The lure to climb Mount Everest began more than 150 years ago when British surveyors determined that the 29,028 peak was the highest in the world. Since 1922, 10,998 climbers have made it above base camp and 3,648 of them reached the summit of Everest. Today’s graphic shows a timeline of those that have climbed Everest, what season they’ve done it and the average number per year.
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Spain’s top seven listed lenders relied heavily on trading gains in 2013 to make up for falling net interest income. The banks have sold lots of their government bonds ahead of Europe-wide health checks of their assets this year, leading analysts to believe trading gains are likely to fall in 2014. Today’s graphic breaks down banking income for Spain’s top seven banks.
World prices for refined beet and cane sugar have tumbled in recent years to huge excesses. Mexico’s domestic prices climbed above U.S. levels in the past two years, but average prices across the continent are above those elsewhere in the world. Today’s graphic tracks reined sugar prices and gives a snapshot of the U.S. sugar market.
Heartbleed refers to the unauthorized bleeding of information via a web encryption program known as OpenSSL, used in about two-thirds of all websites and many other technology programs. The hacks would take place during a “heartbeet” session, when a server and a computer send data back and forth to check if the other party is online. Today’s graphic diagrams how hackers took advantage of the Heartbleed security bug.
Today’s graphic shows the best and worst first day share price performance of IPOs so far in 2014. Topping the list is Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, which opened up 206.7%, while the worst performer was King Digital Entertainment.
Taxes on wages rose across industrialized countries last year, as governments sought to reduce budget deficits increased by attempts to counteract years of economic weakness following the global financial crisis. According to the OECD, the total world taxes on wages rose to 35.9% in 2013 from 35.7% a year earlier. Today’s graphic shows the tax wedge and unemployment rate of the OECD countries.
Analysts from our IP & Science business conducted an in-depth study of the G20 nations to compare the research and innovation landscape of each. Their work revealed that the power is shifting, as emerging nations enhance their science, education and technology policies. This map shows changes that occurred over the last decade giving rise to new opportunities and potential in the future.
Read the full report, The Research and Innovation Performance of the G20, or download the infographic.
Chinese drivers are increasing in number, and foreign auto companies have cruised away with most of the sales. But access to the world’s largest auto market has come with a big financial concession: joint ventures with local partners. Today’s graphic shows the biggest foreign carmakers and their local Chinese partners. Read more about why these joint ventures aren’t built to last.
Today’s graphic visualizes data breaches by sector. See which sector has had the largest number of cases reported since 2005 and follow the the color to the bottom to see what type of breach it was.