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January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

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The yes comes from the company meetings in Stellantis, the new giant in the automotive sector, born from the marriage between FCA and PSA. It is the fourth manufacturer in the world. The headquarters are in the Netherlands. The first shareholder is Exor (Agnelli family),

December 26, 2020

December 26, 2020

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The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson announce the agreement in extremis (actually after the deadline) for the commercial terms of the end of the transhistoric period of Brexit, a period that ends

December 30, 2020

December 30, 2020

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The negotiators of the European Union and those of Beijing, after 7 years of close and complex negotiations, find the political agreement that allows foreign investments in production, including electric vehicles, telecommunications and private hospitals. The announcement is made by the President of the European

20-Oct-20

20-Oct-20

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The great magician, science writer, expert and skeptic of occultism, James Randi (James Hamilton Randall Zwinge, aka The Amazing Randi), dies at 92. He was particularly known for the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, the one million dollar prize offered by his foundation, the James

18-Dec-19

18-Dec-19

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The agreement proposed by FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automobile) to PSA is signed. The fourth global automobile giant is born, with 190MLD Eur behind Volkswagen, Toyota, Renault-Nissan. Among the brands represented: FIAT, Chrysler, Peugeut, Citroen, Opel, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Maserati, Ferrari, Lancia, Abarth, Vauxhall, DS Automobiles, RAM,

Sep-18

Sep-18

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The United States surpasses Saudi Arabia in oil production, with 10 million barrels per day. The production of American natural gas also has a new peak, increasing by 43% from 2007 to 2017, while in the same period the consumption of coal falls by 36%.

2018

2018

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From 1800 to 2018 carbon dioxide (CO2) increased from 283ppmv (parts per million by volume), to 408ppmv. Almost all the contribution is due to human activities: 2% is emitted by industries, 6% by buildings, 14% by transport, 24% by agriculture, 25% by electricity generation and

2018

2018

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Civilian airlines worldwide increase the percentage of seats used in their planes, from an average of 56% in 1971 to 81% in 2018.

2017

2017

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In the world the percentage of the population with a mobile phone is 65%. It was 0.0003% in 1980.

2017

2017

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In the world, the share of people who use the internet on a daily basis is 48%. It was less than 0.1% in 1994 (including me).

2017

2017

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In the world the animal species monitored for protective purposes are 87967. There were 34 in 1959.

2017

2017

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In the world, women can vote in 193 countries in the world (out of 195). It was a single nation in 1893 (New Zealand).

2017

2017

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In the world, slavery has remained legal in only 3 countries. 193 countries were legal in 1800

2017

2017

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The study published by Christian Schmidt, Tobias Krauth, Stephen Wagner, finds that 88-95% of all plastic waste that is in the oceans from rivers comes from just 10 countries, of which 8 are in Asia and 2 in Africa. The United States, which is responsible

2017

2017

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In the world, smartphones sold are almost 1.5 billion, while cell phones excluding smartphones are 450 million.

January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

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Harvard, Boston, Massachusetts. Ranga Dias and Isaac Silvera compress hydrogen between two diamonds at 495GPa at -268C, and claim to have created metallic hydrogen. Metallic hydrogen is supposed to be superfluid and superconducting and 5 times more efficient than liquid hydrogen as a propellant.

January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

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British American Tobacco (BAT) acquires full control of Reynolds by acquiring 57.8%, in a transaction worth USD 49.4 billion. BAT, which already owned brands such as MS, Lucky Strike, Dunhill, Kent, Rothmans, also acquired Came and Newport.

2016

2016

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In the world the scientific articles published are 2550000 / year. They were half in 2000. And they were only 119 / year in 1665.

2016

2016

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In the world, the percentage of people with at least one vaccination is 88%. It was 22% in 1980.

2016

2016

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In the world the death penalty is admitted in 89 countries out of 195. There were 193 in 1900.

2016

2016

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In the world the percentage of adults (over 15 years of age) with the ability to read and write is 86%. It was half in 1950. And it was 10% in 1800.

2016

2016

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In the world, the percentage of protected territory as a national park, park or nature reserve is 14.7%. It was 0.03% in 1900.

2016

2016

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In the world, the percentage of children who die before the fifth year of age is 4%. It was 44% in 1800, and 40% in 1900.

2016

2016

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In the world, 1 every 100,000 people died from war. It is the lowest value since counting. Probably always. During the Second World War it reached the value of 201 per 100 thousand people, in 1942.

2016

2016

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In the world, the emission of substances that damage the ozone layer is 2200 tons / year. It was 1663000ton / year in 1970.

2016

2016

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More than 45% of the world population uses the internet on a daily basis. In 2000 the figure was less than 7%.

2016

2016

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A modern SUV or pickup from the early second decade of the 21st century consumes 99% less fuel than a typical 1970 car in terms of hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions. In practice, a modern car launched at full speed consumes less

2015

2015

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In the world, the percentage of girls who go to elementary school is 90%. It was 65% in 1970.

08-Dec-15

08-Dec-15

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The USS Zumwalt goes out to sea. It is a destroyer with a very low radar footprint, all-electric, and with an electromagnetic rail-gun capable of striking 110 miles away with shots that go out at Mach 7. The commander could only be called James Kirk.

2015

2015

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In the world, the percentage of people with running and drinking water at home is 88%. It was 58% in 1980.

2015

2015

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In the world, 6210002 pieces of music are released on the market each year. They were a tenth ten years earlier.

21-Sep-15

21-Sep-15

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Volkswagen admits to falsifying US pollution tests of their cars. Admission takes place after the tests carried out by the American environmental body (EPA – Environmental Protection Agency). 11 million cars are involved and the company faces a fine of $ 18 billion. The stock

24-Feb-15

24-Feb-15

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The Japanese giant Hitachi buys the Italian companies Ansaldo Breda and Ansaldo STS, leaders in the field of rail transport, for EUR 1.9 billion. This is the largest foreign acquisition for Hitachi and the largest Japanese investment in Italy.

27-Feb-15

27-Feb-15

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The Italian BTP – German Bund Spread drops to 98.6, for the first time below 100 points since mid-May 2010, having also reached peaks above 500 points (5%) at the end of 2011 and in 2012.

23-Feb-15

23-Feb-15

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Italy and Switzerland sign an agreement for the end of banking secrecy. After a few days, a similar agreement was signed with Liechtenstein as well.

22-Jan-15

22-Jan-15

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Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, announces the decision to issue Quantitive Easing with the purchase of government bonds for a value of 60 billion euros per month until September 2016 for a total of 1100 billion euros. The EU is in various

2015

2015

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The number of accidents with loss of crude oil at sea is at an all-time low: stable around 3-4 per year, almost constantly decreasing from the peak of 115 / year in 1975. In the same period, shipments of crude oil by sea increased from

2015

2015

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The deaths from terrorism in the world are 38422, of which 44 in the USA, 175 in Europe. Per Guerra there are 97496 in the world, of which 28 in the USA, 5 in Europe. For murder 437000 worldwide, of which 15696 in the USA,

2015

2015

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Rate of deaths from road accidents in the United States: 1 death per 100MLN of miles traveled. It was 24 in 1922 and 10 in 1940. It is constantly falling.

2015

2015

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International tourism: the number of arrivals is equal to 1.2 billion people / year. It was 550MLN people / year in 1995.

2015

2015

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The number of countries that have decriminalized homosexuality is equal to 90. It was only 4 in 1805 and 15 in 1895.

2015

2015

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The number of incidents due to hate crimes in the United States is 2000 against blacks, 800 against Jews, 800 against whites, 200 against Asians and 300 against Muslims (the latter is the only index uphill). In 1996 they were 3500 against blacks, 1000 against

2015

2015

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Life expectancy for African Americans in the United States rises to 76 (78 for Caucasians). For African Americans it was 33 in 1900 (50 for Caucasians). In 2015, African Americans reaching 65 had a longer life expectancy than Caucasians at the same age.

2015

2015

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For the first time, since the beginning of the Industrial Age, the planet becomes greener. Thanks to reforestation in Russia, China, but also in the West (thanks to the abandonment of rural mountain villages in Europe, and the massive reduction of the cultivated area in

2015

2015

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The number of democracies (defined by the Polity Project with an index greater than 6.0 on their scale) has a new high of 103 (they were 87 in 2009, 52 in 1989, 36 in 1962, 12 in 1942, 29 in 1922).

2015

2015

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The world population living in extreme poverty, which had been increasing since 1820 in absolute terms (not percentages), begins to decline in 1970, despite the fact that the total world population continues to increase, and by a great deal. The world population in extreme poverty,

2015

2015

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Infant mortality and mothers’ mortality at childbirth halved compared to 1990 values ??in middle, low-medium and low-income countries.

2015

2015

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Worldwide life expectancy rises to 70 years (it was 46 years in 1950 and was 30 years in 1870).

Dec-14

Dec-14

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The price of oil drops to USD 50 per barrel, the lowest price reached in several years. The reasons are probably also to be found in the enormous quantities of oil and gas extracted with the techniques of fracking in the United States.

2014

2014

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In the world, the percentage of people with access to electricity at home is 85%. It was 72% in 1991.

2014

2014

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The number of women victims of aggression in the United States is 400 for domestic violence and 200 for sexual violence, per 100 thousand women per year (0.4% / year and 0.2% / year). In 1993 they were 1600 and 800 respectively (1.6% / year

2014

2014

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15% of the world population over 15 years of age is illiterate. The figure was 44% in 1980.

02-Jan-14

02-Jan-14

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Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FIAT, completes the acquisition of 100% of Chrysler. In fact, the agreement with the American union of pensioners UAW is completed for the purchase of the remaining 42% of the shares, for 4.35BLN USD, mostly (2.60BLN USD) paid out by Chrysler

November 9, 2013

November 9, 2013

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Launch of the USS Gerald Ford or the CVN78 (Carrier Vessel Nuclear) of the US Navy, the first of the Ford class. It is part of the CVN21 class and will cover the entire 21st century, with innovations such as the electromagnetic catapult (basically a

2013

2013

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United States. Oil production in the United States reaches and exceeds 7.57 million barrels per day, thus exceeding the previous peak which dates back to December 1989. All this is made possible thanks to Shale Gas technologies.

Jun-13

Jun-13

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The bird-watchers of Lebanon and Israel reach a historic agreement (which politicians are far from reaching): in the autumn, Lebanese bird-watchers warn the Israeli airport authorities as soon as they spot the first flocks of eagles migrating from Europe to Africa for the winter, and

2013

2013

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The world’s first artificial hamburger is made and eaten. No cow has been killed and slaughtered for this: it is raised from specially produced cells. The first artificial steak cost $ 330,000. After 4 years of research and development, the price drops to 11 USD.