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Dandelion seeds use ‘extraordinary’ technique to spread

The humble dandelion is able to spread so easily because its seeds use an extremely efficient form of flight never previously observed in nature, scientists have found. The common flower’s seeds have a parachute-shaped bundle of bristles, enabling...

53 sec. ago in Environment

Hollywood star Alan Cumming to be honoured with Scottish BAFTA

Hollywood and Broadway star Alan Cumming is to get an outstanding achievement award at Scotland’s film and television Oscars. The Perthshire-born actor will be recognised for an outstanding contribution to the industry at the BAFTA Scotland Awards in...

53 sec. ago in Environment

It would be hard to beat... the annual tree of the year title is claimed by Eriskay

A SPRUCE that was the only tree on the windswept island of Eriskay has been named as Scotland’s Tree of the Year 2018. Netty’s Tree was planted on the Outer Hebridean island over 100 years ago by the poet, priest and land rights activist Father Allan...

53 sec. ago in Environment

Crackdown on excess parking fees in Scotland

New laws are to be introduced in Scotland which will end excessive parking fees dished out by private parking operators. Measures will be introduced in the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Transport Bill which are expected to see charges capped,...

19 min. ago in Politics

Eight arrested for human trafficking

London police have arrested eight people suspected of being part of an international human trafficking gang with ties to Romania. Police said the five men and three women were arrested in east London on Tuesday by the Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit....

30 min. ago in Hot News

Benefits bill of over £1.5bn set to be owed

The UK Government is facing a benefits bill of more than £1.5 billion after underpaying tens of thousands of disabled claimants, newly released documents have shown. An estimated 180,000 people are due arrears payments totalling £970 million after...

30 min. ago in Hot News

What to expect from crunch EU summit on Brexit

Considering that she is heading into a summit full of European leaders who fundamentally disagree with her, it might seem strange that Theresa May could be forgiven for feeling a sense of relief ahead of the crunch talks. However, with domestic...

today, 19:12 in Politics

Brexiteers warn May before crunch EU summit

Theresa May has came under fresh pressure from her own MPs and her allies in the DUP over her strategy for the next phase of Brexit talks on the UK’s future trade relationship with the EU. Large parts of her own party remain unconvinced by her...

today, 17:48 in Politics

US ready to talk post-Brexit trade

The US administration has formally confirmed it intends to pursue a trade deal with the UK “as soon as it is ready” after leaving the EU. Donald Trump’s trade representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of plans to open negotiations with the...

today, 17:42 in Politics

SIS hails 300th deal funding Scottish social enterprises

Responsible finance provider Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has hailed its 300th investment in Scottish social enterprises. The organisation said it has reached the milestone by lending to Locavore, based in Glasgow’s Govanhill, which sells locally...

today, 17:34 in Business

Pufferfish appoints tech veteran Seonaidh MacDonald

Pufferfish, an Edinburgh-based display systems specialist, has secured a high-profile board appointment following the closure of its latest fundraising drive. Former mLED chief executive and Scottish tech scene veteran Seonaidh MacDonald has taken the...

today, 17:33 in Politics

Steve Cardownie: Officials want to spend £1m to save them work

The news that Edinburgh City Councillors will be asked to agree a recommendation from council officials that £1 million be taken from the city’s financial reserves to hire a team of project managers to identify budget savings will have no doubt left...

today, 16:31 in Politics

Brian Monteith: Brexit Britain can simply not make a hard Irish border

In a Brexit negotiation process that has exposed many fault lines in the Conservative Party, it is not often that Boris Johnson, David Mundell and Ruth Davidson find themselves arguing for the same outcome, so when it happens it should be taken...

today, 16:31 in Politics

Universal Credit row explained as pressure mounts on Theresa May to change policy

As dramatic testimony goes, there will be few examples more arresting than that of the Scottish Government’s Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville discussing the impact of changes to welfare benefits on her constituents and other Scots. Ms...

today, 16:25 in Politics

Scottish Greens urge SNP to ‘copy our homework’ on school policy

The Scottish Greens have urged the government to “copy their homework” on education policies to close the attainment gap. The party’s education spokesman Ross Greer issued Ministers with a “report card” outlining the results of the government’s...

today, 16:05 in Politics

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