Yesterday Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, a faster, slimmer version of its predecessor with other modest improvements. Today’s graphic compares the new iPad to four of its major competitors on the market.
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The countries worst affected by the Ebola outbreak could suffer severe economic consequences. Based on estimates from the World Bank, together they could lose more than $800 million in GDP in 2015 if the outbreak is not contained quickly. Those three countries are already some of the poorest in the world. Today’s graphic looks at the economic impact of the Ebola epidemic on Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Privatization is a key part of China’s push to revamp an unpopular national healthcare system, plagued by crowded hospitals, corruption and simmering tension between patients and staff. Spurred by government policies and soaring demand for healthcare, private care is growing fast, as seen in today’s graphic below.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) expects China’s total water usage to reach 818 billion cubic meters in 2030. The Chinese government, on the other hand, is aiming to cap the country’s annual water consumption at 700 billion cubic meters in 2030. Today’s graphic tracks China’s national water usage since 2000.
Standard & Poor lowered Finland’s long-term ratings to AA+ on Friday, on weak economic growth. S&P also revised France’s outlook to negative in light of a deteriorating budgetary situation and difficulties pushing through reforms. Today’s graphic lists the long-term sovereign debt ratings for some of the world’s major economies.
Over $740 million has been committed or pledged to an appeal by the United Nations and its partners in aid of the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Today’s graphic looks at the contributors, recipients and responding agencies involved with Ebola aid funding.
Big agriculture companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on technologies to help farmers grow more at a lower cost. But as the race for dominance on the farm heats up, a number of small tech startups are launching competing products. Data gathered by sensor-packed farming machinery and deep pools of weather, seed and soil information will help farmers of the future grow bigger crops more efficiently. Today’s graphic looks at the future of farming and big data.
Friday’s U.S. non-farm payrolls fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates by mid-2015, leading the dollar to its 12th straight week of gains, the longest weekly winning streak in more than 40 years. However, the dollar index dropped 1.1% yesterday, posting its biggest fall by percentage since July 2013. Today’s graphic shows the U.S. dollar index’s consecutive weekly gains and losses.
The Ebola virus has killed more than 3,400 people since it began and has now begun spreading faster, infecting almost 7,500 people so far. Today’s graphic looks at how the Ebola virus compares with other contagious viruses. The reproduction rate or R0, calculates the number of people likely to be infected by one person who has a disease.
Today’s graphic shows the total number of Nobel Prize laureates awarded from 1901 to 2013 by country of origin. See at a glance how the work of this year’s Citation Laureates has already transformed our everyday lives, or is expected to in the near future.