Society Suicide rates among men in the UK are at their lowest level since the late 1980s but still represent 75% of all suicides. Last year, there were 4,383 male suicides, and the rate was 15.5 per 100,000 of the male population. The rate in the late 1980s was 20 in every 100,000 of the male population. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Around 3.7m children in the UK live in homes struggling to afford enough meat, fruit and vegetables. The poorest 20% of homes with children would have to spend 42% of their disposable income to meet government nutrition guidance. In Scotland, some 220,000 children are thought to be affected. Source: Food Foundation.
Last year the Internet Watch Foundation found 78,589 individual web addresses worldwide which contained images of child abuse. Of these, 274 were hosted in the UK, while 87% were hosted in the Netherlands, US, Canada, France and Russia. Source: BBC.
There are 80,000 people in the UK who are known to law enforcement as potential threats to children online. Source: Home Office.
74% of Brits think that high caffeine energy drinks should be banned for those under the age of 18. Source: YouGov.
33% of prison officers in England and Wales who left the service in the past year – a total of 694 officers – were in the job for less than a year. In 2010, the corresponding proportion was 7%. Source: UK Government.
Economy Economic productivity in Scotland over the past 15 years has been described as 'broadly stagnant,’ with the country underperforming when compared with many other EU nations. Source: David Hume Institute.
One of the most common ways that Brits waste money is by leaving electrical appliances on stand-by. More than a third of us fail to turn appliances off, adding around £30 each year to our bills. Boiling a kettle with too much water in it can also cost us an extra £35 each year. Source: npower.
Tesco has changed the way it sells bananas in its Metro and Express stores. Instead of being sold according to weight, bananas are now being sold at a fixed price per unit – meaning an increase of around 10p per banana. Source: BBC.
London’s property market is suffering 'headwinds' from high transaction costs, Brexit uncertainty and mortgage restrictions. All involved are affected – from home buyers and sellers to investors. Source: Berkeley.
Education 40% of children would rather be in a banded class, where 'everyone is as good as me.' 30% prefer mixed ability classes, particularly girls. Source: YouGov.
Schools in England are facing a severe shortage of teachers, leading to bigger class sizes and more subjects being taught by a member of staff without a relevant degree. Source: Educational Policy Institute.
Science The sunfish – a fish usually found in tropical waters and the heaviest bony fish in the world – has been spotted off the west coast of Scotland for the fourth time this year. Source: Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
Scientists have used gene-editing to effectively treat a large mammal – a dog – with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The condition has no cure and affects around 2,500 people in the UK. It almost exclusively targets boys and young men, and is the most common fatal genetic disease in children. Source: Royal Veterinary College/ UT Southwestern Medical Center.
A study of 13 medieval skeletons interred at Niederstotzingen, Germany, suggests that they came from a politically powerful warrior group that travelled widely to find and recruit the best new members. Source: Eurac Research Institute for Mummy Studies.
Health The number of NHS vacancies for occupational therapists and physiotherapists in Scotland is at an all-time high, with around 600 posts vacant. Figures also suggest that the number of consultant posts which have been vacant for over six months has increased by 20%. Source: NHS Scotland.
1.4bn people in the world are at risk of a serious disease because they don't do enough exercise. Source: World Health Organisation.
Between 2011 and 2015, 430 health professionals in England committed suicide. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Going vegan and signing up for 'Tough Mudder' competitions are key signs of a midlife crisis for men turning 40 or 50 years old. Source: Bupa Health Clinics.
Children who have clinically depressed parents have a 104% increased risk of having a friendship end within the first six years of school. Source: Florida Atlantic University/ Jyväskylä University.
The biggest iceberg in the world – A68 – is finally on the move having spent the past 13 months 'shuffling back and forth on the spot.' Source: Swansea University.
The number of sexual health screens in England and Wales – which test for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV – has risen by 18% from 1,513,288 in 2013 to 1,778,306 last year. Source: Public Health England.
Recreation The top three things that people miss when they become parents are Saturday morning lie-ins, a clean and tidy house, and watching TV in complete peace. Source: Pampers.
This summer was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK. An average temperature of 15.8C matched that experienced in 1976, 2003 and 2006. Source: Met Office.
Oddities 91% of Brits have thought about their own death, with around a third thinking about it once a week or more. The average age at which we first consider our own mortality is 26 years old. Source: YouGov.