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Big Ideas

Home Office rules out SNP call for medicinal cannabis use

The legalisation of cannabis for medical use in Scotland remains unlikely, despite winning the backing of the SNP conference in Glasgow.

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Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, says the Holyrood should devolve more power to the city. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Glasgow leader calls for devolution of powers from Holyrood

More powers should be devolved to Glasgow from Holyrood in order to transform its economy, the leader of the city council has said.

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Jenny Constable won't let online trolls prevent her from joining in debates. Picture: Contributed

Jenny Constable: I received rape threats for commenting on Ched Evans case

More needs to be done to tackle online trolls who use social media platforms to post abusive messages to women, writes Jenny Constable

Tech 4
The level crossing on the railway at Millhall Road, Stirling, with the blue light in place that aims to deter people from attempting suicide. Picture: Andrew OBrien

‘Calming’ blue lights signal bid to prevent railway suicides

Calming blue lighting is being trialled in an effort to reduce the soaring number of suicides on Scotland’s rail network.

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A view across Falkirk town centre. The competition is open to ideas on how to improve towns across Scotland. Picture: Michael Gillen/JP Resell

Scotland’s Towns Week: Could you help redesign your hometown?

A competition is inviting individuals and organisations to submit their vision for the future of their hometowns.

Gaelic wikipedia.

Gaelic wikipedia being developed with help of experts

The ancient Gaelic language of Scotland is being supported by one of the modern world’s most popular websites in an ambitious initiative to develop it online.

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Simon Howard with a catch of mussels in Loch Fyne.
 Picture: Neil Hanna/TSPL

Eating more mussels could boost Vitamin D levels in Scots

Mussels will be eaten up to three times a week by volunteers in a new study to establish if the shellfish could boost Vitamin D levels in Scots.

Tech 2
Sumdog partnership adds up for Glasgow primary schools

Sumdog partnership adds up for Glasgow primary schools

A partnership between Scotland’s largest local authority and an Edinburgh-based social enterprise is aiming to improve primary pupils’ proficiency in maths via a globally popular educational game.

Tech 1
More than 4,300 wells are to be plugged over the next 40 years. Picture: Hemedia/SWNS

North Sea oil rig decommissioning a taxing priority in Aberdeen

For the man leading the £40 billion dismantling of North Sea oil and gas production, there are three certainties in life – death, taxes and decommissioning.

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A cyclist tries out a new cycle path in George Street, Edinburgh. Picture: Toby Williams/JP Resell

Which Scottish city will be the most cycle-friendly by 2020?

With the latest figures showing cycling rates have fallen, there is a growing demand for Scotland’s cities to make themselves more bike-friendly.

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New housing in Easterhouse. The district in the east end of Glasgow has been substantially rebuilt in the past 15 years. Picture: Contributed.

Easterhouse the latest Glasgow district to be transformed

It was built with high hopes of providing a better life for Glasgow residents living in pre-war slums, but became more notorious for social problems than the tenements it replaced.

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Douglas White, head of advocacy at the Carnegie UK Trust. Picture: Contributed

Douglas White: We must all tackle the digital divide

One of the top challenges of this digital century is how we harness technology to create a more equal society.

Young cattle on the beach at East Kilbride, South Uist. Rocks from the island have provided a clue to life on Mars. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

Ancient rocks from Hebrides offer clue to life on Mars

Ancient rocks from the Western Isles have offered scientists “a tantalising clue” that Mars could potentially support life.

Image of the planned marina for the south end of the canal. Picture: Contributed

Caledonian Canal marina plans suffer setback

BACKERS of a £3million project to build a marina at the southern end of the Caledonian Canal in Lochaber have withdrawn their planning application.

Tech 1
Graeme Jarron of Ogilvy Spirits and his wife Caroline are Scotland's first potato vodka producers. Picture: Contributed.

How Scotland could save £1.5bn by switching from a disposable culture

Scotland’s economy could be boosted by at least £1.5bn a year by shifting away from our disposable culture with the potential to create a whole new generation of jobs, products and services as a result, it has been claimed.

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Should Scotland compete more for tech business? Picture: WikiCommons

Calum Lamont: Can Scotland compete with Ireland for tech business?

Following Apple’s £11bn tax case across the Irish Sea, Calum Lamont looks at the the similarities between the Scottish and Irish technology sectors.

Tech 1
Sculptor Sandy Stoddart in his studio in Paisley. Picture: Robert Perry

Edinburgh architects’ effect on skyline compared to ISIS

MODERN architects have been accused of rampaging around Scotland’s capital like ISIS, by one of the Queen’s official artists.

Nicola Sturgeon promised a second oil boom. Picture; Getty

Ian Murray: GERS statistics a reality check on independence

On Tuesday, the SNP government published an analysis showing that Brexit could cost Scotland over £11 billion. But they have failed to produce a similar analysis of the economic risks of independence.

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£33m sports facility at Strathclyde University given green light

Plans to develop a new multi-million-pound sports and health facility at the University of Strathclyde have been approved.

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Data Scientists are in demand all across the UK. Picture: John Devlin.

How to build the perfect data scientist

A data scientist is someone who is highly adept at studying large amounts of often unorganised and undigested data.

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