Tomorrow’s cover, today: This week we look at the sex business—and the way that technology is making it more like a normal service industry. In our briefing we dissect the data on the prices and services of 190,000 prostitutes around the world. That inevitably involves some fairly explicit charts which not all readers will appreciate. In our cover leader we argue that the internet is making the buying and selling of sex easier and safer—and governments should stop trying to ban it.

Tomorrow’s cover, today: This week we look at the sex business—and the way that technology is making it more like a normal service industry. In our briefing we dissect the data on the prices and services of 190,000 prostitutes around the world. That inevitably involves some fairly explicit charts which not all readers will appreciate. In our cover leader we argue that the internet is making the buying and selling of sex easier and safer—and governments should stop trying to ban it.

The Mars and Venus question: new research suggests that differences between men and women’s brains may be down to social development rather than gender stereotypes

The Mars and Venus question: new research suggests that differences between men and women’s brains may be down to social development rather than gender stereotypes

Passing the baton: Colombia overtakes Peru to become the region’s fastest-growing big economy

Passing the baton: Colombia overtakes Peru to become the region’s fastest-growing big economy

This is going to hurt: The cost of Vladimir Putin’s gamble in Ukraine is going up, but he shows no sign of changing course

This is going to hurt: The cost of Vladimir Putin’s gamble in Ukraine is going up, but he shows no sign of changing course

The next great disruption: We interview Barack Obama about his plans for America’s relationship with Africa

The next great disruption: We interview Barack Obama about his plans for America’s relationship with Africa

In foreign fields: How Britain’s former dominions remember the war that propelled them to independence

In foreign fields: How Britain’s former dominions remember the war that propelled them to independence

The usual suspects: Latin American countries are the most likely to default

The usual suspects: Latin American countries are the most likely to default

My ears are deaf, and yet I seem to hear
Sweet nature’s music and the songs of man,
For I have learned from Fancy’s artisan
How written words can thrill the inner ear
Just as they move the heart, and so for me
They also seem to ring out loud and free.

Robert Panara, poet and pioneer of deaf studies, died on July 20th aged 94

Kal’s cartoon: this week, on Israel and the US

Kal’s cartoon: this week, on Israel and the US

Israel and the worldThe pummelling of Gaza has cost Israel sympathy not just in Europe, but also among Americans. Israelis are debating how to respond

Tomorrow’s cover, today: Israel is winning the battle in Gaza, but it is losing the war for world opinion and long-term security. Public opinion in Europe and emerging countries is hostile to Israel and even in America only a quarter of young people support it. As our cover leader argues, that matters, not just because Israel is an open trading nation that depends on America for its security, but also because some of the foreign criticism—especially on its current approach to peace negotiations—is right.

Tomorrow’s cover, today: Israel is winning the battle in Gaza, but it is losing the war for world opinion and long-term security. Public opinion in Europe and emerging countries is hostile to Israel and even in America only a quarter of young people support it. As our cover leader argues, that matters, not just because Israel is an open trading nation that depends on America for its security, but also because some of the foreign criticism—especially on its current approach to peace negotiations—is right.

Daily chart: The current ebola outbreak is the worst on record. So far this year there have been 1,201 confirmed, suspected or probable cases of the disease in west Africa, while over 670 people have died. 

Daily chart: The current ebola outbreak is the worst on record. So far this year there have been 1,201 confirmed, suspected or probable cases of the disease in west Africa, while over 670 people have died

Messi v the Machines: A look at the RoboCup in Brazil where robots show their football skills and push the boundaries of artificial intelligence. Their goal is to produce a team of robots that is capable of defeating the World Cup champions by 2050

Remembrance: A chart of the first world war’s casualties on the centenary of the outbreak

Remembrance: A chart of the first world war’s casualties on the centenary of the outbreak

Battle scars: see how the first world war changed the shape of Europe with our interactive map

Battle scars: see how the first world war changed the shape of Europe with our interactive map