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Scots emissions to be cut by 66% in 15 years under latest plan

Greenhouse gas emissions will be slashed by two thirds from 1990 levels in the next 15 years under the Scottish Government’s new action plan to tackle global warming.

Environment 21
The Cromarty Firth has long been used for anchorage when oil prices fall and the need for rigs is diminished. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Small pools offer big advantage to Scotland’s oil industry

Learning to exploit the potential of untapped ‘small pools’ of oil and gas could offer a lifeline to Scotland’s offshore industry, experts predict.

Tech
Podcasting has become popular with all ages as the technology required becomes cheaper and easier to use. Picture: JP Resell

From football to knitting: the rise of the Scottish podcast

It’s a format made popular by the likes of Ricky Gervais and Mark Kemode that competes with traditional radio programmes for listeners.

Tech 1
Personal details of numerous Scots anti-fascist protestors have been shared online. Picture: Greg Macvean

Scots activist hits out at Google over ‘right to be forgotten’

A political campaigner whose picture was published on a notorious far-right website has failed in their bid to have Google remove it from search engine results.

Tech 6
Rsearch suggests girls at school look positively at digital technology subjects and careers.

Evelyn Walker: Tech full of opportunities for Scots women

Digital jobs beckon if we can bridge the gender divide in our classroom, writes Evelyn Walker

Tech 1
The Edinburgh Remakery's computer expert Sotiris Katsimbas. Picture: Iain McLean

Scotland named one of world’s top ‘circular economy’ nations

From beer made from old bread rolls to industrial paint created from vegetable roots, Scotland is forging ahead in the race to turn what we throw away into something new and useful.

News 5
Longannet power station in Fife was once the largest coal-fired facility of its kind in Europe. Picture: Michael Gillen/JP

Richard Dixon: Scotland could be a world leader on the environment

Many people would rather forget 2016 and its catalogue of mistakes, disasters and deaths.

Opinion 24
Virtual reality headsets will beome an increasingly common educational tool, says Duncan Logan. Picture: Frantzesco Kangaris/PA Wire

Duncan Logan: The top tech trends to watch out for in 2017

Duncan Logan knows a thing or two about identifying tech innovations ready for take off.

Tech 1
Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, says digital tech firms are thinking bigger. Picture: Lisa Ferguson/TSPL

Polly Purvis: Scotland’s tech sector is thinking bigger

What lies ahead for Scotland’s digital tech sector in 2017, asks Polly Purvis

Tech 1
Head Teacher Rod Grant shares his view on the Scottish curriculum.

Comment: Get learning environment right, then attainment will improve

So, Scotland has fallen down international education rankings for core school subjects, according to a major world study (PISA).

Opinion 2
Chinese tourists Shimy Fangfang and John Zuoming admire a Castle guard's kilt.

Tourism body taps into Chinese social network

Edinburgh tourism chiefs are to use Chinese social networks such as Weibo to try to tap into the lucrative Chinese visitor market.

Media & Leisure 3
Remote communities such as Breanais, in the Uig area of Lewis, often struggle with poor internet connection speeds. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

Rural communities could be given cash vouchers for broadband

Rural communities with poor broadband could be given cash vouchers to spend on their own internet providers under proposals being considered by the Westminster Government.

Tech 1
CENSIS, a centre of excellence for sensor and imaging systems technologies, opened in Glasgow in 2013. Picture: Contributed

Censis helps Scots firms embrace the Internet of Things

A university works van cruises down the steep slope of North Portland Street in Glasgow city centre on its way to another maintenance job.

Tech
Edinburgh could become a hub for fintech start-ups, says one industry expert. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor/JP Resell

Sarah Ronald: Why fintech startups should look to Scotland

Edinburgh is becoming a global fintech capital, making it the perfect time for ambitious startups to move their operations to Scotland, writes Sarah Ronald

Tech
HMS Forth outside the BAE shipyard in Govan. Two more offshore patrol vessels will be built at the same complex. Picture: Bob Shaw/BAE

Scots tech firms urged to join defence industry push

Ministers have launched a drive to encourage small hi-tech businesses to join larger firms in creating an innovative future for the UK defence industry.

Tech
Cities such as Glasgow must improve their connectivity if they are to become true digital hubs. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Jean-Donan Olliero: How to make Scotland’s cities smart

The cities of the future will rely on advanced connectivity, but there remains much work to be done in Scotland, writes Jean-Donan Olliero

Tech
A visualisation of how Prestwick's spaceport might look. Picture: Prestwick Airport

First Prestwick space flights predicted for 2019

Space flights could start from Prestwick Airport in three years' time, its spaceport development director predicted today.

Tech 67
New car electric charging stations installed in the car park at Fountain Park in Edinburgh. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Scottish Government ‘should set a date to scrap petrol cars’

Scotland needs a “revolution” in zero-carbon transport on its roads if it is to meet demanding emissions targets, including a deadline for banning all petrol and diesel engines, environmentalists and businesses have said.

Politics 52
Craig Buchan, founder of Qpal. Picture: Michal Wachucik

Contactless payments are the future, says Qpal founder

Mobile payments will soon become the norm across the UK with chip and pin viewed as painfully slow in comparison.

Tech
Students must embrace new ways of learning, says Joshua Ryan-Saha. Picture: Jane Barlow

Joshua Ryan-Saha: Universities must reimagine learning for data age

In today’s digital world, we should look at our traditional institutions and ask whether they will meet the demands of the future, says Joshua Ryan-Saha

Tech 1
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