Scotland has a proud history of pioneering innovations that have changed the world. From television to anaesthetics, our everyday lives would be unrecognisable without a whole host of Scottish inventions and discoveries.
It is believed that mankind first emerged from the Olduvai Gorge in Kenya about 180,000 years ago. It took us about 175,000 years to discover the wheel and the written word (possibly two of our greatest inventions) in ancient Mesopotamia. It took another 4,750 years to harness steam which powered the Industrial Revolution.
A rare mountain-top forest being planted in the Highlands will be the largest of its kind in Scotland and could provide new homes for iconic species such as the golden eagle, ring ouzel and mountain hare, according to conservationists.
When the use of steam power on Britain’s railways ended in 1968, the notion of heritage rail was unknown. No one foresaw the huge role that heritage railways would come to play in Britain’s railway scene today.
The climate emergency requires real political bravery and radical action to transform our economy, but it barely got a mention in the election campaign, writes Scottish Green Party co-leader Lorna Slater.