FACTS OF THE DAY

17 October 2017

Revised figures issued by the Office for National Statistics show that the UK is £490 billion poorer than previously thought.

telegraph.co.uk

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The number of slaves reported in the UK has trebled in the last six years.

theguardian.com

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Offshore wind turbines have an average of 4.3 tonnes of mussels clinging to each of their legs.

economist.com

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A new kind of concrete developed in Canada can be sprayed onto existent buildings to make them resistant to earthquakes.

newatlas.com

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In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, US insurance companies have received damage claims for around 360,000 vehicles.

bloomberg.com

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Big Ben could have continued to chime outside working hours, in the evenings and at weekends, but the parliamentary authorities refused to pay overtime.

telegraph.co.uk