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The surprising reality of increased human life expectancy.

The surprising thing is, people throughout history, and before, lived longer than is often depicted.

From the 1500s till around 1800, life expectancy throughout Europe hovered between 30 and 40 years of age, then the 20th century, life expectancy rose from 49.2 to 80.3 years.

The surprise is, throughout history and as long as far back as we can know, a full lifespan has always been around 70 years or longer. The biggest change has not the length of a human lifespan, but instead, the dramatic increase in percentage of people who get to enjoy that lifespan.

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News In Brief.

It is now war until the end for Putin. If Putin is to win in Ukraine, he would simply have to start a new war elsewhere, as relations with Russia could never again return to ‘normal’ without charges of war crimes being held.

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BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus: Affordable EV, not just a rich man’s toy.

There was time when mobile phones where just rich man’s toys. The BYD Atto 3 or Yuan Plus depending on the market, is not only BYDs first global car, but also what I would call the first mainstream, affordable EV for the west, ending the EV as rich man’s toy. It is being released in several countries in early 2022, mainly left traffic countries (wheel on the right) including Australia, but will go global. The Atto 3 competes on price, size and features with affordable gasoline/petrol compact SUVs. The Atto 3 is not a car priced as a BYD competitor for the regular Toyota Corolla, as that car, the Atto 2 will follow in Australia late 2022 or early 2023.

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Battle for No1 Carmaker: Tracking Tesla and BYD.

I have already have a page tracking the fall of current leaders Toyota, VW etc, and this page tracks the rise of the new contenders for the worlds number 1 carmaker: Tesla and BYD.

These two are the current EV market leaders, and as EVs gain market share, these two are on trajectories to become no #1 and no #2 car carmakers world wide. But will either of them ever reach true #1?

I have excluded Tesla and BYD from the ‘new kids on the block’, page tracking the rise of new EV companies as the race between these EV heavyweights warrants its own page.

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EV Battery swapping: Recharge or Refuel?

My keyboard is powered by batteries which convert stored chemical energy to electricity. For more energy, I can either ‘refuel’ by swapping batteries for instant new energy, or ‘recharge’ the batteries which takes longer but is more efficient.

Every car ever produced is also powered by chemical energy, and either combusts the chemicals to release heat, or converts the energy to electricity to power the car.

Why is it that, we rarely get to choose between refuel or recharge?

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WWIII?

Was Feb 24th, the start of WWIII? Is it a world war of sanctions, troops and tanks, or nuclear?

NATO, and specifically the US, seem to feel the risk of WWIII is so real, that they refuse Ukraine any assistance that could defeat Putin’s forces and anger him further. Their hope seems to be “let him win on the battlefield but lose through sanctions”.

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Tracking Legacy Car Brands Fall As EVs Rise. (step 3)

Electric vehicles have become viable as “real” cars much sooner than expected. We are in a time of disruption by electrification as planes, trains and automobiles, as well as shipping all move to electric power, but it is the car industry that will be most disrupted. New players such as Tesla, Rivian, Lucid and others, combined with the globalisation of the EV centric Chinese car industry, will take around 50% of the market. So what happens to the existing big brands of the legacy car industry? Either half die out, all halve in size, or some combination of both. that has being producing internal combustion engine vehicles?

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