Finding of the week: Brits consider anything longer than a 30-minute walk 'too far.' 40% don’t want to walk more than a mile. Source: SPANA.
The number of people killed on Scotland's roads has fallen to an all-time low. In 2016, 191 people died, and last year this fell to 146. Casualties also fell by 14% from 10,905 in 2016 to 9,391 last year. Source: Transport Scotland. 43% of female festival goers under the age of 40 have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour at music festivals. Source: YouGov. 80% of victims of sexual assault don’t report it to the police. Source: Crime Survey for England and Wales. In December 2017, 78,930 homeless families in England were living in temporary accommodation. Over 120,000 children were living in these families. Source: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Researchers have found that there are around 19 different gestures used by dogs to communicate with their owners. Many are a way of asking for food. Source: Salford University. 24% of Brits think that Germany will win the World Cup. Only 3% think that England will win. Source: YouGov.
Debit card payments overtook the number made by cash for the first time last year. £13.2 billion sales were made by card, and £13.1 billion in cash. Source: UK Finance. Edinburgh Airport had its busiest May to date with 1,322,390 passengers. Source: Edinburgh Airport. Majestic Wine are celebrating an end of year profit of £8.3 million, following a loss of £1.5 million the year before. Source: Majestic Wine. Retail sales increased for the second month running in May, with growth reported across all main sectors. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Students are more likely to want their universities to take a tougher stance against drugs on campus rather than a more liberal approach. Although 71% of students haven’t taken illegal drugs, 40% think that their university has a ‘problem’ with drug use. Source: Higher Education Policy Institute/ Buckingham University. Fake news has a harmful effect on children’s self-esteem and trust. Source: National Literacy Trust. 80% of children trust the news they watch on TV, and 75% trust the news they hear on the radio. Source: BBC.
Three new ‘baby’ planets have been found in our solar system. They are the youngest planets ever seen, thanks to the use of a new breakthrough technique. Source: Monash University. One in five British mammals are at risk of extinction due to climate change, the use of pesticides, loss of habitat, and disease. Species affected include the red squirrel, wildcat, grey long-eared bat and black rat. Source: Mammal Society/Natural England. Around 30 new species of moth have been found in the UK in the last 30 years. Source: Atropos/ Butterfly Conservation. Some of Africa’s oldest Baobab trees – which are considered to be icons of the African Savannah – are dying in mysterious circumstances. Although climate change could be responsible, there’s no evidence to suggest so. Source: Babes-Bolyai University. We all leave a unique microbial signature in our home. Scientists hope to catch burglars by looking at the microbes left behind at a crime scene that are shed from their skin and nostrils. Source: Argonne National Laboratory. A frog, alive at the same time as dinosaurs some 99 millions years ago, has been found preserved in amber in a rainforest in Myanmar. It got trapped in the tree sap while it was chasing a beetle. Source: Florida Museum of National History. We should avoid feeding rabbits carrots because they are the equivalent of our junk food. Source: RSPCA.
The risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s – the most common form of dementia – is one in 10 for men and one in five for women from the age of 45. Source: Alzheimer’s Research UK. Many commonly-prescribed drugs – including heart medication, birth control pills and some painkillers – may increase the risk of depression. Source: Illinois University. Gaming addiction has been listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organisation. Source: BBC. The number of people in England and Wales who use cannabis at least once a month has fallen from two million to 1.4 million in the past 10 years. The primary users are young men. Source: Crime Survey for England and Wales. The number of people over the age of 40 who are addicted to cannabis is increasing – particularly women. Source: York University. There has been a significant fall – 86% – in the number of cases of Human Papilloma Virus in women aged 16 to 21 between 2010 and 2016 following the introduction of a vaccine. The virus is the main cause of cervical cancer. Source: Public Health England. Women who describe themselves as ‘early risers’ are less likely to develop depression. Source: Colorado University/ Women’s Hospital, Boston.
20% of football enthusiasts expect their housework to suffer as a result of the World Cup. Source: Scotpulse. Demand for 65-inch televisions has rocketed this month thanks to the World Cup. Sales have increased by 173% compared to last year. Source: Argos. One in six couples say that DIY and decorating the home are very stressful and often lead to arguments. Source: Independent Network. The five most popular world landmarks at which to propose are: Disneyland, Paris; Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Florida; Centennial Lakes Park, Minnesota; Eiffel Tower, Paris; and the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles. Source: Hitched.co.uk. Angkor Wat in Cambodia has been voted the number one landmark in the world to visit. Source: Tripadvisor. Only 57% of girls aged from 8-17 years old play sport outside school, compared to 79% of boys. Source: Yorkshire Tea.
Two thirds of Brits think that our first name can affect how far we’ll go in life. The most successful names are thought to be William and Victoria, followed by George, Elizabeth, Richard, Alexander and Thomas. Source: Grosvenor Casinos. 72% of Scots surveyed believe that there should be a national holiday to celebrate William Wallace. Almost half say he was 'the bravest Scot ever.' Source: Edinburgh Dungeon.