News archive from 9 January 2013

Why does skin wrinkle in water? To improve our grip, claim scientists

Why does skin wrinkle in water? To improve our grip, claim scientists

Wrinkled skin may make us better at handling wet, slippery things. Photograph: Alamy Thousands of years after the invention of the bath, scientists have come up with a theory to explain why our fingers and toes wrinkle when steeped in water. Puckered...

 
The greatest comebacks in music (and some of the worst)

The greatest comebacks in music (and some of the worst)

AFTER a decade-long hiatus from the music industry, yesterday's announcement of David Bowie's forthcoming single and album has surprised and delighted fans of the pop chameleon, who turned 66 yesterday. While the jury is out on whether Bowie’s...

 

Sponsored by 44 Scotland Street: A psychiatrist’s daughter

The third episode in the new volume of Alexander McCall Smith's daily novel. Normally, a seventh birthday party is something to be eagerly looked forward to - especially when one is six. And Bertie Pollock, in his last week of being six, would...

 
Images of Scotland: Liff, Dundee

Images of Scotland: Liff, Dundee

Derek Gerrard photographed this snowy scene from Liff in Dundee, facing towards the west of the city View more images of Scotland on our Facebook page • To submit your picture for publication online or in The Scotsman email readersgallery@scotsman.com

 
Governments urged to prepare for the worst

Governments urged to prepare for the worst

Governments should learn from companies and appoint dedicated "risk ministers", according to the authors of a World Economic Forum (WEF) report. The "ministers" should assess a broad range of economic, environmental, geopolitical,...

BBC, 00:05 in Business
 
Sony unveils iPhone rival the Xperia Z

Sony unveils iPhone rival the Xperia Z

SONY this week unveiled the Android phone it hopes will be able to challenge the smartphone market currently dominated by Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3. Boasting a 13-megapixel camera that betters the offers from the iPhone and Galaxy as...

 
Textiles firms exploit Scots heritage to sew up big contracts in Japan

Textiles firms exploit Scots heritage to sew up big contracts in Japan

SCOTTISH textile companies are tapping into export opportunities in Japan after two initiatives to showcase their fashion ranges netted £1.3 million in sales. Scottish Development International (SDI) supported firms at a Scottish Fair hosted by...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Aegon loses boss of IFA business

Aegon loses boss of IFA business

THE head of the loss-making financial advice business at Aegon has left the life and pensions company. Patrick Gale, executive chairman of distribution, stepped down “to pursue other interests” and will be replaced by strategy director Rob Waller....

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Sainsbury’s pulls a Christmas cracker as it gains market share

Sainsbury’s pulls a Christmas cracker as it gains market share

SAINSBURY'S has emerged as the only one of Britain's big four supermarket chains to grow market share in the run-up to Christmas, according to industry data. The UK’s third-largest grocer, which is today expected to report robust festive trading, saw...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 

Terry's on the comeback trail and looking comfy... judging by this dressing gown picture

Many of us enjoyed Bradford v Aston Villa on Tuesday night, but few of us would have done so as comfortably as Chelsea captain John Terry. The Blues centre-back, close to a return from injury, posted a picture of himself on Instagram looking snug in a...

Daily Mail, 00:08 in Sport
 
Ronaldo scores advertising transfer with placement at world’s top agency

Ronaldo scores advertising transfer with placement at world’s top agency

FORMER Brazilian footballer Ronaldo has secured his latest transfer with a move to London to study advertising under the wing of WPP supremo Sir Martin Sorrell. WPP confirmed the World Cup winner is to take a job placement at the group – the world’s...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 

£12bn of loans to be offloaded

Banks are expected to dispose of around €15 billion (£12.2bn) worth of European commercial property loans, with Lloyds Banking Group expected to be among the biggest sellers for the second year running, analysts have claimed. PricewaterhouseCoopers...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 

Harvard economist urges Scots to support nuclear and shale gas

SCOTTISH entrepreneurs should try to break into the shale gas and nuclear power markets as well as renewable energy, according to a professor from Harvard Business School. Joe Lassiter will tell 600 delegates at the Clean Energy Entrepreneurship &...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 

Banks swell Proserv’s warchest

OIL and gas technology firm Proserv is back on the acquisition trail after today unveiling a £133 million refinancing deal with a syndicate of six banks. The Aberdeen-based company, which took over two firms last year to raise its headcount by 600 to...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 
Online sales prove crucial as Christmas delivers for Debenhams

Online sales prove crucial as Christmas delivers for Debenhams

DEBENHAMS was the pick of the bunch of another flurry of festive trading results, with the department store group the latest to hail its online performance as the star turn. The group said that sales at stores open more than a year rose 5 per cent in...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Business
 


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