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A place like home? – Graphic of the day

A planet believed to be remarkably similar to Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star, bolstering hopes of finding life elsewhere in the universe. Today’s graphic compares the newly discovered planet (Kepler-452b) to Earth.

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Apple results – graphic of the day

Apple shares dropped today due to missed targets for iPhone sales and fourth-quarter revenue forecast falling short of estimates. Today’s graphic highlights Apple’s quarterly results in three different charts.

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China’s corporate debt mountain – Graphic of the day

The world’s biggest corporate debt pile – $16.1 trillion and rising – is a growing threat to China’s slowing economy. Corporate China’s debts, at 160% of GDP, are twice that of the United States, having sharply deteriorated in the past five years. Today’s graphic is based on a Thomson Reuters study of over 1,400 companies showing China’s rising corporate debt mountain.

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The Solar System’s planets – Graphic of the day

The first fly-by of Pluto was carried out by NASA’s New Horizons. The mission is helping scientists answer questions previously unknown, such as the diameter of the dwarf planet, which is larger than previously thought. Today’s graphic diagrams the diameter, distance from sun, and chronology of firsts of the “eight planets and Pluto”.

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Pluto up close – Graphic of the day

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sailed past Pluto in the distant reaches of the solar system, capping a journey of 3 billion miles that began nine and a half years ago. Today’s graphic diagrams New Horizons’ instruments and the mission to capture high-resolution images of Pluto.

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China’s outbound M&A in the U.S. – Graphic of the day

China’s state-backed Tsinghua is preparing a $23 billion bid for U.S. memory chip maker Micron Technology, in what would be the largest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company. Chinese companies have spent close to $50 billion on U.S. acquisitions over the last few decades. Today’s graphic documents the increase in those types of deals.

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BRICS economic overview – Graphic of the day

Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa finally launched the group’s largest initiatives to date — a development bank and a currency pool. Today’s graphic is an economic overview of the BRICS economies, including charts comparing GDP, real effective exchange rate, interest and inflation rates.

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Immigrants in the U.S. – Graphic of the day

More than 41 million immigrants, most of them legal resident, lived in the U.S. in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Pew Research Center. Today’s graphic shows the foreign-born population as a percentage of the total population by county in the United States.

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Struggling commodity markets – Graphic of the day

Market turmoil in Europe and China are weighing on commodity markets, which are already suffering from oversupply. Gold, a traditional investor safe-haven in times of uncertainty, has remained more stable than other commodities recently. Today’s graphic tracks four struggling commodity stocks.

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Just a second – Graphic of the day

A “leap second” is being added to the world’s clocks at midnight GMT, which could test the extremely sensitive trading systems of the modern algorithmic era. Beginning in Asia, financial markets around with world will open on Wednesday with a tinge of apprehension. Today’s graphic explains why the added second is needed to allow the Earth’s rotation to synchronize with atomic clocks.

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