Saturday, 19th June 2021

This Month's Magazine
Did you know that..?

Did you know that..?

A collection of useless but interesting extracts from different newspapers topics for after dinner conversation in Andalucia

One fifth of UK teens find problem solvinghard. Around a fifth of UK teenagers struggle to work with others to solve problems, suggestsa new international test. But one in eightreached the highest levels in the highest levelsin the OECD’s first assessment of collaborativeproblem solving. Overall, the UK ranked 15thout of more than 50 education systems. DailyMail

Loss of night affects nature worldwide. German researchers say the amount of artificiallight on Earth at night grew by 2% each yearbetween 2012 and 2016 – and they are warningthat the “loss of night” is causing problems for “flora, fauna and human well-being”. Muchof the increase in night brightness occurred in developing nations in South America, Africa and Asia. The Observer

Facebook now has more than 1.5 billion registered users for the first time ever - around half of the world’s internet-connectedpopulation. The good news saw Facebook’s share price soar, helping it break yet another company record - reaching a $300bn valuation for the first time. Daily Express

The foggiest place in the world is the Grand Banks off the island of Newfoundland, Canada, with over 200 foggy days each year. Fog is frequent here as the Grand Banks is the meeting place of the cold Labrador Current from the north and the much warmer GulfStream from the south. New York Times

Dog ownership slashes your chance of heart attack. Owning a dog significantly reduces the risk of heart attacks and other fatal conditions,according to a new study. Among people who live alone, owning a dog cuts the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 36%. In households with more than one person under the same roof, dogs lowered deaths from heart disease by 15%, the researchers revealed. Daily Mail


Sliced bread could become toast. Retail analysts have warned that sales of sliced loaves have fallen 12% over the past five years, owing in part to the trend for low-carb diets and gluten-free foods – and the availability of protein pots, salad bowls, sushi and other alternatives to sandwiches. The Independent

Buffet, Gates and Bezos richer than half US. US tycoons Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett are richer than the entire poorest half of America’s 320 million population, according to the Institute for Policy Studies, which warns thewidening gap between rich and poor has createda “moral crisis”. The think tank says DonaldTrump’s proposed tax changes will “exacerbate existing wealth disparities”. The Economist

The Last Post, a bugle call traditionally sounded on Remembrance Sunday and other memorials, dates from the 17th century and originated with British troops stationed in Holland. It became part of military funerals by the 19th century, symbolising the duty of the fallen soldier is done, and that he or she can rest in peace. The Sunday Times

The way we watch television has led to 'bingewatch’ being named Word of the Year 2015. A survey found that 92% of viewers admitted tobinge-watching - which means viewing more than three episodes of a series in one day. BBC

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