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Martyn McLaughlin: Facebook must lift the veil over its censorship policies

The social media firm’s culture has not kept pace with its explosive global growth, writes Martyn McLaughlin

Common Scoter. Picture: RSPB

‘Floating islands’ set to save rare duck at Highland lochs

A partnership of organisations from industry and the conservation sector has come together in a bid to save the common scoter as a breeding bird in the Highlands of Scotland.

Dr Gabriela Medero of Heriot-Watt University. Picture: Lesley Martin

Gabriela Medero: Change in perception could help tackle STEM inequality

It’s no secret the number of women studying and working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects is woefully low.

Edinburgh is highly rated as a base for tech start-ups. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Edinburgh ‘best city in the UK to launch a start-up’

Edinburgh has been named as the best city in the UK to launch a start-up - ahead of London, Bristol and Glasgow, a survey has found.

Dr Colin Adams, director of commercialisation at Edinburgh Universitys school of informatics from 2006-2016

How to make your money work by investing in Scottish tech

Ahead of the 2017 Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) investor showcase at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, three industry experts explain why the time is right to back the growing tech sector.

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Engineers clear cones from the M8 'missing link' before its opening this month. Picture: SWNS

Infrastructure projects worth £6.4 billion underway in Scotland

Infrastructure projects worth almost £6.4 billion will be under construction throughout Scotland in 2017, a report has found.

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Kishorn dry dock was last used in 1994, but will be brought back to life for a floating windfarm project. Picture: Contributed

Kishorn dry dock reopens after 23 years for wind farm project

A dry dock last used in 1994 will reopen after an agreement was signed today to use the site for the construction of the world’s largest floating wind farm.

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Games studio ImmersiveMinds spent more than 125 hours to make the scale map

St Kilda recreated in Minecraft to mark World Heritage Day

It was once Scotland’s most isolated community, a remote archipelago in the Atlantic whose last residents were famously evacuated at their own request in 1930.

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GP Live has been developed at Aberdeen University. Pic: JP

Scottish medical students to benefit from digital GP link-up

A pioneering digital learning initiative that aims to encourage new medical students to consider a career in general practice has brought the GP surgery into the classroom.

Industry research suggests women make up just 18 per cent of the tech workforce in Scotland. Picture: Wikicommons

Digital tech firms offered advice on hiring more women

Digital tech businesses in Scotland are being encouraged to sign up for a programme designed to give employers advice on how to increase the number of women working in the sector.

Despite huge growth, Swedes still feel society is unfair

Donald Anderson: Scotland’s smart cities set to prosper

A 1955 survey of public opinion showed that 13 per cent of Swedes thought there were ‘intolerable conditions’ in society.

The Scottish Government said Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles between them possess the ability to produce high-quality renewable energy. Picture: John Devlin

Scottish and UK ministers meet to discuss islands renewables

The Westminster Government must recognise the “vital importance” of island renewables to the UK energy market, Scotland’s energy minister said today ahead of talks with his UK counterpart.

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Kenny Logan is on a mission to help children with dyslexia following his own experiences at school. Picture: Greg Macvean/TSPL

Kenny Logan takes bold STEP to help children with dyslexia

It should have been a trip to savour. But for a young Kenny Logan, a tour of Australia with the Scotland rugby team was filled with dread.

An estimated 100,000 viewers were able to watch a Scottish Cup replay between Hibs and Hearts despite no television network broadcasting the match. Picture: Ian Georgeson/TSPL

Scottish football ponders action against Periscope broadcasts

It’s one of the most popular live video streaming apps on the smartphone market, created with a vision of allowing activists around the world to film political demonstrations in real time.

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A student is using the grim experience of being homeless in London to drive his ambition of helping north Edinburghs jobless get to grips with digital technology

Bike thieves urged to become ‘digital pioneers’

Motorbike thieves are being urged to become digital pioneers – by using their “transferable skills”.

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A virtual reconstruction of the Roman fort at Bar Hill, once part of the Antonine Wall defences, near the present day town of Kilsyth in North Lanarkshire. Image:  Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation

Antonine Wall brought back to life using virtual reconstruction

The Antonine Wall and the Roman forts built to protect it are being brought back to life thanks to cutting-edge technology.

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Edinburgh is attracting tech start-ups from across the UK, such as big data specialists Brainnwave. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor/JP Resell

‘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

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

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.

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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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