Statistic of the week. In the five months from June, more than 24,000 attempts were made to access “inappropriate” websites from the Houses of Parliament – even though Parliament was not sitting for much of that time. That amounts, on average, to 160 a day. Allegedly, most were accidental. The Times
Why a tipple may benefit your brain. Drinking two glasses of wine a day could be good for brain – and may even stave off Alzheimer’s a study suggests. Researchers found
that consuming 1.5 pints of beer or two glasses of wine a day may reduce inflammation of the brain and help to clear toxins, including some which have been linked to dementia. However, the study involved mice, not humans…! Scientific Reports
Brexiteers plot 'dream team' of Boris, Gove and Mogg. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg are being lined up as a "dream team" by Brexiteer plotters. The Tory trio are reportedly planning to bid for power if Theresa May decides to remain in the customs union. However, under the headline "all for one, and none for all?". The Sunday Times.
Support for second EU referendum grows. British voters support the idea of a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to an ICM survey for The Guardian. The study found 47% of people would favour having a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK’s departure are clear, while 34% oppose reopening the question. The research also
found that 43% of voters are worried Brexit will have a negative effect on the UK economy. The Guardian
Prostate cancer kills more than breast cancer. Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the deadliest form of the disease in the UK, new research has revealed. Prostate cancer now kills 11,819 men every year, while breast cancer kills 11,442 women. Breast cancer death rates have been reduced by a national screening programme and significant research. Daily Telegraph.
Children like digital assistants. A report has found that 42% of children aged nine to 16 use voice recognition technology, such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. These are often useful for helping with homework, but the report warns that barking out orders to the devices risks making children less polite: the likes of Alexa do not demand a “please” or a “thank you”. The Times
More men going under the knife. Women are shunning plastic surgery for less invasive treatments. New figures show that the number of female facelifts dropped 44% last year, while brow lifts fell by nearly a third. Among men, however, the procedures are becoming more popular: facelifts were up 16% and brow lifts 27%. The Independent
Rival snaps younger users from Facebook. Facebook is losing younger users to rival Snapchat, according to a new study. The research, by eMarkerter, found that in the UK, the number of users aged between 12 and 24 who are regularly logging in to Facebook is on track to fall by 700,000 to 6.7 million this year, leaving the company with just 71% of the market share. However, 43% of British teenagers will log in to Snapchat - more than double the numbers in 2015. The Economist