9th November 2018

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The average child will have 1,300 photos and videos of them online by the time they’re 13. These new findings from the Children’s Commissioner highlight concerns that personal information about a child is accessible online even before they’re born, when news about their arrival is shared online. Between the ages of 11 and 18, the average child is likely to have posted 70,000 times on social media. It raises questions about how their lives will be affected, with company giants constantly collecting data. Huffington Post

What do you think about a tax on red meat? There is a question mark over whether politicians should tell people what to eat, but the reasons behind it are compelling. According to researchers, it could prevent almost 6,000 deaths a year and save more than £700m in UK healthcare costs. Eating red meat leads to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and the risks of eating processed meats are even higher. There is also a growing concern about the damage farming livestock is doing to the environment. BBC News

Screen time might not affect our sleep as much as we think. A new study on children has found that the link between screen time and hours of shuteye is ‘extremely modest’. Results showed a difference of only 30 minutes or so of sleep between those who used devices eight hours a day and those who didn’t use them at all. However, it is still thought that using them just before bed can have a major impact on your sleep quality. Science Daily

An AI ‘presenter’ is reading the news in China. He wears a suit, uses hand gestures and reads out the news as you would expect. The only difference with this newsreader and all other TV presenters is he’s a robot. ‘Working’ for Xinhua News, China’s state news agency, he reads text typed into a system. BBC News

More than 7,000 people still watch black and white TV. We’ve had colour broadcasting for over half-a-century now, but that hasn’t stopped over 7,000 people tuning in to the monochrome equivalent. The reminder of old times and a TV licence costing just £50.50 – a third of the price of colour option – are thought to be big draws. London has the highest number of residents watching black and white TV, followed by Manchester. Radio Times

The Egyptian’s used ramps to help build the pyramids. Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be ancient ramps used by the original builders to carry the huge Alabaster blocks that make up the pyramids. They also discovered staircases lined with holes either side of the ramps, which are thought to have held poles with ropes to help drag the slabs. Sky News

Finland sets the pace for second-hand shopping. Across the country, second-hand furniture stores are popping up – but they’re not your usual small independently-run shops. A growing network of not-for-profit re-use supermarkets named Kierrätyskeskus is building a true recycling culture in Finland. The stores sell everything from clothes to electrical goods and furniture to toys, and the receipt shows customers how much natural resources they’ve saved from buying the items second-hand. BBC News

Bad news for vegans who enjoy a tipple – most wines, beers and ciders contain animal products. They usually contain either gelatine (made from a collagen of bones), cochineal (from beetle shells) or isinglass (from fish swim bladders). These will be used as fining agents or for colouring. Worcester sauce, some cereals and most sweets are also non-vegan. The good news for vegans is there are lots of 100% plant-based alternatives out there. BBC Three

A Dutch man wants to be 20 years younger – legally. The 69-year-old identifies as being 49 and wants his preferred date of birth to be recognised in the eyes of the law. He says he feels discriminated against, and his age is preventing him from buying a property, driving certain cars, getting more jobs and having the success he wants on dating apps, like Tinder. We’ll find out the verdict in four weeks. The Telegraph


Stat of the week

David Attenborough has an 87% approval rating from the British public, according to YouGov. This makes him the nation’s favourite public figure. Unsurprisingly, his Blue Planet and Blue Planet II documentaries have proven to play a big part in his popularity. Tom Hanks is our second favourite figure, gaining an 84% rating, followed by Steven Spielberg who received an 82% vote. YouGov

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