FACTS OF THE DAY

October 31st 2017

The US has the highest maternal mortality rate of all industrialised countries – almost four times the European average.

qz.com

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Ford engineers have designed a robot bottom that simulates a large man getting in and out of the driver’s seat in a Fiesta for ten years: it’s called the Robutt.

newatlas.com

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Scientists at the University of Basel and University College, London have developed a super-sensitive scale capable of weighing a single cell.

newatlas.com

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Historians now believe that Martin Luther never nailed his 95 theses to the church door - he sent them by post to the archbishop.

qz.com

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Kazakhstan is to switch from a Cyrillic to a Latin alphabet, with the result that its name will probably be spelt Qazaqstan.

slate.com

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Saudi women are to be allowed into sports stadiums for the first time.

telegraph.co.uk

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In the 10 years since PetroChina, the world’s first trillion-dollar company, began trading, it has lost $800 billion in value – the world’s largest shareholder loss.

bloomberg.com