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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 2
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.

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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.

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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.

Tech 3
Fifers will see two specially adapted dual-fuel bin lorries come into service as part of an innovative new green energy project based at Methil docks

Pioneering green energy project switches on at Methill docks

A pioneering green energy project that will see quieter, less polluting bin lorries on Scottish streets and provide eco-friendly power to local businesses has become operational.

Environment 2
This artist's impression shows how the CityTree will look when it is installed in Killermont Street this week.

Living sculptures to tackle toxic fumes in Glasgow city centre

Living sculptures are to be installed in Glasgow city centre in an effort to clean up toxic air pollution.

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Research on students playing video games suggests they may help with a range of skills useful in the workplace.

Video games may boost brain power and job prospects

Playing video games could help young people develop the communication and mental adaptability skills they need to succeed at university, research by the University of Glasgow suggests.

Tech 1
Whitelee Windfarm, located on the edge of the UK's largest windfarm, the Visitor Centre is the place to learn all about renewable energy and is the access point to over 130kms of trails for cycling, walking and other outdoor activities. Picture: John Devlin

Wind power provided 95 per cent of Scottish homes’ energy needs in May

Environmental groups say last month was an “extraordinary month” for renewables in Scotland, with wind power providing enough energy to power 95 per cent of Scottish households.

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Video: Medieval Edinburgh brought to life by VR app

An app giving virtual holiday-makers the chance to explore 16th century Edinburgh has been launched.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebooks CEO and founder, has been reluctant to address the issue of censorship on the social media network. Picture: Facebook/PA

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

Opinion
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.

Tech
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.

Tech
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.

Tech
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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