Society 19.3% of recorded victims of domestic abuse in Scotland in 2016/17 were male. Those aged from 41-50 years old were most affected, with 2,478 cases recorded. Source: Police Scotland.
Life expectancy in the UK has stopped increasing for the first time since records began in 1982. For women, it is 82.9 years, and for men, it’s 79.2 years. For women and men in Scotland, it has declined by just over a month. Source: Office for National Statistics.
A study which compared the strength and fitness of 10-year-olds in Essex between 1998 and 2014 has found that children are weaker and less fit than they used to be. Although children had become heavier and taller, they scored worse in tests of grip strength and sit-ups. Source: Essex University.
Teenagers in Scotland are consuming far less alcohol than previously. From 2002 to 2014, weekly drinking among 15-year-olds declined from 41% to 11% in girls, and from 41% to 14% in boys. Source: St Andrews University.
32% of Brits think that all people serving in the armed forces should be described as heroes, regardless of their experience or role. The same opinion is held by 50% of Americans and only 15% of Germans. On the other hand, 6% of Brits think that no-one in the armed forces should be referred to as a hero. For Americans and Germans, this figure was 5% and 30% respectively. Source: YouGov.
A survey has suggested that the dictionary definition of ‘feminine’ has evolved over the years and should be changed to include traits such as 'independent’, 'loyal’, 'compassionate’ and 'being able to speak your own mind.’ At present, the Oxford dictionary defines feminine as relating to characteristics like 'delicacy and sweetness.' Source: Always Platinum.
Economy AA have suffered a pre-tax profit decline of 65% – down to £28m – in the first six months of 2018. Reasons given include extreme weather and a 'pothole epidemic.' Source: AA.
Revenues made by Manchester United have reached a new record of £590m in the year up to the end of June, due to a 5.2% increase in earnings from TV rights. Source: Manchester United.
Education Only 6% of young people brought up in care in the UK go on to university. Source: BBC.
15% of university students around the world are thought to have cheated in exams or coursework during the past four years – up from 3.5% over the past 40 years. Some 31m have paid someone else to complete academic work for them. Source: Swansea University.
Science Each council and local authority in the UK has a different policy for plastic recycling and there are currently 39 rules for what can and can’t be put in plastic recycling collections. Scotland is aiming to recycle 70% of its waste by 2025. Source: Wrap Data.
47% of households argue about what plastic they can, and should, recycle. Source: BBC.
A new satellite called Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) is being used to give better tracking and forecasting information on hurricanes as they travel across Earth’s oceans. Source: European Space Agency.
The vegetation in East Antarctica is changing rapidly because of climate change. A drying climate has caused the green lush mosses which grow each summer to turn red or grey and show signs of stress. Source: Wollongong University.
Archaeologists are currently analysing ancient ruins found in the Israeli wilderness. They hope to prove that a nomadic people did indeed travel there 3,000 years ago – as the story of Moses liberating Israeli slaves from Egypt in Exodus suggests. Source: Ariel University.
Health Eating a Mediterranean diet consisting of fruit, vegetables, grains, fish, nuts and olive oil could help prevent depression. Source: University College London.
A patient in the UK has received a pioneering form of radiotherapy using a Magnetic Resonance Linear Accelerator (MR Linac) machine. It’s hoped that this new method will enable radiotherapy to be delivered more accurately and effectively than ever before. Radiotherapy is used in the treatment of 40% of people who are cured of cancer. Source: Medical Research Council.
People who go on diets involving low-calorie soups, shakes and regular counselling lose three times more weight than those on conventional diet plans. Source: Oxford University.
Recreation 42% of the public believe that restaurants should display the calorie count of every meal that they serve and that it would be beneficial to counter obesity. 42% don’t think they should and that the policy would be detrimental to small businesses. Source: YouGov.
Allowing children to spend more than two hours on their phones or watching TV can damage their brain power and development. Children who spend the most time on such devices have a 5% lower cognitive function than others. Source: CHEO Research Institute.
Oddities One in six male workers admit that they don’t always wash their hands after going to the loo at work. Source: YouGov.
A new app enables its users to scan a friend’s face and place it onto your own. You can then talk, smile and interact with a camera while looking like your friend. Source: Flesh Mesh.