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Majority of seabirds are eating plastic, Scots scientists warn

The vast majority of ­seabirds in the north-east Atlantic are likely to have eaten plastic due to the growing problem of materials dumped at sea, a report by a team of Highlands-based researchers has warned.

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A ship is loaded with containers of whisky at Grangemouth docks, Scotlands busiest commercial port. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA

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
The global market for wearable fitness apps is booming

Wearable fitness apps ‘vulnerable to hackers’, Scots researchers warn

The security of wearable fitness trackers could be improved to better protect users’ personal data, a study by Scots academics has found.

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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
The new technique could be used to treat victims of land mines. Picture: AP

Scots scientists grow bone in lab to treat land mine victims

Bone grown in a lab could soon be used to treat the victims of land mines following a scientific breakthrough by British scientists.

Tech
The camera would let doctors see inside the body without using expensive x-rays. Picture: AP

Scottish scientists create camera to see through human body

A new camera which can see through the human body has been developed.

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Data has the power to improve public services. Picture: John Devlin

Jude McCorry: Investing in data skills can boost public services

Smart use of data can make tangible differences to people’s lives in Scotland, says Jude McCorry

Tech
Michael Clancy said an agreement prior to the day of exit was crucial

Liz Cameron: Scots don’t share English negative immigration views

The UK Government has work to do to reassure businesses after Brexit, writes Liz Cameron.

Politics
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
A class for older people to learn social networking in Leith. Pensioners are more likely to lack digital skills, a report has found. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Almost a quarter of Scots ‘lack basic digital skills’

Almost a quarter of adults in Scotland still lack basic digital skills, new research has found.

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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
The funding will see researchers from the University of Strathclyde team up with the private sector. Picture: Wikicommons

Data Lab backs Strathclyde AI building simulation project

A research project into how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to improve building energy simulation has won a funding award from The Data Lab, the Scottish Government-backed innovation centre.

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An annual health check found that more than two thirds of British businesses not prepared for cyber attacks.

Majority of big British firms not prepared for cyber attack

More than two-thirds of 
Britain’s biggest businesses have admitted staff lack training to deal with the growing threat of cyber attacks, research has shown.

Tech
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.

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Nicola Sturgeon opened the new facility Picture: Scott Louden

GSK Montrose plant opens £44m vaccines facility

A new £44 million vaccines facility has been formally opened by the First Minister.

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Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Edinburgh among best UK cities for self-employed workers

Edinburgh has been named one of the top three UK cities to live in for self-employed workers.

Tech
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
Knox: I was nervous to leave my job, but I was frustrated because I knew I was never going to get any autonomy and I really wanted to have a go at doing it for myself.

“Blinded by self-belief”: what it takes to run a start-up

Seven day working weeks, months without seeing friends, financial hardship. Two successful young entrepreneurs reveal what it takes to start up a business  – and why they wouldn’t want it any other way.

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