64% of police officers in Scotland are in favour of carrying handguns routinely. Source: Scottish Police Federation. New technology in retail such as self-serve check-outs are making people over the age of 70 feel lonely and isolated. Source: Anchor. Different types of alcohol have different effects on our moods, ranging from anger to tiredness. Source: British Medical Journal. 19% of staff employed by MPs and peers claim they have been bullied, and 58% say they are suffering from stress. Source: Unite. It is now normal for young people, some as young as six years old, to be dissatisfied with their body, which can lead to depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Source: University of the West of England. Self-harm has surged among teen girls due to cyberbullying and smartphones, with the number of emergency visits for self-inflicted injuries up 5.7% for 10-24-year-olds in the US. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in 10 teenage girls between the ages of 16 and 19 were victims of domestic abuse last year. Source: Office for National Statistics. The number of young people becoming 'money mules' for criminals has doubled in the last four years. 8,652 'money mules' were caught in the first nine months of 2017. Source: Cifas. Canada and New Zealand are the most appealing countries for Brits who are thinking of emigrating. Source: YouGov. More than 100,000 calls were made to a housing charity helpline in the two months up to Christmas last year. During their busiest time, they received a call every 22 seconds. Source: Shelter. More than half of Brits claim not to know a single friend or family member who looks after a relative, despite the fact that one in 10 people provides round the clock care. Source: Carers UK. A study of fertility rates reveals that last year women in Northern Ireland had the most children and women in Scotland the least. Source: UK Government.
Black Friday sales hit a record high this year despite fewer people going out to shop. A 7% increase in spending was recorded with 32% more transactions. Source: Barclaycard. Households are already £852 a year worse off as a result of Brexit. Source: Centre for Economic Research. Nine out of 10 people who tried to cancel their subscriptions to gyms and TV streaming services are initially refused permission. Source: Citizens Advice. Loyal customers are paying more for their house insurance than new customers. The difference is £110 each year. Source: Citizens Advice.
The number of EU nationals applying to study in the UK has dropped by 4.4% in the last year, perhaps because of Brexit. Source: Ucas.
The area of Earth illuminated by artificial lighting has grown by 9% in four years. If this trend continues, the total area illuminated will double from its 2012 level before 2050. Source: GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. The number of breeding pairs of wandering albatrosses is less than half of what it was 30 years ago. Source: British Antarctic Survey. The population of birds living on British farmland has dropped by 56% since 1970 because of agricultural changes. Source: Defra. The heaviest thing in the universe is the inside of a neutron star. Just a teaspoon of the contents of one weighs a billion tonnes. Source: University of Melbourne. Two black holes have collided around a billion light years away to form one big black hole 18 times the size of the Sun. Source: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. 98% of astronomers and researchers think that sending messages via radio transmission to distant planets and star clusters, as Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) has done recently, is a bad idea, likening it to 'shouting in a forest before you know if there are tigers, lions and bears there.' Source: University of California, Berkeley. Pluto is 30 degrees colder than we thought due to a sooty haze which hangs around the planet, shielding it from heat. Source: University of California, Santa Cruz.
In Scotland the number of patient deaths in hospital for April to June this year was 14% less than predicted. In the Royal Alexandra and Vale of Leven hospitals, however, patient mortality was 2% higher than expected. Source: ISD Scotland. 120,000 more people than predicted died in England and Wales between 2010 and 2017 due to funding cuts to the NHS and other austerity policies. Source: King's College London. Interacting with an avator on a computer screen helps mental health patients who hear voices cope better with their hallucinations. Source: King's College London/ University College London. The risk of stillbirth doubles if women go to sleep on their backs during the third trimester of their pregnancy. Source: Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre/ St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. Eating peanuts during pregnancy, and breastfeeding your child, can help children to avoid allergies. Source: Boston Children’s Hospital. The stress of discovering that you have cancer is so great that one in five people diagnosed develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within a few months. Source: National University of Malaysia. 45% of cancer deaths in the US are driven by bad habits such as eating processed meat, smoking and excess body weight. Source: American Cancer Society. People who drink three to four cups of coffee each day are less likely to die from heart attacks or strokes than people who never drink coffee. Source: Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh.
'Retro' holiday destinations such as the Costa Brava, Malta and Madeira are making a comeback, with tourists seeking traditional 'bucket and spade' resorts. Source: Thomas Cook.
Although socially monogamous, blue tits will dump their partner if they turn up late for the breeding season. Source: Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Munich. A single female fly landing in a glass of wine can spoil its taste instantly due to the immediate release of a male-attracting pheromone. Source: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Cult members are often lured by illusions of emotional comfort such as promises of complete financial security, constant peace of mind, perfect health and even eternal life. Source: California Institute of Technology. Men on the Tinder dating app tend to signal in their biogs that they are wealthy, while women seek to present themselves as benevolent and virtuous. Source: Concordia University, Chicago. Ketamine is effective as an anti-depressant for mice, but only when administered by a man. Researchers believe that male odour creates a reaction with the ketamine in the mouse brain. Source: University of Maryland. The most upsetting comment for a mother to hear about her own child is 'he's a bit of a handful isn't he?,' followed closely by 'I would never let my child eat sugar’ and 'my little one slept 12 hours last night.' Source: ChannelMum.com.