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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.


Work begins on windfarm that Donald Trump tried to stop

It was a development the future president of the United States warned could “destroy the magnificence and beauty of Scotland”.

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Professor Mahmood Adil, medical director, public health and intelligence, at NHS National Services Scotland. Picture: Matt Davis

NHS in Scotland must move from ‘stethoscope to data-scope’

The NHS in Scotland must move from the “stethoscope to the data-scope” to better understand when to make interventions to improve the nation’s health, a leading specialist has said.


Facebook scandal: Users should be ‘cautious’, says Scots data expert

One of Scotland’s leading authorities on data has warned Facebook users to be cautious about what they share on the social media giant in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Sueno's Stone is the largest surviving Pictish stone of its type in Scotland and stands over 6.5 metres high. Picture: Wikicommons

How laser technology is solving the secrets of Pictish stones

Cutting-edge laser technology is being used to reveal the secrets of some of the country’s most mysterious ancient monuments.

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A self-driving car traverses a parking lot at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. Picture: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Driverless cars ‘will be on Scotland’s roads in 2021’

The idea of electrically powered, driverless cars patrolling the highways and byways of Scotland was once confined to the realms of science fiction.

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Why dynamic launches became a thing of the past at Glasgow’s shipyards

When the 7,500-tonne destroyer HMS Duncan was launched at the BAE shipyard in Govan in 2010, it followed a traditional method used by thousands of other ships when entering the River Clyde for the first time.

More mobile phone masts are aimed at improving 4G connectivity in rurual communities. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

More telephone masts to boost 4G network coverage in rural Scotland

A series of new telephone masts will be erected in locations across Scotland with no existing 4G mobile coverage to improve connectivity for rural communities and businesses.

Work begins to find vanished harbour on the River Clyde

Work begins to find vanished harbour on the River Clyde

Exploratory works have started at a vast brownfield site on the north bank of the Clyde that could be transformed into a leading marine technology hub.

Hackathons bring experts together to work intensively on new ideas

Scotland’s first Homeless Hackathon to offer digital solutions

It’s a modern concept to tackle an age-old problem. Digital experts, IT professionals and third sector workers are to gather in Glasgow to take part in what is billed as Scotland’s first ever ‘homeless hackathon’.

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