An aerial shot of Riyadh’s skyline.

Saudi Arabia will host the 2030 World Expo (and incidentally, World Expos are still a thing)

The Saudi kingdom has allocated $7.8B+ to host the global event and (they hope) to soften the nation’s global image.

Ben Berkley • November 30, 2023
An oil painting by English painter Samuel Scott depicts a British vessel attacking a large Spanish galleon. The force of the gunfire seems to blow the Spanish vessel apart in a cloud of smoke and flames, reflected on the water.

A ‘finders keepers’ fight except it’s over $20B in sunken treasure

Things have escalated in the decades-long battle of a shipwreck’s treasure — but complications keep mounting.

Ben Berkley • November 9, 2023
An overhead view of a shrouded figure in a dark room typing on a laptop computer.

The world was already horrifying — technology is making it more so

From cyberattacks to crypto-funded terror, technology has amplified the devastation in Israel.

Ben Berkley • October 11, 2023

Meta vs. Canada is a long pattern of dismantling news

Meta’s ban on Canadian news is part of a larger pattern of upending and preventing access to information.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 24, 2023

Neom’s got a trillion problems but $1T ain’t one

A utopian city rises in the Saudi desert — theoretically, at least.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 2, 2023

7-Eleven in Japan dials convenience up to… well, eleven.

Masatoshi Ito, who helped grow Japan’s 7-Eleven empire, has died at 98.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 16, 2023

The drama around India’s richest man

From rich list to hit list.

Jacob Cohen • January 31, 2023

Is India Apple’s next frontier?

It sure is looking like it.

Jacob Cohen • January 24, 2023

China’s economy slowed down in 2022

Population decline, housing problems, covid, and more.

Jacob Cohen • January 19, 2023

Why foreigners can’t buy Canadian homes

Canada, in an effort to curb the housing shortage, is banning foreign investors from buying for two years.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 5, 2023

Tech winter is dire for immigrant visa holders

Tech companies use H-1B visas to hire skilled workers from overseas. But now they’re laying them off.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 9, 2022

What to know about the Taiwan chip situation

The world put all its chips in one basket — now it’s trying to decentralize.

Jacob Cohen • October 25, 2022

Truss’ resignation is all about the economy

And lettuce, apparently.

Jacob Cohen • October 21, 2022

Buying bread? You’re gonna need more dough

Breadflation is surging across the globe.

Rob Litterst • October 21, 2022

What the heck is a golden passport?

The ultra-wealthy are paying big bucks for the right to travel freely throughout Europe.

Rob Litterst • October 4, 2022

Iran’s internet blackouts, explained

Amid widespread and deadly protest, Iranians have limited internet access.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 27, 2022

Digits: Plasma, funerals, and Hallmark

Plus: Funeral homes and AI surveillance art.

Jacob Cohen • September 26, 2022

Digits: Solar sheep, a PornHub ban, and more

Plus: India’s electric boom, cheap pheromones, and Saudi tourism.

Jacob Cohen • September 6, 2022

India’s new ecommerce system, explained

India’s Open Network for Digital Commerce could make ecommerce easier for smaller sellers. Would it work elsewhere?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 7, 2022

AC sales are heating up in Europe

Europeans typically haven’t embraced at-home AC like Americans have. But now it’s really hot.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 29, 2022

The robot workforce is coming

Labor shortages and other factors are pushing countries to adopt automation.

Rob Litterst • July 8, 2022

Latin music is taking over the world

“Despacito” helped bring Latin music to a wider audience, and new artists are taking the genre to new heights.

Rob Litterst • June 27, 2022

What’s happening in China?

Usually a source of growth, China dragged brands down in Q1.

Jacob Cohen • May 26, 2022

Digits: Tom Cruise, military baby food, Uber prices

Plus: Apple’s wild repair program, and one helluva expensive Mercedes.

Jacob Cohen • May 23, 2022

So long, Bolshoi Mak

After suspending Russian operations in March, McDonald’s has decided to sell off and “de-Arch” its 800+ stores.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 17, 2022

Why many remote jobs are moving abroad

A mismatch between tech job demand and visa supply is forcing many American tech jobs abroad.

Rob Litterst • May 11, 2022

Backing out of Russia is costing oil companies billions

Some of oil’s biggest players are paying the price for backing out of Russia.

Rob Litterst • May 9, 2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine is causing ripples in the world of online chess

A government ban has made it harder for Russian players to play on

Rob Litterst • May 6, 2022

Digits: Emoji news, overdue books, avocado mayhem, and more

Plus: Remote worker stats, and China’s livestream caps.

Jacob Cohen • April 4, 2022

Asian languages are on the rise. One reason: cartoons

Pop culture is leading younger generations to study Asian languages.

Rob Litterst • April 4, 2022

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