The creation of supermassive black holes remains an open topic of research. However, many scientists have long believed the growth rate of black holes was limited. That is until they discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Today’s graphic diagrams how black holes form.
Record-breaking winter weather has put much of the U.S. Northeast in a deep freeze this month. Boston broke its own record last week for the snowiest February in the city’s history. Today’s graphic tracks the recent snowfall across the United States.
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Yesterday, India’s space agency successfully tested most powerful satellite launch vehicle in hopes that it can help win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry. Today’s graphic looks at how India’s new heavy launcher rocket compares to launchers from other countries.
Earlier this week, our IP & Science business launched its 2014 State of Innovation India report. This is the second consecutive year of the study, which is conducted by looking at patent activity to gain a clearer understanding of the innovation landscape in India. The study showcases twelve leading sectors and analyzes the innovation in each based on patent activity. This year, for the first time, the Computing & Control technology sector has drawn level with the Pharmaceuticals sector, with each taking 17% of the overall share of Indian Innovation. Today’s graphic gives a brief snapshot of the report, as well as the 2014 India Innovation Awards.
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Today’s graphic shows the results of a Reuters analysis of relative changes in sea level as measured by tidy gauges around the world. For its analysis, Reuters relied on thousands of annual gauge readings supplied by the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level, based in Liverpool, England.
To smooth year-to-year variations, reporters examined three-year rolling averages of tide-gauge readings over a 50-year period that started between 1958 and 1963 and ended between 2008 and 2013.
The gauges with the biggest increases were on the U.S. Gulf and East coasts and particularly in Southeast Asia. In both regions, the relatively large increases reflect the impact of subsidence, whereby long-term geologic forces, the extraction of groundwater and the weight of construction cause the land to sink.
Read more about why Britain is flirting with retreat from its battered shores and the entire Water’s Edge special report.
Our Intellectual Property & Science business recently released research outlining the patent landscape in China, and best practices for developing a strategic outlook on the emerging areas in the country’s portfolio. The new paper, Chinese Corporate Trends and Globalization for IP, aims to provide insight and understanding of China as an emerging global economy and how that growth is being driven by attempts to harness the tremendous potential of human and natural resources through innovation and the global IP system.
Intellectual Property is a central plank of China’s national strategy as it pushes to become an innovation-driven economy. Effective IP protection is also necessary for China to successfully continue on that journey. Although there is recognition at the national level of the importance of IP, this does not always translate down to the enterprise level. Major Chinese corporations are making strides in embracing and using IP as an integral part of their business strategy as they seek to drive revenue growth, gain market share and deliver cost benefits through the protection of innovative technology. But as data in this report shows, this is still the exception rather than the rule. (more…)