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WELCOMED by some, dreaded by others, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States has arrived. This is the 58th official inauguration, one of the world’s oldest ceremonies for passing the baton to a new head of state, and one with a rich tradition.
GETTING to the finish line of Vendée Globe has always been hard. The planet’s only non-stop solo round-the-world sailing race—known as the “Everest of the seas”—can take months to complete, and is considered a gruelling test of mental and physical endurance.
THE culture wars that have inflamed American politics since the 1990s are set to continue under the incoming president, Donald Trump. Mr Trump has indicated he will name pro-life candidates to vacant seats on the Supreme Court.
CARMAKERS are again in regulators’ headlights over emissions, on both sides of the Atlantic. On January 13th French prosecutors announced they were investigating Renault for “suspected cheating” on diesel emissions.
RENEWABLE energy is often generated in places far from the cities and industrial centres that consume it. To boost renewables and drive down carbon-dioxide emissions, a way must be found to send energy over long distances efficiently. The technology already exists. Most electricity is transmitted today as alternating current (AC).
ONE in eight deaths worldwide is due to high blood pressure. The condition is the main risk factor for heart and kidney disease, and it greatly increases the chances of a stroke. A new study published in the Lancet, a medical journal, shows how common it is—and challenges some received wisdoms.
WHY do Americans spend so much on health care? Two common explanations are government meddling and tangled incentives, but a new study by economists Liran Einav, Amy Finklestein and Atul Gupta finds that reality may be more complica...
WITH the stroke of his pen in 2005, Jeb Bush, then governor of Florida, ignited America’s enthusiasm for “stand-your-ground” laws.
KIYOSHI KIMURA does not like to lose. For the past six years, he has outbid all comers for the first tuna of the year sold by Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market. The crown does not come cheaply.
“LA LA LAND” danced off with an unprecedented seven awards at the Golden Globes on January 8th, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Actress. The feel-good romance, set in Los Angeles, succeeds both as a modern musical and as an affectionate tribute to Hollywood’s Fred ‘n’ Ginger-style classics.
IN DECEMBER America’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) published its annual study on arms sales worldwide. Deals with developing countries have accounted for about four-fifths of all “arms-transfer agreements” for many years. In 2015 such transactions made up $65bn of the $80bn arms deals done globally.
DONALD TRUMP’S signature campaign promise was to build a “big beautiful wall” along America’s southern border to keep out undocumented immigrants. The chief source of funding, he reckons, will be a one-time payment of $5bn-10bn from Mexico.
OVER the past month, successive waves of thick smog have blanketed northern and central China. With visibility severely reduced, authorities have cancelled flights, shut highways and imposed emergency factory closures. Air quality usually deteriorates during the winter when demand for heating soars and coal-fired power plants rev up.
“WE HAVE come here to drain the swamp,” declared Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, in March 2008. The occasion was the launch of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), a body intended to restore faith and credibility in Congress after a series of scandals.
WHEN it was finally released on December 15th, “Super Mario Run” quickly became the most downloaded free game in Apple’s app stores in 138 countries. At last count well over 50m people had downloaded it. In contrast, all Super Mario titles released over the past three decades have together sold some 558m copies.
CHRISTMAS shopping is hard. You never really know what others want. If Homo economicus had his way, Christmas presents, to the extent that they would exist, would only come in the form of cash—thus allowing recipients to buy exactly what they desire.
AMERICA’S presidential election on November 8th shone a light on a quirk of its electoral system: the use of the electoral college rather than the popular vote to decide the winner. Donald Trump won by accumulating more electoral-college votes (EVs) than Hillary Clinton. Yet 2.9m more people voted for Mrs Clinton than for Mr Trump.
MAPS commonly used in schools rely heavily on a contorted version of the world from an earlier age in history. The map most widely adopted for educating youngsters was created by Gerardus Mercator, a Flemish geographer and cartographer, in 1569.