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Glasgow to open Scotland’s first Olympic-standard BMX bike track

Work is underway to build the first Olympic-standard BMX bike track in Scotland, which will allow for elite-level competitions to be staged in the country on a regular basis.

A view over Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. One of the shortlisted FutureTown design envisages a new waterfront walkway built to encourage more leisure activities. Picture: TSPL

Scotland’s Towns Week 2017: FutureTown design shortlist unveiled

A shortlist of imaginative designs with the potential to transform 11 communities across Scotland has been revealed ahead of the third annual Scotland’s Towns Week.


Video: The numbers behind Scotland’s renewable energy drive

Scotland is on target to hit its 2020 target of powering 100% of the country’s electric appetite with renewable energy.

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The view that may soon be on offer to visitors with hi-tech VR headsets. Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Virtual reality headsets considered for Forth Road Bridge visitors

Virtual reality headsets to give Forth Road Bridge visitors the sensation of roaming the bridge and climbing the towers are being considered as part of tourism plans for the crossing.

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From left, St Kentigerns Academy pupils Amelia Hurdy, Harrison Dunne, Adam Walker, Kamil Golor and Clara O Callaghan launch the cyber skills programme. Picture: Chris Watt

Scots pupils urged to become next generation of cyber crime fighters

From businesses to families, we are all sharing increasing amounts of information online.

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Industrial hemp will be grown in Scotland to make the new generation building materials. PIC: Contributed.

Cannabis to be grown in East Lothian for building materials

A field of cannabis plants will be grown in East Lothian to support a new generation of building materials that are being made in Scotland from hemp.

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Dr Ann Rajnicek and Dr Wenlong Huang of Aberdeen University

Silk from worms could treat spinal injuries, say Scots scientists

Modified silk from Asian wild silkworms could be used to help repair damaged spinal cords, scientists in Scotland have found.

The former Carless oil refinery near Old Kilpatrick has lain empty since 1992. Picture: Contributed

Malin Group plans marine technology hub on the banks of the Clyde

It is a vast brownfield site on the north bank of the Clyde that has lain empty for decades.

Chief scientific adviser Professor Sheila Rowan (centre) with Deputy first minister John Swinney and science minister Shirley-Anne Somerville. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Scotland must become a STEM nation, says minister

An action plan to boost enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Scotland has been revealed.

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Researchers claim the device would reduce the damage and residual drifts that can leave buildings uninhabitable. Picture: Wikicommons

Scots scientists develop earthquake-proof device to save buildings

Engineers at a Scottish university have designed a “sacrificial device” for buildings that will absorb the impact of earthquakes or blasts.

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Dalry primary school pupils Kelly Zheng (right), 10, and Jennifer Shek, nine, work together on a digital animation project in Edinburgh. Picture: Tom Finnie

BT joins forces with Digital Xtra Fund to inspire young Scots

A digital skills charity has launched a new partnership with a communications giant to help make more extracurricular computing science activities available to young people across Scotland.

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Scotland is set to have a deposite system for empty drink containers. Picture: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

James Mackenzie: Deposit system welcome – but we must go further

A deposit system would help clean up our streets but it wouldn’t solve our waste issue, says James Mackenzie

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Edinburgh robot could help autistic adults find work

Edinburgh robot could help autistic adults find work

A robot which teaches people key facial expressions could help boost the employment outlook for autistic adults, researchers have claimed.

Sam Whitten, founder of Hemp Eyewear, produces eyewear frames made from hemp - a sustainable and biodegradable and lighter alternative to plastic. Picture: Contributed

Hemp eyewear designer joins accelerator programme at ECCI

It’s the sustainable material that’s been in use for more than 10,000 years.

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The prototype passenger pod. Picture: Hyperloop One

Edinburgh to London in ‘45 minutes’ - Branson reveals Hyperloop plans

Sir Richard Branson has invested in a Hyperloop firm which he claims will transport passengers between London and Scotland in 45 minutes.

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Rory Alexander. Picture: Contributed

Rory Alexander: It’s decision time for City Deals in Scotland

Effective governance is crucial if City Deals are to work to their full potential in Scotland, writes Rory Alexander

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Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney on the opening day of the SNP annual conference in Glasgow. Picture: AFP/Getty

Scots workers to be offered £20,000 to retrain as STEM teachers

Scots workers are to be offered £20,000 deals to change career and retrain as teachers in key technical subjects such as maths and science, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced.

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A new wave of robotic technology could herald a major shift to the way construction sites are manned. Picture: PA

Robots could soon revolutionise Scotland’s construction industry

Down on a building site, Sam’s arms are flying and bricks are piling up, one on top of the other. Blink and there’s another wall.

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Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Polly Purvis: Now is the time to launch a tech business in Scotland

It is essential we have the right environment to increase the number of digital tech companies in Scotland, writes Polly Purivs

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