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In pictures: First look at Social Bite homeless village in Granton

One man’s vision has become a reality, but Josh Littlejohn has said Edinburgh’s first homeless village would not have been possible without “phenomenal” public support.

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The capital was singled out as a key digital hotspot. Picture: Contributed

UK tech booming with Edinburgh scene racing ahead

Edinburgh saw the number of jobs in digital tech grow at more than triple the UK average in the three years to 2017, as the sector proved to be one of the best-performing in the UK, according to a report published today.

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Brian McCormack has developed a device which has the potential to raise dwindling bowel cancer screening test returns. Picture: JP

Scots inventor aims to improve cancer screening with FlushAway device

He’s a former coal miner turned inventor on a mission to improve ­cancer detection rates while ­helping the environment at the same time.

Tech
Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, with Helen Stephenson, who creates items from recycled leather. Picture: Greg Macvean

Capital SMEs turn ‘waste into wealth’ with launch of Circular Edinburgh

A major initiative to help businesses in Edinburgh take advantage of opportunities in the circular economy was launched today, with the eventual aim of developing products and services which promote repeated use.

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Scotland’s lighthouses a shining beacon of solar technology

Scotland’s lighthouses a shining beacon of solar technology

Scotland’s lighthouses are deploying the latest solar power technology to help guide mariners through the harshest of environments with running costs radically cut by the switch to renewable energy.

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Experts are now calling for Holyrood and Westminster to unlock the potential of tidal and wave power. ''Picture: Scottish Renewables

Tidal power boom could create thousands of jobs in Scotland

The marine renewable energy industry could create thousands of jobs across Scotland after a new report found the sector is capable of meeting strict requirements imposed by the UK Government.

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Elephant seals will aid research into the Thwaites Glacier. Picture: Contributed

Glacier to be studied by degrees as thermometers fitted to seals

Scottish scientists are to head a multi-million pound project involving gluing thermometers to elephant seals to find out whether the collapse of a huge Antarctic glacier could eventually raise global sea levels by as much as 10ft.

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Edinburgh inventor creates biodegradable water bottle to fight plastic problem

A Scottish entrepreneur has developed a new eco-friendly bottle that could help combat the growing mountain of plastic litter entering the world’s oceans.

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Scottish island seeks investors for first wind power scheme

Investors are being sought for a long-awaited renewables scheme on North Uist which will raise revenue for the island for the next 22 years.

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From left, Patrick Renner, Suzanne Mitskchke, and Rogelio Arellano of MindMate, one of the many start-ups to have come through the EIE programme. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Scottish start-up survey finds growing confidence in tech sector

Growing a customer base, attracting investment and hiring talent are the biggest challenges for Scotland’s fledgling tech businesses, an industry survey has found.

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Finance secretary Derek Mackay hailed the impact of Scotland's growing data sector

Festival hailed for promoting ethical use of data

Championing the ethical use of data in the wake of the Facebook scandal was one of the successes of a major industry event in Scotland, organisers have said.

Tech
Unions have called for more workplace control of new technologies to avoid the potentially severe impact of automation

Unions call for more workplace control of automation in Scotland

Workers must be involved in how automation is introduced to avoid potentially severe consequences for them, according to a new report.

Tech
Science minister Shirley-Anne Somerville said she was confident of making the progress needed to secure Scotland's future as a STEM nation. Picture: Contributed

Shirley-Anne Somerville: STEM careers should be open to all

Work is underway to encourage more women and those from deprived communities to consider careers in STEM, writes Shirley-Anne Somerville

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A prospective student visits Abertay during an open day at the Dundee university, which is ranked as a world-leader for video game design. Picture: Alan Richardson

Scotland’s video games industry ‘healthier than it has ever been’

A multi-million pound commercial development in Dundee is the perfect illustration of the confidence that surrounds the city’s video games industry.

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Chris Weston, left, CEO of Aggreko with Nicola Sturgeon and Linda Hanna of Scottish Enterprise

Jobs boost as power firm Aggreko invests £33m

A Scottish-based global power supply firm has announced a £33 million innovation project bringing more than 20 jobs.

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The robot could be used for operational inspection of facilities offshore. Picture: PA

Robots could soon be working on North Sea gas platforms

Robots could soon be working autonomously alongside humans on a North Sea platform as part of a world-first project.

Tech 1
The traditional method casting votes in person at a polling station is unchanged in more than a century. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Electronic voting systems could replace paper ballots in Scotland

It’s one of the few traditions in British life that has remained unchanged for more than a century. Whenever an election is called, voters head for polling places held in schools, community centres, church halls and the like.

Tech 2
World's first 3D thermal image of an active volcano - Stromboli - captured by scientists from the University of Aberdeen.

World’s first 3-D volcano image created by Scots scientists

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen have created the world’s first 3D thermal image of an active volcano.

Environment
The fund supports community programmes aimed at increasing digital skills. Picture PA

Funding will tackle social isolation by improving digital skills

An on-going project to combat isolation by improving the digital skills of Scots has won an additional funding award of £200,000.

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