April 2013

Speaking in Tongues

There is an increasingly high demand for workers who are able to communicate in languages other than their native one. But for every student learning Chinese, English or Spanish, ever more of the world’s more exotic languages are endangered. We wonder: What percentage of the world’s living languages is in imminent danger of becoming extinct?

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Global Defense Spending Goes South

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), one of the world’s preeminent think tanks for research and analysis relating to armed conflicts and military spending, recently published its annual report on global military expenditures. We wonder: Which of the following is true?

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Human Development Kings

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about focusing less on GDP growth as the primary indicator for measuring human progress. The most comprehensive way of looking beyond sheer income trends is the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI). We wonder: Which nation has made the second-biggest gain in human development, as measured by its HDI score, since 1990?

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