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Glasgow firm sails to the rescue with mobile app to help seafarers find work

A joint venture between a Scottish marine recruitment company and a Singapore-based software firm is to launch a mobile app that could revolutionise the lives of mariners around the world.

Tech
Hurricane Irma has devastated communities across Cuba and the Caribbean.

Scots tech start-up uses data to help hurricane victims

A tech start-up is looking to help those affected by hurricanes in the US and Caribbean by making freely available datasets which offer crucial information on the storms.

Tech
A trade union has called for renewable energy subsidies to be paid for from general taxation, but the UK and Scottish Government said subsidy payments would fall over time. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Who should pay for renewable energy subsidies in Scotland?

One of the UK’s largest trade unions has reignited the debate over how to pay for the development of the growing renewables sector after it called for an investigation into a “rip off wind farm racket” centred in Scotland.

Tech
Demonstrators protest at Ineos petrochemicals plant in Grangemouth as the first shipment of shale gas from the US arrives in the UK last September. Picture: Getty Images

Ilona Amos: Is “deformed” geology an insurmountable obstacle for fracking?

The size of the prize from fracking in Scotland may not be worth the effort, writes Ilona Amos

Opinion
A section of the Clyde Walkway collapsed at Anderston Quay in February 2013. Glasgow councillors now plan to spend 50 million to secure other quay walls along the river. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Glasgow pledges £50m to fix crumbling Clyde quay walls

A £50m programme to upgrade Glasgow’s crumbling quay walls along the Clyde has been announced to help secure more investment in the city’s riverside districts.

Companies
Renewables firms say they can 'ill afford further delays' to the NnG project. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Suppliers unite in support of £2bn Scottish wind farm

A group of about 30 Scottish supply-chain companies have come together in support of a £2 billion offshore wind farm ready to be built next year off the east coast of Scotland.

News
A livestock market in Bamako, Mali. Picture: Stevie Mann/Wikicommons

Edinburgh vets to improve health of farm animals in Africa

Veterinary researchers based in Scotland are working on a £5.5 million initiative to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tech
The habour buildings, first opened in 1807, will now be used to service a new  �2.6bn off-shore wind farm. Picture: Contributed

Historic Wick harbour buildings to become wind farm hub

It was built by the renowned 19th century civil engineer Thomas Telford to serve the then booming fishing industry in the north of Scotland.

Tech
Keen sportsman Jim Law believes his Find a Player app will allow more Scots get active by helping them find sports clubs near their homes. Picture: Contributed

Interview: Jim Law on the idea behind his Find a Player app

When Jim Law moved from the South Lanarkshire town of Strathaven to Glasgow in 2010 he was on the look-out for more than just a place to live. A keen sportsman, he was eager to keep up his regular routine of playing several games of five-a-side football and a few badminton matches each week.

Tech
A team from Possil health centre in Glasgow tend to their allotment box. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Edinburgh and Glasgow plan a community food growing revolution

Growing food while living in a city was previously the preserve of allotment holders or those fortunate enough to own a large garden.

Lifestyle
Sharing data between public bodies and private sector tech giants has the potential to revolutionise health provision the world over. Picture: Tony Marsh/TSPL

Dr Google will see you now: How data can revolutionise healthcare

It’s a Fringe show billed as both funny and informative. Doctor Google Will See You Now, which takes place as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, addresses the important issue of how shared data could help our health prospects - while still trying to entertain.

Tech
An online experiment to investigate whether humans can understand the meaning of ape gestures has been created by researchers at the University of St Andrews

Scots scientists begin study to find if modern man can still speak ape

Chimpanzees and bonobos are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, sharing almost 99 per cent of their genes with humans.

Environment
The �1 million project will examine ways of preventing hackers enticing people into downloading malware

Aberdeen university leads global project to battle cyber-attacks

A major international project to prevent organisations and businesses being hacked by cyber-attacks is being spearheaded by the University of Aberdeen.

Tech
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott (left) officially names the new Mairs Pier in Lerwick this week with harbour authority chairman Brian Anderson and chief executive Sandra Laurenson. Picture: John Couts

Lerwick harbour development a boost for Scotland’s fishing fleet

A multi-million pound expansion of Lerwick Harbour was officially opened this week as part of a long-term strategy to attract investment to Shetland and consolidate its role as a hub for the fishing and energy industries.

Tech
Electric charging stations on streets will only become the norm if the government and local authorities  pick up the gauntlet thrown down by the car industry. Picture: AFP/Getty

Martyn McLaughlin: Politicians must drive electric car revolution

Volvo’s decision to phase out traditional engines throws down the gauntlet to government, writes Martyn McLaughlin.

Opinion
5Plus Architects have devised proposals for 1,690 waterfront homes

Clyde regeneration plan could create 12,400 jobs

Ambitious plans to regenerate the Clydeside area between Glasgow and Renfrew have taken a step forward with the submission of two separate planning applications.

Tech
The bothy designed as a shrine to the M8. Picture: Eoin Carey

Artists unveil the urban bothy in Glasgow

Artists, architects and designers have come up with some novel solutions to the old question of how to transform Scotland’s post-industrial spaces.

Tech
Edinburgh International Conference Centre hosts the Turing Fest from 2 to 3 August. Picture: Contributed

Everything you need to know about the Turing Fest

Billed as Scotland’s “tech gathering”, Turing Fest returns to Edinburgh in August, with some 1,000 delegates expected to attend the two-day event to hear from a line-up of 50 speakers.

Tech
Scotland's first full-scale indoor vertical farm is being built at the James Hutton Institute near Dundee

Scotland’s first indoor vertical farm to start up in autumn

Scotland’s first indoor vertical farm is due to be up and running later this year.

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