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Heavy launcher rockets – Graphic of the day

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.

india space

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2014 State of Innovation in India – Graphic of the day

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.

india Innovation

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Oil train boom – Graphic of the day

Amid a shale-drilling boom that has overwhelmed the nation’s pipeline network, oil-train traffic has surged at least 42-fold since 2009, and 415,000 railcar loads of oil plied the nation’s tracks last year. Today’s graphic shows how the number of rail loading and unloading terminals have ballooned in the last four years.

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Australian IPOs – Graphic of the day

Australia is set for a slowdown in initial public offerings in 2015 after a record activity this year, as a slump in commodities prices cool investor enthusiasm. Today’s graphic tracks IPO proceeds and number of issues since 2000, as well as the 2014 IPO market share breakdown.

Australia IPOs

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Higher tide, worldwide – Graphic of the day

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.

sea level

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The world’s largest ship – Graphic of the day

Designed to plough the trade route between Asia and Europe, China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) Globe is the first ship of its kind to transport as many goods in a single journey. Today’s graphic is a diagram of the world’s largest ship, a comparison to other (smaller) competitors and a timeline of its maiden voyage port calls.

China Shipping Container Lines

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Credit ratings – Graphic of the day

Earlier this week S&P lowered Italy’s long and short-term ratings to BBB- to reflect its weak GDP growth, and revised its outlook to stable from negative. S&P also raised Ireland’s credit ratings to A/A-1 with a stable outlook, saying the country’s growth prospects were solid. Today’s graphic lists the long-term sovereign debt ratings for some of the world’s major economies.

credit ratings

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Falling global dairy prices hit New Zealand farmers – Graphic of the day

As global dairy prices plummet due to falling demand from China and Russia, signs are emerging that supply in New Zealand is starting to slow following record-high prices and production from last season. Today’s graphic looks at the recent change in New Zealand dairy production, prices and exports.

dairy prices

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Top petitioning law firms – Graphic of the day

A Reuters examination of about 10,300 court records filed over a nine-year period shows that lawyers at a dozen law firms (below) have become extraordinarily adept at getting cases before the Supreme Court. These firms were involved in a third of the cases the high court accepted. When the justices agreed to hear cases brought on behalf of Big Business, top firms were involved 60% of the time. A slightly larger group – 31 firms – accounted for 44% of all cases the court accepted. Today’s graphic lists the top 12 law firms who petition the U.S. Supreme Court and some statistics on their cases.

Top petitioning law firms

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China’s real estate debt – Graphic of the day

Among 150 real estate companies listed in China, 32 companies have borrowings that would take more than 10 years to repay at their current pace of cash generation. Construction loans, which form a major part of the borrowed funds, are typically of 3 years tenor. Today’s graphic maps out the debt to EBITDA ratio for China’s real estate companies as well as the market cap of its top developers.

china real estate

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