Society A poll has found that only 30% of Scots support plans to ban the smacking of children. 53% believe that it should be allowed, and 17% don’t know. Source: Panelbase.
23% of Brits consider crime to be one of the top issues facing the UK. At the beginning of the year, only 11% placed it as a top concern. Source: YouGov.
Religious hate crime has increased by 40% in the past year in England and Wales. Over half of incidents reported were aimed at Muslims. Source: UK Government.
Glasgow is the vegan capital of Britain, with more fresh vegan boxes sold there than anywhere else. Edinburgh came second, followed by Brighton, Leicester and Manchester. Source: Mindful Chef.
Nearly 18,000 people in the UK armed forces are clinically obese: 8,882 in the Army, 4,666 in the Royal Navy, and 4,274 in the RAF. Source: Ministry of Defence.
81% of British adults believe that people with obesity are viewed negatively. Source: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
38% of Brits oppose the introduction of Universal Credit, while 27% support the policy. Source: YouGov.
Economy The UK economy grew by 0.7% over the summer - 0.1% more than expected. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Footfall in High Street shops fell by 2.2% in September, with shoppers feeling a squeeze on their cash. Source: Springboard.
Shoppers want self-service checkouts removed from stores because they feel embarrassed using them. Source: AccorHotels Northern Europe.
Donald Trump’s golf resort in Turnberry suffered losses of £3.4m last year. Source: Companies House.
Cities including Liverpool and Hull may lose over 20% of jobs to automation by 2030, Source: Centre for Cities.
Education UK students are split in terms of how university education should be funded. 40% believe that ‘it should be paid for by everyone, funded through general taxation,’ while 40% believe that ‘it should be paid for by the people who go to university, through tuition fees.’ A further 11% think ‘neither of these’ options, and 13% ‘don’t know.’ Source: YouGov.
Religious schools in some Australian states are allowed to turn away students if they are gay. It is hoped that new legislation will stop this discrimination. Source: BBC.
Science Plans are underway to reduce CO2 emissions in the UK by 100%. The current target is to reduce them by 80% by 2050. Source: UK Government.
More than 100,000 varieties of rice have been stored in gene banks in the Philippines with the purpose of safeguarding them for the future. It is hoped that new rice crops will be developed which can withstand drought and flooding. Source: International Rice Research Institute.
Volcano Mount Etna is sliding into the Mediterranean Sea and may cause a tsunami. Source: Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research.
Driverless cars are being developed to have human-like intuition such as being able to interpret visual cues from pedestrians. Source: Perceptive Automata.
Netflix is the world’s most data-hungry app. The video streaming service consumes around 15% of global net traffic. Source: Sandvine.
Health Teenagers who regularly use cannabis are causing long-lasting damage to their brains, particularly that associated with thinking skills, memory and behaviour. The damage caused is worse than that of regular teenage drinking. Source: Montreal University.
Nature prescriptions, including going for a walk and listening to birdsong, are being offered by GPs in Shetland. It is hoped that the new approach could help conditions such as anxiety and high blood pressure. Source: NHS Shetland/ RSPB Scotland.
Women who eat bacon and sausages regularly may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Source: World Health Organisation.
The cost of anti-psychotic medication increased by 223.8% last year, mainly due to drug shortages. Source: NHS Scotland.
Recreation More families are eating out in pubs, with sales rising by 3.9% this year. Source: MCA.
‘No selfie zones’ should be introduced at dangerous spots around the world to reduce fatalities. From 2011 to 2017, 259 people died while taking ‘extreme selfies’ in places including the tops of mountains, tall buildings, cliffs and lakes. Source: US National Library of Medicine.
Oddities The average person can recall up to 5,000 faces. Some can recall up to 10,000. Source: York University.
A robotic finger, which looks like a human finger, has been developed by a French researcher. The ‘MobiLimb’ is attached to a smartphone and can attract its owner’s attention by crawling towards them, waggling, or stroking their hand. Source: BBC.