The Economist

Jan 18

Daily chart: what works on Kickstarter. 44% of Kickstarter projects launched last year managed to raise the money they requested. Games raised the most cash, but dance projects were most likely to reach their funding targets.

Daily chart: what works on Kickstarter. 44% of Kickstarter projects launched last year managed to raise the money they requested. Games raised the most cash, but dance projects were most likely to reach their funding targets.

KAL’s cartoon: this week, a leak.

KAL’s cartoon: this week, a leak.

This week’s cover: if Barack Obama wants to be remembered as a great president, he should focus on three long-term problems.

This week’s cover: if Barack Obama wants to be remembered as a great president, he should focus on three long-term problems.

Jan 15

Lenovo started humbly, holding early meetings in a guard shack. How did it become the world’s biggest computer company?

Lenovo started humbly, holding early meetings in a guard shack. How did it become the world’s biggest computer company?

Daily chart: the age of man. In 2011, the average person was just under 32. By the end of this century the average person will be a little over 42 and newborns can expect to live to 81.

Daily chart: the age of man. In 2011, the average person was just under 32. By the end of this century the average person will be a little over 42 and newborns can expect to live to 81.

Jan 14

“As of December 2011 just 51% of all American adults were married and 28% never had been, down from 72% and up from 15% in 1960.” — America’s out-of-wedlock birth rate is soaring. That has social and economic implications. Should governments encourage their citizens to marry?

The Air Quality Index measures pollution on a scale from 0-500, with anything above 300 listed as “hazardous”. On January 12th citizens of Beijing suffered a smoggy day that registered 755—quite literally off the charts.

The Air Quality Index measures pollution on a scale from 0-500, with anything above 300 listed as “hazardous”. On January 12th citizens of Beijing suffered a smoggy day that registered 755quite literally off the charts.

Jan 12

“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” — Information technology has changed daily life. So why does it seem to have had a less explosive impact on economic growth than inventions of decades past?

“Kivu is one of the world’s most explosive lakes. If its gases were suddenly released, the explosion could be “the biggest catastrophe humankind has experienced,” perhaps suffocating or incinerating the 2m people who live on the shore” — Rwanda’s KivuWatt project generates electricity from the methane and carbon dioxide stored in the lake. But if Western governments continue to withhold aid, which accounts for 40% of Rwanda’s budget, this and many other initiatives will grind to a halt.

Jan 11

Chips off the old block: tracking the location of a child or teenager has never been easier. That’s nice for parents, not for privacy.

Chips off the old block: tracking the location of a child or teenager has never been easier. That’s nice for parents, not for privacy.