July 2016

Food Prices: Lowest Where?

The United States has long prided itself on being a low-price consumer paradise. From slogans like “everyday low prices” to mega-sized shopping malls, the country’s economy is focused on promoting consumption. Even international tourists often fly to the U.S. to go shopping. We wonder: In which of these countries are food prices the lowest?

A. United States
B. Germany
C. United Kingdom
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An Air Conditioned World

In cities with hotter climates, air conditioning units in every window are a sign of a rising middle class. But mounting temperatures have also made air conditioning in developing countries a necessity for urban survival. We wonder: Which of the following statements about the global rise of air conditioning are true?

A. India will soon see more air conditioners installed than any other country.
B. AC units add significant electricity demands.
C. Air conditioners can be made at least 25% more efficient.
D. Air conditioning coolants need to be replaced to slow global warming.
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The G7 in 2050

The G7 group of nations includes the United States, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy and Canada. It was originally set up to promote coordination of the global economy. With four of seven members, European nations have always been overrepresented in the G7. We wonder: Which European member of the G7 is the only one that will remain among the top ten economies in the world in 2050?

A. Italy
B. France
C. United Kingdom
D. Germany
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