Leader comment: Scotland finally set for digital age

Scotland is blessed with large areas of some of the most scenic countryside in the world, but for many the downside of life in such idyllic scenery is isolation.

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John Swinney visits CodeClan, the Edinburgh-based digital skills academy, in 2015. The Scottish Government views tech as a key growth sector in the coming years. Picture: Julie Bull

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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Keith Brown visits the Eagle Lab

Scotland’s first Eagle Lab will use technology to help businesses fly high

An innovation hub which will allow businesses to rapidly produce and test prototypes without having to import them from overseas was opened this week in Edinburgh, the first of its kind in Scotland.

New studies have show native Scots pines are more at risk of disease in forests where they grow near foreign pine species. Picture: Richard Ennos

Call to fell alien trees to protect native Scots pine

Foreign pine species should be felled from forests where they are growing near Scots pines to cut the threat of spreading potentially fatal diseases to native trees, according to experts.

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The Edinburgh-based start-up has won a lucrative contract from Shell. Picture: PA

Edinburgh-based start-up Cognitive Geology wins Shell contract

Cognitive Geology, an Edinburgh-based technology start-up, has secured a $1.2 million (£872,000) contract with oil giant Shell for its geological mapping software.

Tech 1
More than 200 grit lorries work across Scotland. Picture: Michael Gillen

Sir Salter Scott: Names of Scottish road gritters prove a hit

Generally yellow in colour and carrying a heavy load of salt, the average road gritter is not designed to win public affection.

Transport 3
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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Stephen Ingledew will head up FinTech Scotland

FinTech Scotland eyes growth with new chief executive appointment

The chief executive of a new body set up to boost growth in the financial technology sector has been named.

Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, which is renowned for its connections to Bram Stoker's Dracula, has been saved

Bram Stoker’s Scottish ‘Dracula’ castle saved by pensioner’s decade-long battle

A pensioner has succeeded in his mission to save for the nation a castle that is internationally renowned for its connections with Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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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.

Tech 2
Artist Rosemary Beaton at her studio in Bishopton, Scotland, with her portrait of Scottish tennis player, Andy Murray, which she hopes will net her a place in this year's Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

Leading artist says iPad generation missing out on seeing prize works

The iPad generation is missing out on seeing major works of art up close and personal, according to one of Scotland’s leading artists.

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Previse will work with academia and the business community as it launches a data base in Glasgow

B2B specialist Previse to create 37 data science jobs in Glasgow

A start-up specialising in business-to-business payments is to open a development centre in Glasgow, creating 37 data science jobs in the process.

"Bitcoins". (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero? Inside the next big cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin’s dizzying gains in 2018 have attracted a new generation of investors to cryptocurrency.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS

Entries wanted for 2018 ScotlandIS digital technology awards

Pioneering tech businesses based in Scotland have been invited to submit their most innovative and disruptive products in a prestigious industry competition.

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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Dr Siobh�n Jordan, Director, Interface

Dr Siobhán Jordan: What a good idea – sharing knowledge can break down the challenges facing us all

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up” – so said the US writer Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Prof Martin Tangney, founder of Celtic Renewables showing the first sample of bio-butanol at The Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh. Picture: Centre Press

Edinburgh-based scientist who developed fuel out of whisky honoured

A scientist who developed a sustainable biofuel out of whisky has been awarded an honorary OBE.

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Experts have a theory to predict when rogue waves might occur which could damage oil platforms

Rogue wave research to help with oil rig design

New understanding of the “dangerous phenomenon” of unusually large ocean waves could help inform the design of oil platforms and other offshore structures, researchers have said.

Two clinical studies were carried out on 23 Parkinsons patients showing evidence of dyskinesia

Scots scientists create algorithm to detect Parkinson’s side-effect

Scientists have created an algorithm which can detect a side-effect of Parkinson’s treatment that causes involuntary jerking movements.

A refugee child beside one of the charging units. Photograph: R Leask/University of Edinburgh/PA

Medal awarded to creators of refugees’ solar charger

Students from Edinburgh University who created a solar charger to allow refugees to charge their mobile phones have been awarded the institution’s prestigious Principal’s Medal for their work, as they prepare to roll out the technology across more camps in Europe – and into communities in Africa.

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