China's economic rise seems unstoppable — and concerns among the “old” industrial powers about Chinese industry dominating the manufacturing sector are getting louder every day. Indeed, from very modest beginnings as recently as 1990, China now has attained the second-largest share of global manufacturing output. We wonder: Which major manufacturing nation suffered the biggest decline during China's rise?
Around the globe, over nine million people are currently in prisons. That is equal to the size of the population of Sweden or Bolivia. We wonder: Which country has the highest number of prisoners?
Worldwide, the 20th century brought a radical decrease in family size. According to estimates of the United Nations and the World Bank, which of the following countries had the greatest decline in the average number of children per woman between 1970 and 2005?
Women have served in an ever-expanding number of assignments in the U.S. military — first as nurses and clerks, and today as combat pilots and military police. We wonder: How many women have served in support of U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan?