The Doomsday Clock, an assessment of how close the world is to a self-inflicted catastrophe, now stands at two minutes to midnight. Source: Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Glasgow Central, which includes parts of Govanhill and the Gorbals, is the 12th poorest parliamentary constituency in the UK, with 45% of children living in poverty. Source: End Child Poverty. Around 110,000 people in the UK are locked-up, including prisoners, mental health patients and asylum seekers. Source: National Preventive Mechanism. An average of two acids attacks are carried out each day in the UK. Source: UK Government. 60% of broadband users have experienced slow service or total loss of connection. Around a quarter say that service disruptions have affected their work or study. Source: Citizens Advice. 53% of Brits are worried about being exposed to fake news on social media. Only 24% consider social media a trustworthy source of news. Source: Edelman. Brits over the age of 55 are more likely to have affairs than millennials. Source: Good Housekeeping. The RAC assisted 2,830 breakdowns caused by potholes from October to December last year – 11% more than 2016. Source: RAC. 93% of people in Tanzania think their news organisations are doing 'very well' or 'somewhat well' at reporting the news accurately, but only 65% in the UK think likewise. Source: Pew Research. Public trust in government in the UK has declined to 36%. Source: Edelman. International approval of the USA's role in the world is down to 30% compared to 48% under Obama. Source: Gallup. There were 11 school shootings in the USA in the first 23 days of this year. Source: Time magazine. The most common 'worst' excuse for failing to turn up at work is 'I have to move house today and I only found out last night.' Source: ELAS management group. There were 4,751 rough sleepers in England on a single night in autumn last year. Source: UK Government. Almost half of Brits have felt 'food envy' and have wished that they were eating the food on someone else’s plate. Around 40% ordered the same food as their friend to avoid feelings of jealousy. Source: Just Eat. Young Brits under the age of 34 are hopeless at performing simple household tasks compared with their older counterparts, particularly in areas of basic cookery, textile work, metalwork and woodwork. Source: Good Housekeeping. Most people are affected by the change in seasons and the amount of natural light we experience. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which causes depressive feelings associated with a particular time of year, affects 9.5% of people in Northern Finland and 9.9% of people in Alaska. Source: Mind.
Brits are thought to waste around £7.5bn a year on bills for products they never use and miss out on cheaper energy tariffs. Source: uSwitch. There were an estimated 359,000 first-time house buyers in the UK last year. They required an average deposit of £33,339 compared with £17,740 a decade ago. Source: Halifax. Mortgage approvals in December fell to 36,115 compared with 44,476 in December 2016. Source: UK Finance. More than 160,000 new houses were registered to be built in the UK last year, up 6% on the previous year and the highest number for a decade. Source: National House-Building Council. Although the number of people in work is at a record high, the value of pay is declining. Source: Office for National Statistics. The average cost of motor insurance rose by £30 last year to £493. Source: Association of British Insurers. Public sector borrowing in December was £2.6bn compared to £5.1bn in December 2016. In the quarter to November 2017, the number in employment in the UK rose by 102,000 to 32.2m, the joint highest rate recorded. Source: Office for National Statistics. 50% of young people fear that the number of job opportunities for their generation will decline in the next three years. Source: Prince’s Trust. The spending squeeze on consumers led to a third of stock market-listed firms issuing profit warnings last year. Source: EY. Of the 11.8m self-assessment tax returns issued, 93% are expected to have been filed by the deadline at midnight tonight (Wednesday) with more people posting them online. Source: HMRC.
University students from the poorest parts of Scotland are more likely to drop out, get lower grades and secure less good jobs than their more affluent peers. Source: Commissioner for Fair Access, Scottish Government. Children with a positive attitude towards the subject are more likely to solve a mathematical problem than those with a negative attitude. Source: Stanford University. The UK produces 6.1% of the world's research papers. Source: Times Higher Education.
More than 11bn pieces of plastic are stuck in coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific region. Source: James Cook University, Australia. The plastic used in many second-hand toys may not meet current safety guidelines and be harmful to children. Source: University of Plymouth. The consumption of 11.5bn sandwiches across the UK has the same environmental impact as the use of eight million cars a year, according to a survey which looked at the carbon footprint of 40 different sandwiches. Source: Manchester University. Small stumps and roots found under the waves in the Bay of Ireland, near Stromness in Orkney, are around 6,000 years old. Source: University of the Highlands and Islands. A Bronze Age skeleton found in Northumberland last year has been identified as male and described as being ‘handsome with a perfect smile.’ Source: Derby University. Modern humans are believed to have left Africa 80,000 years earlier than previously thought. Source: Tel Aviv University. The 18 resident species of bat in the UK are either growing in number or their populations are stable. Source: Bat Conservation Trust. A highly-reflective sphere called the 'Humanity Star' has been launched into orbit to give a shared experience to everyone on Earth. Source: Rocket Lab.
33,000 nurses left the NHS last year – 10% of the total and 3,000 more than joined. More than half of those who left were under the age of 40. Source: NHS Digital. 4% of the population drank nearly a third of the alcohol sold in England last year. Source: Public Health England. A sugar tax on soft drinks may lead to people buying more alcohol as a 'substitute’. Source: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Most obese children are likely to be dangerously overweight for all their lives, with a loss of 10 to 20 years of healthy life. Source: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health. The top medical topic searched for online is pneumonia, followed by depression. Source: BUPA. People suffering from extreme social anxiety may find relief in ketamine, a drug typically used as an anaesthetic. Source: University of Pennsylvania. Some popular high street brands are packed with as many as two dozen teaspoons of sugar. A 170g bag of M&S 'Gigantic Milk Chocolate Buttons' has the equivalent of 23 teaspoons. Source: Action on Sugar. A type of Mediterranean diet known as the Mind diet, which includes at least three servings of whole grains, a green leafy vegetable and one other vegetable every day, may help to slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors. Source: Rush University medical centre, Chicago. Vitamin D supplements could help ease the symptoms suffered by people with irritable bowel syndrome. Source: Sheffield University. Just one cigarette a day increases our chances of heart disease and stroke. Source: University College London. A component of turmeric called curcumin is beneficial to our joints and health in general. Source: Olympic Research Centre, Barcelona.
Skye has been named one of the top 12 global tourist destinations to avoid this summer. Source: CNN. Netflix gained 8.3m new subscribers in the last three months of 2017. Source: Netflix.
Moscow only had six minutes of sunshine in December. It usually has 18 hours. Source: Mind. 800 people were killed by wild elephants in Assam between 2006 and 2016. Source: Indian Government. 12 camels taking part in a beauty contest in Saudi Arabia have been disqualified because they’ve had Botox injections. Source: Sky.