama (c.) smiles as he prepares to board Marine One to a Democratic fund raiser in San Francisco. In the background is the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
A North Korean soldier watches the South Korean side at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in South Korea. South Korea's defense minister said North Korea has moved a missile with 'considerable range' to its east coast, but said it is not capable of hitting the United States. Lee Jong-hoon/Yonhap/AP
A cleaner walks on an empty road connecting the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) with the South's Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ), just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul. North Korea barred entry to a joint industrial complex it shares with the South for a second day, Seoul's Unification Ministry said. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters
A protester, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and with the Bahraini flag behind him, participates in an anti-government protest in the village of Diraz, west of Manama, Bahrain. Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters
Palestinian students mourn as the bodies of Amer Nassar, 17, and Naji Belbisi, 18, are carried past them in the West Bank town of Tulkarm, April 4, 2013. Israeli troops shot the two Palestinian youths in the occupied West Bank, medical officials said, as confrontations entered a third day following the death of a prisoner in an Israeli jail. The Israeli army said troops fired on Palestinians who threw fire bombs after dark on Wednesday at a guard post. Darren Whiteside/Reuters
A Muslim man wears a t-shirt with picture of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi inside a mosque damaged during recent violence in the town of Minhla, north of Yangon April 4, 2013. Officially, 43 people died in the recent anti-Muslim violence, which erupted in Meikhtila town in the center of the country on March 20 and included the fire-bombing of mosques. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
People demonstrate outside a Burger King franchise on 116th street in New York. Hundreds of fast-food restaurant workers in New York City turned out for protests in what organizers said would be their largest rally yet for better pay. Employees from familiar chains such as McDonald's Corp , Burger King and Yum Inc's KFC are seeking to roughly double their hourly wage to $15. They also say they want the right to form a union without interference. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Red painted sculptures of Karl Marx, German philosopher and revolutionary socialist, by German artist Ottmar Hoerl, are lifted for transport in Trier, southwestern Germany. They are part of an installation that will be shown around Porta Nigra, a large Roman city gate, in Marx' birthplace,Trier, in May. Thomas Frey/dpa/AP
The new red panda at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium munches on food given to it by it's keeper in the new exhibit in Pittsburgh. This panda is native to the mountains of Nepal, Myanmar, and central China. Keith Srakocic/AP
A woman fills her pot with water after pulling it out from an almost dried well in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The country has been facing an acute water crisis with a large portion of the Nepalese population lacking access to safe and adequate drinking water, local media reported. Navesh Chitrakar /Reuters
Ferhat Savun, aged 11, works on his homework in his home in town of Cizre in Sirnak province, near the border with Syria, March 23, 2013. Umit Bektas/Reuters
For a visiting journalist, the country of today feel worlds away from the China she first encountered decades earlier.
ByAnn Scott Tyson
The ultra-sleek bullet train, floating on a magnetic cushion, accelerates as it leaves Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport for the megacity of 24 million people. Outside, a futuristic metropolis unfolds. Curved skyscrapers and raised freeways flash by until they blur. Inside the car, green digits above the doorway shoot upward: 200 kilometers per hour ... 300 ... 431.