47% of UK electors would favour a second referendum on Brexit, while 34% are opposed. Young voters are more likely to support staying in the EU, but over-65s are more determined than ever to leave. Source: ICM. Young people between the ages of 18 and 24 would rather use social media to talk online to people they don't know than have a conversation face to face. They are 20 times more likely never to speak to their neighbours than those aged 55 and over. Source: Cancer Research UK. Customer satisfaction with ScotRail fell from 90% to 85% between spring and autumn last year. Source: ScotRail. Britons derive, on average, 60% of their ancestry from Europe. Source: AncestryDNA. Every year, 17,000 children in England and Wales are affected by maternal imprisonment. 95% have to leave their homes because there isn't a suitable adult left to take care of them. Source: Prison Reform Trust. Sending love letters, remembering phone numbers and making mix tapes are just some of the things we miss which have been taken over by technical innovations. Source: British Airways. Two-thirds of Glaswegians have suffered from loneliness, and nine out of 10 agree that being lonely in old age is 'more likely than ever.' Source: Campaign To End Loneliness. Addiction to video games can contribute to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Source: Nottingham Trent University. Men in South Korea spend more on skincare per person than men anywhere else in the world. Source: BBC. The number of UK households with two cars has increased by half a million to 7.6m. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Most firms see Brexit as a serious threat to the UK's status as a financial centre, and optimism in the financial services sector continued to dip in the last quarter of 2017. Source: CBI. Planning applications for new shops have fallen for the ninth year in a row. Source: Lendy. Plans by the Scottish Government to cut taxes for lower earners will have no impact on poverty rates. Source: IPPR. House prices in November last year were 5.1% up on a year earlier. Source: Office for National Statistics. Glasgow house prices have risen by 35% in the last five years – faster than any other Scottish city. The average house price in the city has risen from £128,733 in 2012 to £173,990. Source: Bank of Scotland. The eurozone economy expanded by 2.5% last year, its best performance since 2007, when it grew by 3%. Source: Eurostat. The price of supermarket houmous has risen by 29% since January 2017 because of a global chickpea shortage. Source: The Grocer magazine. The number of job vacancies in the UK fell by 8.5% to 1.1 million in the last six months. Source: Adzuna. 32% of Britain's workers have less than £500 in savings. A further 9% have savings of between £500 and £999. Source: Populus.
The number of college students in Scotland has fallen by 38% in the past decade. Source: Scottish Funding Council. 91.2% of Scottish schools haven’t set up a committee to monitor how extra funds from pupil equity funding are spent. Source: EIS.
Facebook has invented a unit of time called the flick, equivalent to one 705,600,000th of a second. Source: Facebook. Deadly hailstorms can now be predicted weeks in advance using a new method which monitors jet stream patterns. Source: Northern Illinois University and Central Michigan University. The global temperature has increased by 0.19 degrees Celsius each decade for the last 50 years – the increase in temperature becoming even more pronounced during the past 30 years. If this trend continues, it will cause short-term heatwaves in Europe, Asia and Australia – particularly in urban areas. Source: University of California. UK scientists will play a leading role in developing a satellite which will warn us if our planet will be hit by solar storms. Source: European Space Agency. The world’s first US to Australia biofuel flight was completed recently using 90% standard jet fuel and 10% biofuel. The biofuel consisted of industrial mustard seeds. Source: Qantas. Alternatives to single-use plastics drinking straws have yet to be developed, and greener versions would cost a hundred times more. Source: Primaplast.
Britain has the unhealthiest diet in Europe. Processed junk food such as crisps, chicken nuggets and low-quality ready-made meals account for more than half of the meals consumed in the average British household. Source: Sao Paulo University. Soya milk is the healthiest alternative to cow's milk because of its high levels of anti-cancer compounds, but cow's milk is healthier than any of the non-dairy alternatives. Source: McGill University. Women on a Mediterranean diet in the six months before IVF had a 65% to 68% better chance of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby than women with the lowest adherence to the diet. Source: Human Reproduction journal. Smoke from e-cigarettes damages DNA and can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Source: New York University school of medicine. Vaping flavours such as vanilla and cinnamon increase the risk of users developing life-threatening diseases. Source: Rochester University. Sleep disturbances may be an early warning sign of Alzheimer's. Source: Washington University school of medicine. The key to fighting cancer may lie in ageing immune systems and not in genetic mutations. Source: Dundee University. Alcohol was a factor in more than 3,700 deaths in Scotland in a single year (2015). 41,161 patients were admitted to hospital due to alcohol that year. Source: NHS Health Scotland. The number of men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken, for the first time, the number of women dying from breast cancer. Source: Prostate Cancer UK. Breast cancer mortality rates have fallen by 10% in the last five years. Source: Cancer Research UK. Consuming too much fish oil can increase the risk of serious liver disease. Source: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. When one partner in a couple commits to losing weight, the other partner is likely to lose weight even if he or she does not actively participate in a weight reduction programme. Source: University of Connecticut.
Piers Morgan's interview with Donald Trump was watched by only 3m people – fewer than watched the BBC News at 10 at the same time. Source: BBC. Children aged 8 to 15 spend 68 minutes of their leisure time per day taking part in an outdoor activity, sports-related activity, and travelling on foot or by bicycle. Source: Office for National Statistics. The best-value city break in Europe is Sofia, Bulgaria (£122.45 for 2 nights). Source: Loot.
A cure for baldness may have been found using a substance used by McDonald’s to cook their chips. The chemical has worked on balding mice. Source: Yokohama National University.