E-cigarette makers are racing to design and buy variations of a technology that has lit a billion-dollar boom, created a new vocabulary, and prompted a backlash from health officials worried about the impact of the new smokeless devices. Today’s graphic shows a surge in e-cigarette patents in recent years, especially in China, following the invention of the first device in China a decade ago.
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Women produce nearly half of the food grown in the developing world, yet women farmers receive only 5% of all agricultural extension services globally – including credit, training, marketing and research. A new infographic from Landesa is the first to document the wide range of benefits that flow from women’s land tenure security. The infographic (below) makes clear that women’s secure tenure can help us reach a number of our most critical sustainable development goals – from improved nutrition, education, and resiliency, to reduced domestic violence.
Japan’s economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in Q3 after the rise in the national sales tax in April, setting the stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay an unpopular sales hike planned for next year. Today’s graphic looks at wages, spending and GDP in the months before & after the tax hike.
Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes is in preliminary merger talks with its larger rival, Halliburton. Today’s graphic shows the top 20 oil and gas deals over the last 20 years.
Around 40 countries and over 20 states, regions or cities have either set up or are planning to set up emissions trading schemes or carbon taxes. Together, they account for more than 22% of global emissions. Today’s graphic maps out the countries that are putting a price on carbon.
A European probe that landed on a comet, in a first for space exploration, is resting on the surface despite technical problems. Today’s graphic shows the successful landings and impacts by spacecrafts on extraterrestrial bodies.
Beyond passive safety devices such as air bags and seat belts, car designers are pushing technology to help drivers and prevent road accidents. Today’s graphic shows how sensors, radar, LIDAR, cameras and other technologies in a car can cover potential risks and assist drivers.
On November 9th, 1989, thousands of East Germans flocked to border crossings in Berlin, and for the first time, crossed into West Berlin while border guards stood back and did nothing to stop them. The wall, which separated the city and its people for almost three decades, was breached. East and West Berliners pulled the wall down together. Today’s graphic includes a timeline of the events and a diagram of the border fortifications and escape routes.
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Today’s graphic is a look at some of the best and brightest among the 2014 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators and the world’s hotbeds of innovation. All rankings—listed in alphabetical order—are based on an overall score including patent volume, success, globalization and impact metrics. The number of inventions alone does not determine the final rankings.
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