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Scientists working on probe small enough to enter lungs

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A PROBE just a few millimetres wide is being developed by Scottish scientists in a bid to save the lives of seriously ill patients. The device will be small enough to be passed inside lungs, blood vessels, brains – and even the premature babies. The sensor, which is being developed by Edinburgh University, will provide […]

June 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Calls for school pupils to spend more time learning outdoors

Not quite Einstein, but numeracy is improving in Scottish primaries claims Russell. Pic: Museum of The History of Science, Oxford

EXPERTS have called for more Scottish school lessons to take place outdoors. Professor Peter Higgins of Edinburgh University says schoolchildren are “stuck in classrooms” and need to go outdoors at least once a week. He said teachers and school bosses had failed to realise the benefits of outdoor education to childrens’ health and wellbeing, and […]

June 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Rural Scots more likely to volunteer than city-dwellers, study finds

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RURAL Scots are more likely to volunteer for charities and community groups than city-dwellers, a new report has found. A study by Stirling University and Scotland’s Rural College found people in some rural areas were up to twice as likely as those in cities to volunteer their time. The study found almost half of those […]

June 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Top officer calls for police to have control of their own computers

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SCOTTISH police must be given control over their own computer systems to guarantee public safety, a leading officer has demanded. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) – which oversees policing north of the border – is currently in charge of crime-fighting computer systems. But the president of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS) says control […]

May 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Dressing as a sheep could result in a horrific fiery death, top surgeon warns

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ONE of Scotland’s top plastic surgeons has warned of the potentially deadly consequences of dressing up as a sheep. Self-made sheep costumes, often involving cotton wool, are a popular choice for fancy dress parties. But irresponsible pranksters have set at least eight people in sheep costumes on fire in the past five years in the […]

May 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Rail chiefs sett up new homes for badgers along Borders Railway line

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THOUSANDS of pounds is being spent rehoming Scots badgers to make way for a new railway line. A £10,000 pot has been set aside by Network Rail to build new setts for badgers along the 35-mile route of the Borders Railway project. A full-time badger expert has also been drafted in to ensure the badgers […]

May 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Author James Oswald tops the charts before debut novel Natural Causes hits the shelves

James Oswald splashed £30,000 on his dream machine after landing a £150,000 deal with Penguin

A SCOTS farmer turned crime novelist shot to the top of the download charts – days before the launch of his first paperback. James Oswald’s grisly mystery Natural Causes has hit the no 1 spot on Amazon’s Kindle download charts even though it only landed in stores on Thursday. After landing a six-figure book deal […]

May 10th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Edinburgh University’s ultra-rich graduates inherit their money from family fortunes

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SCOTLAND’S top two universities produce more graduates who live off inherited wealth than either Oxford of Cambridge. Research shows that of Edinburgh University’s ultra-rich graduates – those worth at least £20m – more than a quarter get their money from family fortunes. And among Glasgow University’s wealthiest former students, almost a fifth rely on inherited […]

May 10th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Man dies after taking bullet to the leg in late-night shooting

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THE victim of a fatal shooting was killed by a high-velocity rifle bullet to the leg. Tragic Adam Hepburn is understood to have bled to death after the bullet severed a major artery in his left leg. The 22-year-old was shot in a rural location on the outskirts of Hawick, Scottish Borders, late on Wednesday […]

May 8th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Runner wins same race mum did 27 years ago – beating her by 0.32 of a second

Wells fears empty running tracks as a result of the budget cut

A PROUD mum watched her daughter win a prestigious 400m run – 27 years after she won the same event. Kirsten McAslan, 19, was able to shave 0.32 of a second of her mum Fiona’s time at the British University Championships at the weekend. Kirsten, from Edinburgh, won the title with a time of 53.02, […]

May 8th, 2013 | Posted in Top Stories | Read More »

One dead and four hurt after crash involving ambulance for the disabled

A MOTORIST died and four people were hurt after a car collided with an ambulance for the disabled. The fatal crash happened on the A706 near Bathgate, West Lothian, yesterday afternoon. The car and private Handicabs ambulance collided near the Pottishaw Fishery. The driver of the car was killed but it remains unclear which of […]

May 8th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Bottles from Whisky Galore ship SS Politician sell for £12,050 at auction

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WHISKY bottles from the ship which inspired the film Whisky Galore have sold for more than £12,000 – though the buyer can’t drink a single dram. The two bottles were part of the cargo on the SS Politician, which sank off the shores of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides in 1941. But sea water may […]

May 6th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Police called in to tackle copycat Italian football thugs

The fury erupted after visiting Gretna fans clashed with the home supporters – there were only 106 football fans in total.

A FOOTBALL club have been forced to beef up security against thugs who are copying a notorious Italian supporter group. The Edinburgh City Ultras – who follow semi-professional team Edinburgh City – caused mayhem during a bust-up with visiting Gretna fans. Previously the thugs – who are aged under 18 – have also set off […]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Cops mistake cycling legend Hoy for burglar, friend says

The pair had been travelling back to Scotland in Hoy’s BMW when they were pulled over by police.

CYCLING legend Sir Chris Hoy was pulled over by police who mistook him for a burglar, a close friend has revealed. Robert Scott, 66, said he and Sir Chris, 37, were stopped by Manchester police before his Olympic-winning hayday because they looked like “suspicious” characters. The pair had been travelling back to Scotland in Hoy’s […]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Savile’s cottage auction: proceeds should compensate victims

However any profits would be seized pending the outcome of the compensation cases.

JIMMY Savile’s highland home is to be sold at auction with the proceeds understood to be used as compensation for his alleged victims. ‘Alltna Reigh’ in Glencoe has stood empty since the Jim’ll Fix It Star died in 2011 and was put up for sale in summer 2012. But it was taken off the market […]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Step too far: Row after salon’s NHS wig contract cancelled due to stairs

The salon trimmed and fitted wigs for patients who had lost their hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses.

A HAIRDRESSER who makes wigs for cancer patients has had his NHS contract axed – because his salon has stairs. Douglas Barr was awarded the contract just 11 months ago to provide hairpieces to people suffering cancer, alopecia and other conditions that made them bald. Despite offering the service on a non-profit basis, health bosses […]

April 25th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

No more Poison for Alice Cooper snake – Star’s Scottish-sourced stage animal dies

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LEGENDARY rocker Alice Cooper has run out of snakes for his stage show after his Scottish supplier was hit by a second snake death in two years. Bill Crowe, 56, from Haddington, East Lothian, has been providing boa constrictors to Cooper’s UK tours for 13 years. But while many rock stars worry about dying drummers, […]

April 25th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

‘I feel treasured and loved’ – Dying Iain Banks tells of life after cancer revelation

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DYING Scots author Iain Banks has told fans he feels “treasured and loved” after announcing he had only months to live. The writer also spoke of his honeymoon in Venice and Paris with his new wife Adele, who he asked to become his “widow” after learning of the fatal illness. In a new blog post […]

April 24th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

GP convicted of drink driving near schoolchildren escapes ban

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A DOCTOR who drank half a bottle of vodka before crashing his car near children leaving school has escaped being struck off. Brian Christopher O’Neill was three times over the limit at the time of the accident in September 2011. The GP from North Lanarkshire also committed a string of medical blunders including failing to […]

April 24th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Ombudsman’s report slams NHS Tayside over care of young man who took his own life

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A SUICIDAL young man was effectively abandoned by the NHS for five months before he took his own life, an ombudsman has found. NHS Tayside has been ordered to improve its care of vulnerable people and to apologise to the family of Scott Nichol, who say they have been “vindicated”. Scott, 22 hanged himself in […]

April 24th, 2013 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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