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Flights that ferry us the farthest THIS is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard Economist flight DEC20 to London. Today's in-flight entertainment is an infographic of the longest commercial flights—“ultra long-haul” routes that last more than 12 hours. Show More Summary
A global boom in museums is under way MUSEUMS are enjoying a new golden age. There are at least 55,000 museums across the world, more than double the number 20 years ago. And new ones are being built every day, especially in China, where more than 450 were opened last year. Show More Summary
A creeping ascent The year in nine charts THE world economy continued to recover from the financial crisis in 2013, albeit wanly. This year's assessment of global economics in nine charts is here.
The fastest things on Earth SANTA'S work schedule is short but intense. To deliver gifts to all the world's 2.1 billion children on a single day he has to travel at 4,680,000 miles per hour, or around Mach 6,000. Never mind that at that speed the reindeer would be ripped apart by centrifugal forces. Show More Summary
The global rivalry of bean versus leaf EXACTLY 240 years ago today, uppity colonists barely disguised as Mohawk Indians defied the crown and ruined the private property of English merchants by dumping 342 chests of perfectly good tea into Boston harbour. Show More Summary
Where countries prohibit homosexuality IT HAS been a bad week for gay rights. An Australian court struck down a recent state law allowing same-sex marriage. In India the Supreme Court upheld an 1860 law that criminalises homosexual acts, overruling a 2009 judgment by a lower court. Show More Summary
How fare “The Economist poll of forecasters”? FOR decades The Economist has surveyed experts on indicators like GDP and consumer prices, asking them to predict the figures a year ahead. We’ve plotted the past year’s monthly “poll of forecasters” to see the variance and harmony. Show More Summary
American homeowners are finally returning to positive equity THE calamitous financial situation of "negative equity" is when the mortgage on your house dwarves the value of the house itself. That has been the situation of American homeowners in aggregate since late 2007, according to "flow of funds" data from the US Federal Reserve. Show More Summary
The Nobel Peace Prize needs to rethink what it rewards TODAY the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place in Oslo, honouring the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Ridding the world of poison is unobjectionable. But reasonable people can object about the selection. Show More Summary
The high rate of suicide in Asia SUICIDE is sometimes dismissed as a curse of insecure youth or a regrettable answer to middle-aged worries. But across the OECD, the rate is highest among the elderly. In parts of Asia, it amounts to a crisis. Show More Summary
South African inequality over the lifetime of Nelson Mandela ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA (later Madiba to his countrymen, Nelson to the wider world) was born into a British-ruled South Africa in 1918. The Natives Land Act—passed just five years previously—was already enforcing mass segregation. Show More Summary
Where listed companies get their sales
How different countries’ students measure up TEST scores are not everything. But they do signal something. By this measure (taken by testing 15 year olds on basic academic skills) industrious Asians have maintained their lead over Americans...Show More Summary
A round-up of the year’s most popular infographics The 2013 Daily Chart Advent Calendar Click here for the 2013 Daily chart Advent calendar, a collection of the 24 most popular maps, charts, data visualisations and interactive features published on our site over the last 12 months. Season’s greetings from everyone at The Economist.
Grocery shopping is finally going online WHEN Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt visited London this week, he gushed that Britain led the world in many online trends. His audience at Chatham House, a fancy foreign policy club, seemed taken by surprise. Show More Summary
How the Thanksgiving Day plate varies across America TODAY Americans will gorge themselves silly in celebration of Thanksgiving. Though each on average will ingest some 3,000 calories at dinner, the plates around the country—brimming with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and pies—will actually look quite different. Show More Summary
How America’s military spending stacks up
How pensioners pay their way THE way that old people live without throwing national budgets into crisis is a critical question. Though they are often depicted as depending on the public purse, such tax-financed transfers make up less than 60% of their gross incomes on average in the OECD. Show More Summary
Click here for link to article FIFTY years ago this week President John Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, a Castro-supporting communist who had learned to shoot straight while in the US Marines. Half a century later, 61% of Americans believe in a conspiracy. Amazingly, this is the lowest level since the late 1960s. See more here.