Society A new bill – the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) act – will come into force on 1 April this year. It will effectively criminalise psychological domestic abuse and all judges and sheriffs will receive special training – including a face-to-face domestic abuse course. Source: Judicial Institute for Scotland.
The average adult in the UK has 16 tins of food in their kitchen cupboard and relies on tinned food for at least three meals a week. Source: Metal Packaging Manufacturers.
The top five things that Brit don’t think they get enough of in their lives are, from fifth to first, sunlight, exercise, disposable income, holidays and sleep. Source: Virgin Active.
Economy In 2017, Scottish exports, excluding oil and gas, were up by 5% on the previous year to £81.4bn. Source: Scottish Government.
Apple have reported a 5% fall in profits over the past year – down to £64.5bn. Most of the loss was due to a 15% drop in revenue from the iPhone and Apple have hinted that they may lower prices for the device in the future. At present, an iPhone Xs with a 5.8 inch screen costs around £763 in the US, £999 in the UK, and £989 in China. Source: BBC.
At the end of 2017, average personal borrowing was highest in London (£43,103) and lowest in Northern ireland (£17,714). However, once mortgage borrowing is removed, average household borrowing was highest in Scotland (£4,171) and still lowest in Northern Ireland (£3,125). Source: Office for National Statistics.
Education Over half of 369 secondary schools in Scotland only offer fourth year pupils a choice of six courses under the new curriculum. Source: Dundee University.
The number of children kept at home in England for schooling has double in the last five years. Some 60,000 to 80,000 children are currently home-schooled in England. Source: Children’s Commissioner’s Office.
Allowing toddlers to spend a lot of time using screens could delay the development of language skills and sociability. Source: Canadian Paediatric Society.
Science Only 14% of rivers in the UK are in a healthy state. Water quality and fish are often damaged by sediment containing fertiliser chemicals. Source: The Rivers Trust.
January was a very dry month for most of the UK, with many places seeing less than half the expected rainfall. Source: Met Office.
A object which looks very much like a rubbish bag has been spotted floating about in space above Earth. The satellite is lightweight and believed to be a piece of metallic foil. It is taking a strange elliptical orbit – sometimes it’s as close as 600km to our planet, but then it swings around to be 1.4 times as far out as the Moon. Source: Northolt Branch Observatories.
UK emissions have declined from around 600m tonnes of carbon dioxide in 1990 to 367m tonnes in 2017. Source: Carbon Brief.
This year, the periodic table celebrates its 150th birthday. Created by Russian scientist, Dmitri Mendeleev, it now consists of 118 elements. Source: BBC.
Health Despite the NHS stockpiling medication, a no-deal Brexit would inevitable lead to shortages and possibly postponement of some operations. Source: University Hospitals Birmingham.
The rate of six of the cancers linked to obesity are rising at a much faster rate among 25-49-year-olds in the US than in older age groups. The six cancers are: kidney, pancreatic, gallbladder, multiple myeloma, uterine and colorectal. Source: American Cancer Society.
Researchers have found that a plant-based or vegan diet keeps us fuller for longer than that of a meat-based diet. Source: Nutrients.
Being genetically programmed to rise early may lead to greater well-being and a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression. Source: Medical Research Council.
A persistent sore throat accompanied with shortness of breath, trouble swallowing or earache could be caused by cancer and GPs should take this into consideration when diagnosing their patients. Source: University of Exeter.
Recreation Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been voted the UK’s favourite dog out of 217 possible breeds. The Staffie beat off competition from favourites including the Cockapoo, Labrador and Springer Spaniel. Source: ITV.
Facebook turned 15 years old on Monday. It is currently used by 1.5bn users each day. Source: Facebook.
70% of children, aged from 5-16 years old, have watched Netflix during the past week. Only 10% watch all programmes on a television set. ‘Friends’ is still the favourite TV programme for young people in the UK. Source: Childwise.
Oddities The best way to learn a new language is to study it for 15 minutes each dy. This method avoids information overload and corresponds well to the notion that our brains work best at absorbing seven new things at a time. Source: Babbel.
Around 40 former ‘Spitting Image’ puppets – including one of Margaret Thatcher – are going up for auction on 14 February in Hertfordshire. Source: PropStore.