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The inauguration of Donald Trump

2 days agoNews : Daily Chart

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.

The oceans’ UFOs pose new risks for professional sailors

3 days agoNews : Daily Chart

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 abortion rate in America falls to its lowest level since Roe v Wade

4 days agoNews : Daily Chart

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.

Toxic emissions from cars may be several times higher than the legal limit

5 days agoNews : Daily Chart

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.

China powers ahead with a new direct-current infrastructure

5 days agoNews : Daily Chart

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).

The curious case of high blood pressure around the world

last weekNews : Daily Chart

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.

Human and pet health-cost trends are strikingly similar

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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...

Evaluating America’s “stand-your-ground” laws

last weekNews : Daily Chart

WITH the stroke of his pen in 2005, Jeb Bush, then governor of Florida, ignited America’s enthusiasm for “stand-your-ground” laws.

Can tuna prices predict Japan’s GDP growth?

last weekNews : Daily Chart

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.

Singing the praises of a musical at the Golden Globes

last weekNews : Daily Chart

“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.

Pausing for thought over arms sales

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

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.

Remittances to Mexico spike in anticipation of Donald Trump’s wall

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

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.

Why China’s air pollution is on the rise again

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

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.

Congress abandons effort to kill ethics office

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

“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.

What counts as success for “Super Mario Run”

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

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.

The market for unwanted gift vouchers

3 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

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 electoral college and the popular vote

3 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

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.

Misleading maps and problematic projections

3 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

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.

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