FACTS OF THE DAY

19th December 2017

40% of council houses sold under the government’s Right To Buy scheme are now in the hands of private landlords and being rented out.

independent.co.uk

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45 million tons of electronic waste was generated in 2016 (including a million tons-worth of chargers), only 20% of which was recycled.

artstechnica.com

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A Scottish woman who is able to smell Parkinson’s disease is working with doctors to devise a new diagnostic test for the condition.

bbc.co.uk

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The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has bought the world’s most expensive home, a modern 50,000-square-foot chateau in France, for €275 million.

telegraph.co.uk

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The Pentagon has admitted secretly funding a UFO investigation programme from 2007 to 2012 with an annual budget of $22 million.

independent.co.uk

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British scientists have created the world’s tiniest Christmas card – it's so small that 200 million of them could fit onto a standard postage stamp.

reuters.com