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As Scotland’s tech sector grows, what will the jobs of 2020 be?

Scotland’s digital technology sector has experienced strong growth in recent years, with business and political leaders confident the upward trend will continue in the long-term with sufficient support and investment.

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An artist's impression of a proposed space port at Prestwick airport. Picture: Contributed

Scotland in ‘strong position’ to host first UK spaceport

Scotland is in ‘a strong position’ to host the first UK spaceport and to capitalise further on commercial space activity, an MP has said ahead of a Westminster debate on the sector.

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The Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Moray, which produces the biggest selling single malt in the world. Picture: SWNS

Scotch whisky distillers follow Silicon Valley’s lead with Hackadram

The art of making whisky is famously steeped in ­tradition, but one of ­Scotland’s leading distillers is now taking inspiration from the disruptive world of digital technology as it looks for new ways of promoting its products and engaging customers in the 21st century.

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The world's first floating wind farm, Hywind, Photo: Oyvind Gravas/Statoil/PA Wire

Project will look at floating wind farms boosting Scottish economy

A new study will examine whether building more floating wind farms could boost the Scottish economy.

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An electric vehicle at a public charging point in Glasgow. Sales of cars that burn fossil fuels are due to be phased out in Scotland by 2032. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

How Scotland can prepare for the electric car revolution

Meeting a commitment to move away from older polluting vehicles will be hard, but electric cars offer a bright future for us all, says Caroline Jones Carrick

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The humanoid robot named 'Valkyrie' designed by NASA. Picture: Getty

From conversational platforms to IoT: Six tech trends to look out for in 2018

The Bayes Centre is a hub designed to foster data-driven innovation within and beyond the University of 
Edinburgh. Its new purpose-built home is due to open in mid-2018.

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Robotics could revolutionise the construction and maintenance of offshore windfarms. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

How robots could revolutionise Scotland’s offshore wind industry

Scotland coud take a lead in the development of robotics designed specifically for the offshore renewables sector, writes Andy Kay

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A bitcoin ATM in Glasgows Sauchiehall Street. Picture: John Devlin

Insight: The Scots investors in the Bitcoin boom

Some Scots investors in the cryptocurrency can barely believe their luck, writes Dani Garavelli

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An artist's impression of the new south harbour in Aberdeen, which tourism bosses hope will attract thousands more visitors to the city. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen aims to become ‘world class’ cruise destination

Aberdeen is getting ready to position itself as a world-class cruise destination with hopes the city’s new deepwater harbour will attract luxury vessels with up to 5,000 passengers and crew on board.

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Paisley was the only Scottish entry to be shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Paisley arts quarter vision wins 2017 FutureTown design award

The continuing regeneration of Paisley has received a further boost as an ambitious proposal to transform waste ground into a new cultural quarter was named the winner of a prestigious urban renewal competition.

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The Futures Institute will be opened in the former Royal Infirmary building in Lauriston Place. Picture: Contributed

£10m anonymous donation to Edinburgh University’s Futures Institute

An anonymous donor has pledged £10m to fund a University of Edinburgh initiative addressing some of society’s most pressing concerns.

Education 2

Video: Edinburgh’s new electric bike hire given a test ride

Effortlessly pedalling up one of Edinburgh’s steepest streets proved not just a novelty for me but for others too.

Transport
Govan Graving Docks, built in stages from 1869, was used for ship repairs when Glasgow was one of the worlds busiest ports. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Controversial housing plan for Govan Graving Docks moves forward

More than 700 homes could be built on a Grade A-listed dock complex described by heritage experts as “unique in Scotland” if councillors approve a controversial plan.

Companies
The new track will be built in Knightswood in north-west Glasgow. Picture: Glasgow City Council

Glasgow to open Scotland’s first Olympic-standard BMX bike track

Work is underway to build the first Olympic-standard BMX bike track in Scotland, which will allow for elite-level competitions to be staged in the country on a regular basis.

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A view over Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. One of the shortlisted FutureTown design envisages a new waterfront walkway built to encourage more leisure activities. Picture: TSPL

Scotland’s Towns Week 2017: FutureTown design shortlist unveiled

A shortlist of imaginative designs with the potential to transform 11 communities across Scotland has been revealed ahead of the third annual Scotland’s Towns Week.

Tech

Video: The numbers behind Scotland’s renewable energy drive

Scotland is on target to hit its 2020 target of powering 100% of the country’s electric appetite with renewable energy.

Environment
The view that may soon be on offer to visitors with hi-tech VR headsets. Photographs: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Virtual reality headsets considered for Forth Road Bridge visitors

Virtual reality headsets to give Forth Road Bridge visitors the sensation of roaming the bridge and climbing the towers are being considered as part of tourism plans for the crossing.

Transport
From left, St Kentigerns Academy pupils Amelia Hurdy, Harrison Dunne, Adam Walker, Kamil Golor and Clara O Callaghan launch the cyber skills programme. Picture: Chris Watt

Scots pupils urged to become next generation of cyber crime fighters

From businesses to families, we are all sharing increasing amounts of information online.

Tech
Industrial hemp will be grown in Scotland to make the new generation building materials. PIC: Contributed.

Cannabis to be grown in East Lothian for building materials

A field of cannabis plants will be grown in East Lothian to support a new generation of building materials that are being made in Scotland from hemp.

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Dr Ann Rajnicek and Dr Wenlong Huang of Aberdeen University

Silk from worms could treat spinal injuries, say Scots scientists

Modified silk from Asian wild silkworms could be used to help repair damaged spinal cords, scientists in Scotland have found.

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