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Can Scotland’s empty landscapes be populated once again?

Human presence barely registers on stretches of Scotland’s vast, empty landscapes - but it wasn’t always that way.

Lifestyle 6
The new track will be built in Knightswood in north-west Glasgow. Picture: Glasgow City Council

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.

The issue of alleged Russian troll social media accounts has come under increasing scrutiny. Picture: PA

‘I’m not a Russian troll - I’m a security guard from Glasgow’

An alleged Russian online troll named on a prominent news website is actually a security guard from Glasgow, The Scotsman can reveal.

Politics 140
A bumble bee on a thistle. Picture: PA

Pesticides weakens bees’ buzzing noise, scientists find

Common farming pesticides significantly reduce the amount of pollen collected by bumblebees and weakens their buzzing noise, scientists have warned.

Environment 1

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.

Environment 44
Sunset over Blacklaw windfarm. (Picture: Ian Rutherford)

Claire Mack: Europe’s windiest country is set to reap the economic benefits

Scotland is the windiest country in Europe. That’s a fact which gives us an unassailable edge in tackling one of the world’s most important challenges: climate change.

Opinion 25
Altnaharra. Picture: Geograph

Isolated Scottish communities now enjoying fastest broadband speeds

Two remote communities now have among the fastest broadband speeds in Scotland through a unique partnership with digital network business Openreach.

A prisoner looking through the bars of C Hall, in Edinburgh's Saughton prison. Mobile phone use among prisoners has risen sharply in recent years. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

Prisoners in Scottish jails to have mobile phones blocked

Prisoners who use illegal mobile phones while locked up in Scottish jails will have their devices blocked under new plans to be revealed by justice secretary Michael Matheson.

News 23
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.

Transport 2
Loch Lomond at Balloch. Picture: Alan Milligan

Flamingo Land’s plan for Loch Lomond to go on public display

Controversial plans to build a £30m leisure development on the banks of Loch Lomond will go on display next week as part of a public consultation.

Media & Leisure
An architect's impression of the Candleriggs development, viewed from the Trongate. Pictures: Contributed

Long-awaited development of Candleriggs in Glasgow moves forward

An ambitious scheme to transform a long-neglected city centre site in Glasgow has won planning approval.

Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, speaks at the 2017 festival. Picture: Contributed

Data Lab festival to return to Edinburgh in 2018

The power of data must be made accessible and available to all and not just specialists if it is truly transform society.

Craig Sinclair of National Museums Scotland with pupils from St Elizabeth's Primary School, Hamilton

National Museum brings STEM subjects to life for pupils

Experts from National Museums Scotland have teamed up with heritage attractions from across the country to deliver a programme of science engagement workshops for pupils.

Tech 4
Inshriach Bothy near Aviemore represents a new generation of hut being built in Scotland. PIC: Reforesting Scotland.

Hutters wanted for new community in national forest

Those seeking a simpler life will soon have the chance to secure a plot in the first hutting community to be built on Scotland’s national forest estate.

Lifestyle 3
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.

Tech 3

£2bn wind farm given green light after legal appeal fails

A £2 billion wind farm project off Scotland’s east coast is to go ahead after a long-running legal battle with wildlife campaigners drew to a close.

Environment 48
Laura and Craig Davidson of Tag Digital. Picture: Martin Shields

Scots digital ad agency Tag eyes LA expansion

A digital advertising firm founded in Milngavie is eyeing up an expansion from one west coast to another - by opening an office in Los Angeles.

Strong international cooperation is crucial if there is to be any chance of achieving global climate aims set out in the historic Paris Agreement. Pictutre: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Ilona Amos: Here’s why this week’s global climate talks are crucial

International leaders, politicians, scientists and campaigners are gathering in Germany as the latest round of United Nations climate talks, the 23rd Conference of Parties, kicks off in Bonn this week.

Opinion 20
The AI service will be open to Bank of Scotland customers with iPhones

Bank of Scotland launches pilot AI banking app for iPhone

Scotland’s oldest bank has launched a pilot artificial intelligence (AI) service that will allow customers to chat with a software robot via text-based messages.

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