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‘Majestic pull’ of Edinburgh is attracting tech start-ups

Capital’s historic attractions can help attract cutting edge start-ups to the city in a competitive marketplace, writes Chris McCall

Tech
Sophie Martin, principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, in What Dreams We Have. Picture: David Eustace

Dance: Behind the scenes of Scottish Ballet’s new digital season

Scottish Ballet’s new digital season allows the company to experiment and stay connected with fans around the world

Theatre
There has been a growing interest in the cultivation of seaweeds for a variety of uses. Picture: Ian Georgeson/TSPL

Scottish seaweed industry prepares for commercial future

The first set of policy guidelines for the commercial cultivation of seaweed in Scotland have been published.

Environment 1
Nuria Oliver, head of research in data science at Vodafone, addresses the inaugural Data Summit at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Picture: Simon Williams

How mobile phones could save lives in the developing world

Tech firms in Scotland have been challenged to help turn big data into a force for social good, writes Chris McCall

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With around 150 companies and a combined turnover of �1 billion, Scotland already has a vibrant and growing data sciences sector. Picture: John Devlin

David Smith: More support for Scotland’s growing data sector

A new programme of support will allow Scots firms to capitalise on data, writes David Smith

Tech 1
Skyscanner is a Scottish digital tech success story. The number of jobs in the wider sector could rise to 150,000 by 2021. Picture: Contributed

Digital strategy could lead to tech jobs boost in Scotland

The digital technology workforce in Scotland could rise to 150,000 by 2021 as ministers place the sector at the centre of the country’s economic future.

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Companies in every sector rely on data to sell their products and services. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Hugh Aitken: EU data transfer deal crucial to Scots businesses

An EU data transfer deal is essential to Scottish business success, writes Hugh Aitken

Tech
Ruth Wilson and Rafe Spall in the National Theatre production of Hedda Gabler, which was screened as an Encore event at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. 
Picture: Jan Versweyveld

Rise of live streaming poses questions for Scottish theatre

The growing popularity of live streaming performances poses questions for Scottish theatres as well as audiences, writes Katie Hawthorne

Tech 1
Scientists based at the University of Dundee's school of life sciences reported the breakthrough on Monday. Picture: Contributed

Dundee scientists use ‘kiss of death’ to target disease

Scientists have reported a major breakthrough in targeting the causes of diseases by using a “kiss of death” technique to destroy proteins which had previously been regarded as undruggable.

Tech
Williams' designs on the building fence of Projekt U5 - a line extension which closes the gap in the U-Bahn between east and west Berlin. Picture: Contributed

Berlin U-Bahn on track for Aberdeenshire illustrator’s work

All artists want their work to be appreciated by as many people as possible.

Tech 3
The safe standing section at Celtic Park was opened in July 2016. Picture: SNS

Will more clubs follow Celtic and introduce safe standing?

Florida, a state more associated with sunshine holidays than football culture, has this week been attracting envious glances from followers of the beautiful game on this side of the pond.

Tech 6
Driverless vehicle trials have already begun in several locations around the UK. Picture: Contributed

Budget 2017: Disruptive technologies win funding boost

Robots and driverless cars are among the “disruptive technologies” to receive additional funding, the Chancellor has said.

Tech 2
The role of city architect helps bring a cohesion to cities such as Copenhagen, proponents argue. Picture: Wikicommons

City architect role could bring harmony to Glasgow planning

It was once a prestigious civic appointment common in all major cities across the UK.

Art 4
Stoffel Vandoorne in action for the McLaren Honda Formula 1 team during winter testing in Spain. F1 technology could boost Scotland's energy sector. Picture: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

F1 technology could fast track North Sea industry recovery

North Sea oil and gas companies could “fast track” innovation in the struggling sector by learning from Formula 1 design teams, a racing expert has said.

Tech 2
Craig Bannatyne appeared in court to admit indecency offences.

Scottish courts service calls for ‘digital transformation’

Criminal court hearings could be held online as part of radical plans to shake up Scotland’s justice system.

News 2
Top of the android hit-list is middle-management, says one tech expert.

Could your job be lost due to advances in technology?

Salespeople and spreadsheet jockeys will be the first jobs to hit the scrapheap due to advances in technology, according to a leading technology expert.

Tech

Scientific legacy of Dolly the sheep remembered 20 years on

Two decades on from Dolly the sheep’s dramatic introduction to the world, researchers from the Roslin Institute have been reflecting on her remarkable scientific legacy.

Tech
Commercial annimators work across several Scottish business sectors including advertising, architecture and video games design. Picture: Wikicommons

Move Summit to celebrate Scotland’s animation industry

It’s been described as Scotland’s “overlooked” creative industry, despite working on some of the best-known films and video games of recent years.

Culture
The play "Girl in the Machine" will be part of the science festival strand looking at the impact of new technology on modern-day life.

Edinburgh science festival to explore tech dangers

The pitfalls and perils of new technology will be laid bare at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tech
The paper CV remains a vital tool of recruitment. Picture: TSPL

Gordon Kaye: Paper CVs remain important in digital world

The traditional CV remains a vital tool in the recruitment world despite the rise of services such as LinkedIn, writes Gordon Kaye

Markets Economy
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