The evolution of Chinese manufacturing, meme mania, American median net worth drops

-For the first time, China is No. 1 in a global Pew Research Center survey that asked which country is the leading economic power, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

The FT looks at how Chinese manufacturing is evolving.

-New data from the U.S. Federal Reserve shows that the net worth of the median American family in 2010 dropped to an early-’90s level.

-Research finds that stress levels in America are notably higher today than 25 years ago, reports USA Today.

The FT spotlights a “far-reaching new industrial revolution that is altering the global balance of power in goods production”: the revival of manufacturing in “high cost” nations.

-More wealthy Chinese are looking to take their money out of the country—and, increasingly, they’re investing it in American real estate, reports The FT.

The Economist examines “green growth”—the idea that economic development need not mean environmental degradation—a new mantra among businesspeople and policymakers.

-Major Chinese museums are opening up to art from across Europe, in part with the hope of showcasing more Chinese art abroad, according to The New York Times.

-Poor leadership is helping to slow growth in India, reports The Economist.

Agence France Presse reports that tourists are flooding into Myanmar, an influx the country isn’t yet equipped to handle.

The Economist takes a look at the boom in crowdfunding, noting that it’s no longer viewed as a short-term fad.

The Wall Street Journal looks at how entrepreneurs are drawing on “big data” to help solve “motorist scourges” including traffic and potholes.

Bloomberg takes a look at the rise in waste-to-energy initiatives in the U.K., with everything from fish heads to chicken fat being turned into electricity.

-Counterfeits, from pharmaceuticals to wine, are a growing and potentially dangerous problem, reports USA Today.

-The U.K.’s Food Standards Agency reports that Britons are pinching pennies by ignoring “use by” dates on food, says The Guardian.

The New York Times checks out five connected cars to assess the current approaches to in-car technology.

comScore reports that Latin America is the globe’s most “socially engaged” region, with nearly 100 percent of the Internet population visiting social sites each month.

-With allergies and gluten issues on the rise, more American restaurants are “catering to patrons with food sensitivities,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

USA Today takes a look at how brands are responding to the “emotional roller coaster” that is Americans’ relationship with food today.

CNN investigates how obesity affects kids’ performance in school.

-California may become the first state to require genetically modified food to be labeled, and a Guardian column looks at how this may change what Americans eat.

-Social video has become the commercial channel of choice for high-end fashion brands, writes Luxury Daily.

Bloomberg Businessweek looks at the growing industry of managing and licensing Internet memes to brands.

-With merchandising deals multiplying, The Atlantic looks at how Fifty Shades of Gray is changing the face of publishing.

-comScore finds that the American tablet market is at “critical mass,” reports CNET.

-On Mashable, an infographic looks at how photography has changed in the new mobile era.

The New York Times spotlights how the digital era is making family estrangement a complicated—and painful—matter.

The Financial Times reports on how, despite bleak economic conditions, young Spanish entrepreneurs are leading Europe’s startup scene, a manifestation of our trend Generation Go.