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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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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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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

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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.

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A size comparison of Earth and Neptune, the eighth and farthest known planet from the Sun. Picture: Wikicommons

Edinburgh scientists use Neptune to reveal secrets of icy planets

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have helped solve the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of the most distant planet in our solar system.

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Edinburgh University graduates Kevin Houston and his business partner Som Narayan are revolutionising cooking in in Bangalore

Scots inventor leads low-carbon kitchen revolution in Bangalore

A man who quit a 30-year corporate career to study the impact of climate change is now leading a low-carbon revolution in the restaurants of Bangalore.

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Jim Law, left, and Michael Sacks are hoping to encourage sports participation through the Find a Player app. Picture: Contributed

Scottish start-up Find a Player secures six figure investment

A Scottish tech start-up which aims to increase sports participation has hit the ground running after securing a six figure investment.

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A satellite map of Scotland

Scotland is a ‘space hub’ for Europe

Scotland’s growing reputation as a hub for micro-satellite manufacturing has been boosted as a Glasgow firm prepares to launch what it claims is the “world’s cheapest, lightest and smallest satellite”.

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The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation helps public bodies decide on funds should be allocated to alleviate poverty. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Data tool allows public access to Scottish deprivation index

It is the most accurate survey of poverty and deprivation levels in Scotland and a vital tool in deciding how public funds are spent.

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Fair Isle south lighthouse. The remote island is set to finally gain a 24-hour power supply. Picture: Donald Macleod/TSPL

Fair Isle residents to finally receive 24-hour power supply

A remote Scottish island will finally receive a guaranteed 24-hour source of electricity under new plans to increase its generating capacity.

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"The angels themselves often want to do more, providing advice, contacts, and moral support through the difficult early years," says Jonathan Harris

Angel entrepreneurs pledge to help new firms

Investors can transform businesses when they get involved in start-ups —and contrary to popular opinion it’s not all about the money.

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Although the condition is associated with old age, changes in the brain that lead to dementia can occur decades before symptoms appear. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Edinburgh scientists join international team to combat dementia

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have helped secure a £1.9 million investment to identify the earliest brain changes associated with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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Start-ups are flocking to Edinburgh, inspired by success stories and strong local support

How Edinburgh is staking its claim to be the UK's first choice city for start-ups

The Scottish capital has morphed into the second strongest tech hub in the UK

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A salmon fish farm in Loch Duich. A Scot's invention could end the practice of more small fish, per kilo, being used to feed farmed salmon than the weight of fish ultimately produced. Picture: Stephen Mansfield

Whisky waste to grow healthier salmon food

The nutritional value of farmed salmon could be boosted by a new generation of fish feed created from algae by a young Scots scientist.

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Epidemic of addictive cannabinoid Spice, sweeping the US.

University of Dundee to fight epidemic of addictive drugs

A research base has been established at a Scottish university to tackle the emerging epidemic of highly addictive new drugs.

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Ultrafast broadband uses full-fibre cables, which allow for greatly increased download speeds compared to copper cables. Picture: PA

Highlanders dig in to bring broadband to their rural homes

It is the technology of the future, made possible by some old fashioned elbow grease.

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Eoovi says its system can reduce download times by 80%. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Video start-up Eoovi aims to ‘revolutionise internet’

An Edinburgh-based technology start-up claims to have hit upon a way of dramatically reducing the time taken to download video files over the internet.

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Nicola Sturgeon visits Clyde Space, Scotlands first micro satellite company. Glasgow is the hub of the country's growing space sector. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Scotland’s space sector lifts off thanks to funding boost

Scotland’s space industry has received a boost after a research centre in Glasgow secured a major funding deal that will prolong its work by three years.

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