Half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work. Source: BBC. The number of women having an extra-marital affair has gone up by 40% since the 1990s. The number of men having one hasn’t changed. Source: Perel. The number of domestic abuse incidents in Scotland increased by 1% to 58,810 last year. Source: Police Scotland. 4% of nurses and midwives in NHS Scotland are non-British EU nationals, as are 1,400 doctors. Source: Scottish Government. 6% of the care home workforce are non-British EU nationals. Source: Scottish Care. 65% of Scots are worried about their diet and 77% are concerned about food prices. Source: Food Standards Scotland. Despite incurring average travel costs of £1,700 each year, living 30 minutes outside Edinburgh can save commuters up to £86,000 in house prices. Source: Bank of Scotland. 30% of UK drivers – some 12m people – receive a penalty notice each year. Source: RAC Foundation. Around 67.8 million Americans – 21% of the population – read below a fifth-grade (10 to 11-year-old) reading level. Source: US Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy. Four of the 10 commandments – the requirement not to worship idols, use the Lord’s name in vain, have no other gods, and keep the Sabbath day holy – are no longer ‘important principles to live by’ for British Christians. Source: YouGov. Around 1.2m people over the age of 75 in the UK who do not currently drive would be able to do so using a driverless car. Source: Direct Line. The number of people living in the UK will rise to 73m in the next 25 years. Migration will account for most of the growth. Source: Office for National Statistics.
The number of women holding non-executive roles on boards at Scottish colleges rose from 32% in 2015 to 39% last year. Source: Colleges Scotland. 143,110 Scottish students received a record £834.8m in financial support from the Scottish Government the past year. Source: Scottish Government.
Credit card borrowing in the UK rose by 7.8% in the year to September 2017. Source: UK Finance. 20% of UK restaurants are at risk of going bust due to Brexit. Source: Moore Stephens. Global wine production fell by 8.2% this year, reaching a 50-year low. Source: International Organisation of Vine and Wine. Managers are significantly less likely to hire attractive-looking candidates for less desirable jobs and more likely to hire them for desirable ones. Source: London Business School. More than 3m people in the UK work through the night – a rise of 9% since 2012. Source: TUC. One in six people have changed jobs after experiencing 'unacceptable or inappropriate behaviour' and over half of those surveyed said they had been asked to do things that caused them unease. Source: Blueprint for Better Business.
Average concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere increased from 403.3 parts per million (ppm) in 2015 to 440ppm last year – a record high. Source: World Meteorological Organization. Switching to energy efficient LED street lights could save UK local authorities more than £200m. Source: 10:10 Climate Action. A 6,000-year-old skull found in Papua New Guinea is thought to have belonged to the world’s oldest-known tsunami victim. Source: University of New South Wales. The 50,000-year-old remains of a severely disabled Neanderthal shows that he survived into old age thanks to help from others – Neanderthals may have been more altruistic and social than previously thought. Source: Washington University. Fossils dating back 37m years have shown that early trees had a unique structure, far more intricate than the trees we see around us today; instead of having one extra ring per year, they had clusters of several rings. Source: University of Cardiff. Robots could repair potholes and solve other problems on the roads. Source: University of Leeds.
Death rates from cancer are 61% higher in the most deprived parts of Scotland than they are in more affluent areas. Over the last 10 years, the death rate from lung cancer in men has dropped by 23%, but in women by only 6%. Source: NHS Scotland. Glasgow is one of Britain's most polluted cities – worse than London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester. Source: World Health Organisation. The number of GP practices in Scotland has dropped from 1,027 in 2007 to 963 in 2016. Practice lists in the same period rose from an average of 5,280 to 5,880. Source: NHS Scotland. Taking aspirin regularly may have a protective effect on a number of cancers, including lung and prostate. Source: European Gastroenterology conference. Being married and having close friends may protect us against dementia. Source: Loughborough University. Common blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin, edoxaban or rivaroxaban can half the risk of dementia among people with an irregular heartbeat. Source: Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. Some lunchtime 'meal deals' sold by supermarkets and smaller shops contain up to 30 teaspoons of sugar. The worst example is Tesco's 'Smokehouse pulled chicken with mesquite-style sauce with a Monster energy drink and a Mars duo.' Source: Action on Sugar. Sleep deprivation causes weight gain. People who sleep for less than seven hours a night are likely to consume an extra 385 calories the next day. Source: King’s College London. Sleepwalkers have an 'autopilot’ mode which allows them to control their movement without thinking. Source: University of Central Lancashire. Children who use e-cigarettes are twice as likely to move on to normal cigarettes as those who don’t smoke anything. Source: University of Waterloo. Robots are no better at performing surgery than humans. Source: University of Leeds. Scandinavian squirrels hosting bacteria may have been carried across the North Sea by Vikings who kept them as pets and may have been responsible for bringing leprosy to the country. Source: University of Cambridge.
Men spend an average of four hours and 39 minutes each week on hobbies, while women spend only two hours 38 minutes on theirs. Women are more likely to be doing unpaid work in their spare time. Source: Office for National Statistics. The Brexit vote has made Britain one of the best-value holiday destinations in the world. Source: Lonely Planet. Exercising with a group makes people feel mentally and physically better than working out alone. Source: University of New England.
Great tits in the UK are developing longer beaks because of the extensive use of feeders. Source: Wageningen University. Children introduced to new food usually need to try it eight to 15 times before they accept and like it. Source: University of Birmingham. Dogs can tell how their owners are feeling by their sense of smell. Source: University of Naples. The Loch Ness monster remains the nation's favourite 'unexplained phenomenon' with the suicidal dogs at Overtoun Bridge, West Dunbartonshire, in fifth place. Source: Really TV.