Innovators

Innovators

Scots pupils are ‘first line of defence’ against cybercrime

As the threat of cybercrime becomes a pressing reality for a growing number of businesses, the demand for digital security experts grows.

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Tim Ellis, chief executive of the National Records of Scotland, browses files at Register House in Edinburgh. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Finding your Scottish ancestors online thanks to technology

It is one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information in the world, allowing the public detailed access to records dating back centuries.

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Harald Haas has been dubbed the 'father of LiFi'. Picture: Contributed

Global accolade for Edinburgh’s ‘father of LiFi’

The co-founder of an Edinburgh spin-out that uses light to transmit information has received a global award for his work on the technology.

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The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital For Children were built on the site of the former Southern General in Govan. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

New Glasgow hospital leads the way for precision medicine

It’s already the largest medical facility of its kind in western Europe.

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PureLifi said the trial in Singapore is the largest so far for its wireless technology. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh tech firm PureLiFi runs trial in Singapore

PureLiFi, the Edinburgh technology firm that uses light to provide wireless communications, is carrying out the world’s first large-scale trial of its system in Singapore.

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Scotland’s first virtual reality arcade opens

Scotland’s first virtual reality arcade opens today.

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Scientists are studying zebrafish in the hope of making a medical breakthrough. Picture: University of Edinburgh

Scientists study tropical fish for medical breakthrough

Scientists are using tropical fish to investigate how the spinal cord can be coaxed to repair itself after injury.

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Wildlife cameraman Doug Allan will speak in Stirling. Picture: Contributed

Scots wildlife cameraman to discuss global warming impact

He’s the wildlife cameraman described as ‘the toughest in the business’ by Sir David Attenborough.

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Apple is among the US firms to have invested in the Scottish tech sector. Picture: Wikicommons

US investments in Scots tech sector on the rise

Scotland attracted more 
foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in 2015 than ever before, with major global players, including Apple Inc, JP Morgan and the Webhelp Group all making significant investments.

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Nove Innovation have secured funding from the European Commission to demonstrate a direct drive tidal turbine.

Nova Innovation secures EC funding for tidal generator

A Scottish specialist in tidal energy generation has secured key European funding for technology that could revolutionise the future of the sector.

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Cyber attacks are considered a 'tier one' threat to national security. Picture: Contributed

Funds on offer to back Scottish cyber security projects

Two of Scotland’s publicly backed innovation centres have issued a joint call for projects to help tackle cyber security issues.

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The competition winners with Angela Constance at the Scottish Parliament. Picture: Becky Duncan

Creative innovators celebrate with £5,000 prizes

Scotland has a long history of pioneering new ways of tackling the world’s most pressing social issues in creative ways. It is a leader in the development of co-operative and social enterprise models with chains such as Social Bite making a name for themselves globally.

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ZoneFox boss Jamie Graves, left, with SBRC chief Mandy Haeburn-Little and fellow award winner Bill Buchanan. Picture: Contributed

ZoneFox seeks to treble team in fight against data risks

Edinburgh-based security software specialist ZoneFox has set itself the ambitious target of trebling its headcount next year as it rolls out its new product aimed at protecting firms from “insider threats”.

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An artist's impression of the proposed wind turbines. Picture: Hexicon AB

Floating wind turbines proposed for sea off Caithness

A proposal for floating wind turbines off coast of Caithness has been put forward by a Swedish design firm.

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The Isle of Arran will benefit from a broadband rollout. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

TV whitespace could offer faster broadband in rural Scotland

TV whitespace - part of the wireless spectrum freed up by the digital television switchover - is being used to provide faster broadband in rural Scotland.

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Elizabeth Dirth, Chris Palmer, Lynette Purves, Kerry-Anne McKay and Mike Elm are attending the UN climate summit in Morroco

Young Scots head for climate summit in Morocco

A team of young Scots are in Morocco this week after being invited to take part in one of the most important environmental events in the world.

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Humans' ability to spot unique body movements makes leading a double life difficult. Picture: Loresjoberg/Flickr

‘Lois Lane would recognise Superman’ claim Scots researchers

Clark Kent’s ability to hide his true identity as Superman would prove to be impossible in real life, according to research.

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Around 8.5 litres of pot ale are produced for ever litre of whisky distilled. PIC: PA.

The man who could turn whisky into medicine

Whisky has long been regarded for its healing powers - in small quantities at least - but work is now underway to turn by-products from the distilling process into valuable medicines.

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Ecometrica chief executive Gary Davis. Picture: Greg Macvean

Space data outfit boosts environmental monitoring

A Scottish software business is aiming to take the guesswork out of environmental monitoring after tapping into satellite data technology developed at the University of Edinburgh.

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