Writer retraces her former life as an indigo planter

A Scottish writer, artist and traveller who underwent controversial “past-life regression” treatment in a bid to discover more about a globe-trotting Victorian adventurer whose life and travels she was tracking, will reveal details of the session at a series of lectures beginning tomorrow.

The Nobel Prize in Physics laureates F. Duncan M. Haldane, left, David J. Thouless and J. Michael Kosterlitz, right. Picture: Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP

Scots-born scientists receive Nobel Prize in physics

THREE British-born scientists have received this year’s Nobel Prize in physics for work that “revealed the secrets of exotic matter”.

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Women may be giving up on taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen due to naturally occurring side effects.

Breast cancer drug ‘unfairly blamed’ for side effects

Women may be abandoning a life-saving breast cancer drug due to mistaking naturally occuring symptoms for harmful side effects, new research suggests.

The tiny creatures were discovered in Loch Leven. Picture: TSPL

Rare microscopic organisms discovered in Highland loch

A RARE type of tiny crustacean that has previously only been found in two other locations in the British Isles has been discovered by a scientist in a Highland loch.

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Young Scots, who spend more time online than any other age group, are being encouraged to consider careers in cybersecurity. Picture: Mark Bickerdike/JP

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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Jamie MacGowan of Buth Bheag Candle Co won the top prize. Picture: Trevor Martin

Burning ambition as candle maker scoops ESpark award

Entrepreneurs on board Entrepreneurial Spark Powered by Royal Bank of Scotland’s Virtual Accelerator programme have won £5,000 at an event in Inverness.

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Trial results have shown antibodies produced by the immune system could be used as a diagnostic tool. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

New blood test could aid spotting early signs of lung cancer

A potentially life-saving blood test has been developed that may allow doctors to spot signs of lung cancer up to five years before the disease shows up on traditional scans.

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Former astronaut John Glenn. Picture: AP

First American astronaut in orbit John Glenn dies, aged 95

John Glenn - the first American to orbit the Earth - has died in Ohio, aged 95.

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How the earliest land walking animals looked. Picture: Contributed.

Scotland holds key to earliest land walking life

360 million year old fossils found in Berwickshire could be the earliest examples of animals to have walked on land.

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HMS Forth outside the BAE shipyard in Govan. Two more offshore patrol vessels will be built at the same complex. Picture: Bob Shaw/BAE

Scots tech firms urged to join defence industry push

Ministers have launched a drive to encourage small hi-tech businesses to join larger firms in creating an innovative future for the UK defence industry.

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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Face of Robert the Bruce reconstructed by scientists

He is Scotland’s most famous king, celebrated seven centuries after his death for leading an army to victory at Bannockburn and securing the independence of his realm.

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Social impact has risen over decade of introductions

Social impact has risen over decade of introductions

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Nucleus chief David Ferguson has been named as UK government fintech envoy for Scotland. Picture: Ditte Solgaard/First Light Photography

Two finance technology ‘tsars’ for Scotland unveiled

Two envoys to spearhead the development of the financial technology, or “fintech”, sector in Scotland have been named by the UK government.

Flickering light in the eyes could form the basis of a breakthrough Alzheimers treatment. Picture: PA

Alzheimer’s could be stopped by light into eyes, say scientists

Flickering light in the eyes could form the basis of a breakthrough Alzheimer’s treatment with the potential to halt or even reverse the disease, research has shown.

The penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo has been a popular fixture there since 1951.

Edinburgh Zoo penguin parade shelved over bird flu scare

Edinburgh Zoo has been forced to axe its popular penguin parade - over bird flu fears.

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Staff at Edinburgh-based Whitespace get into the festive spirit. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh creative agency launches Chrimojis pack

An Edinburgh-based creative agency has got into the festive spirit by launching a free range of Christmas-themed emojis - which it has dubbed ‘Chrimojis’.

Maven's Julie Glenny with, from left, Stuart Kerr, Neil Logan and Craig Donnelly of newly-launched Incremental. Picture: Mark Gibson

Tech services outfit launches with North-east takeover

A former Lockheed Martin executive has launched a new digital services business with the acquisition of an Aberdeenshire company.

Cities such as Glasgow must improve their connectivity if they are to become true digital hubs. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Jean-Donan Olliero: How to make Scotland’s cities smart

The cities of the future will rely on advanced connectivity, but there remains much work to be done in Scotland, writes Jean-Donan Olliero

Big data analytics failed to recognise 'fake' news during the race for the White House. Picture: Ty Wright/Getty Images

Steve Ross: Big data still needs the human touch

Business is increasingly reliant on “big data”, but with so much digital information to process, is there still a place for human input?

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