Society 23,137 people died in Scotland between December 2017 and March 2018 – the highest number of winter deaths since 1999/2000. Source: National Records of Scotland.
Last year, 235,000 children in England and Wales were deemed to be at risk because of domestic violence. It accounts for a third of violent crime. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Two women each week in the UK are killed by a partner or former partner. Source: Office for National Statistics/Scottish Government.
Around 1,600 people in Scotland have been given information regarding the abusive past of their partners since the introduction of a new law three years ago. The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse (DSDAS) was set up in response to Clare's Law in England and Wales – named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009. Source: Police Scotland.
42 former or current servicemen and women in the UK have committed suicide this year. The number of forces personnel seeking mental health care has almost doubled over the past decade. Source: Ministry of Defence.
Canada has become the second nation in the world, after Uruguay, to legalise recreational cannabis use. Source: BBC.
Almost half of sexually-active young people have had sex with someone new for the first time without using a condom. One in 10 have never used one at all. Source: YouGov.
To place a political advert on Facebook in the UK, users will now have to prove their identity and declare who paid for the advert. Source: BBC.
Economy UK wages (excluding bonuses) have risen at their fastest pace this year since 2008. They rose by 3.1% in the quarter up to August when compared with the previous year, while inflation rose by 2.5% in the same period. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Apple has been named the best company to work for in the UK. Staff praised the 'enjoyable' culture, good rate of pay and access to discounted or free goods. Source: Indeed.
Professionals in Glasgow and Aberdeen are the richest workers in the UK and spend 41.1% and 42% of their monthly salary, respectively, on living costs. Those living in Edinburgh, however, are among the poorest, with some spending up to 55.2% of their monthly salary on living costs. Source: CV-Library.
The average Brit takes just 22 minutes for their lunchbreak – down from an average of 33 minutes in 2012. Source: Sodexo/UKactive.
Scottish Power will become the first UK energy supplier to generate all electricity from wind power instead of coal and gas. Source: Scottish Power.
From 2013-2017, most of Saudi Arabia’s arms imports came from the US. Source: Sipri.
Education More than a quarter of students in the UK are now graduating with a first class degree – up from 18% in 2012-13. In the 1990s, only 8% of students achieved a first. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Money has more influence than genes in terms of academic success. Research in the US has found that the least-gifted children of high-income parents graduate from college at higher rates than the most-gifted children of low-income parents. Source: National Bureau of Economic Research.
Science DNA evidence suggests that humans and dogs have an intertwined historical story spanning 9,000 years. Dogs are thought to have followed humans in migrating from the Middle East to Europe and Asia. Source: Rennes University.
The remains of the world’s oldest flesh-eating fish have been unearthed in a quarry in Germany. The piranha-like fish is thought to have lived around 150m years ago – at the same time as dinosaurs. Source: Cook University.
A car park in Leeds is trialling a new initiative where drivers can pay for parking with plastic bottles. Each 500ml bottle is worth 20p and is later recycled into 'useable items such as shirts, toys and even chairs.' Source: CitiPark.
Health GPs in England are now permitted to prescribe patients with social activities, such as dance classes, in order to combat loneliness. They see from one to five people suffering from the condition every day. Source: UK Government.
20% of people in Scotland recovering from a chest, heart or stroke condition are not using a full range of services because they don't know what is available. 66% of those surveyed would like more access to specialist nurses and social support groups. Source: Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.
Recreation A survey has suggested that we become middle-aged at 47 years old. It is at this age that we take more interest in soft furnishings, decorating and garden centres. 52% of those surveyed said that being middle-aged means that 'you know what you want out of life' and don’t care what others think. Source: Robert Welch.
Oddities Leonardo da Vinci is thought to have suffered from a rare vision disorder called exotropia – where one or both eyes turn outwards. The disorder meant that he could use his eyes separately and had a better understanding of 3D and depth perception. Source: University of London.