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The Scotsmen Who Invented Modernity.

Jacob Heilbrunn Society, Europe Rasmussen scrutinizes not only Hume and Smith's personal relationship, but also the indispensable part that they played in shaping the Scottish Enlightenment. Dennis C. Rasmussen, The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought , 336 pp., ...

- The National Interest - US

World's First Floating Wind Farm Close To Launch.

The world's first commercial-scale floating wind farm is about to start production after the delivery of the fifth and final turbine to the site of the farm, Buchan Deep, off the coast of Scotland. In the following weeks, final installations will be done at the site and the farm will be ready for launch, as Statoil planned ...

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How to achieve Paul Auster's literary genius? Start living uncomfortably.

Any questions? andersphotoPaul Auster takes the stage at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh to a great reception. He reads the opening pages of his latest work, the Man Booker-longlisted 4 3 2 1. It is a rare chance for his UK fans to see and hear the man up close and personal. The 70-year-old graciously relates stories from ...

- The Conversation - UK

Scotland's drug death crisis needs a radical harm reduction response – now.

ShutterstockThe newly published figures of annual drug-related deaths in Scotland are appalling. The National Records of Scotland figure of 867 represents the highest annual total recorded – a 23% increase on the previous year, and a 100% increase since 421 Scottish DRDs were reported in 2006. The recent annual figures ...

- The Conversation - UK

Trading resumes at fire-hit Blochairn market.

Business is under way at a key wholesale market which serves much of Scotland with fresh produce.

- BBC - UK

Watch the Army test upgraded armor vehicles meant to counter increased Russian firepower.

Sean Kimmons Army personnel recently traveled from Germany to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for testing and training on new variants of the Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle. The soldiers tested out Strykers armed with a 30 mm cannon as well as with a common remote-operated weapons station that allows soldiers ...

- Business Insider - US

Giant floating wind turbines installed off Scottish coast, in world first.

The world's first floating wind farm is taking shape off the coast of Scotland, in waters normally too deep for turbine installation.

- EurActive - UK

'You're not welcome': Tourismophobia spreads across Europe.

From Scotland to Ibiza, critics of mass tourism are growing their ranks. EURACTIV partner Ouest-France reports.

- EurActive - UK

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie fight to be queen in 'Mary, Queen of Scots' — here's the first photo.

John MathiesonPlaying royal queens is often a one-way ticket to awards season. Just ask Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Claire Foy. So will Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie be next? The two actresses have officially started filming “Mary, Queen of Scots” on location in England and Scotland, and ...

- Business Insider - US

'I'm fine with who I am'.

Philippa York speaks about her transition from Robert Millar, one of Scotland's best ever cyclists.

- BBC - UK

Strong Maltese presence at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

From stand-up comedy to educational theatre and musical cabaret, Maltese performers are out in force this summer at the largest arts festival in the world. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which runs throughout August in the Scottish capital, features more than 53,000 performances from 62 countries, with audiences treated to ...

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Hurricane Gert will brighten up the south of the UK, but bring misery to the north

Met Office says Hurricane Gert will boost temperatures in London but bring rainfall to Scotland.

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Scotland and Wales coordinate opposition to Brexit "green" legislation

Scottish and Welsh environment ministers are to meet to co-ordinate opposition to Brexit legislation. The two administrations fear the Westminster government is planning to take over powers which are currently devolved, but exercised in Brussels.

- MercoPress - FK

Hogarth Author Eimear McBride Wins James Tait Black Prize for THE LESSER BOHEMIANS

THE LESSER BOHEMIANS  by  Eimear McBride  has won the James Tait Black Prize, Great Britain's oldest literary award.  The winners of the prizes were unveiled at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday, August 14, when the honor for biography was also announced.   Published by  Hogarth, Ms. McBride's ...

- WebWire - US

European cities are turning against tourists as they're pushed to breaking point

© AFP Josep LAGO Barcelona - "Never again a summer like this": Exasperated with the hordes of visitors they blame for making their city unliveable, Barcelona residents have risen in protest. The hugely popular Catalan metropolis has become the latest European hotspot to eye tourism with hostility. From the romantic canals ...

- Business Insider - US

More than 70 firefighters tackle huge warehouse blaze in Glasgow

Fish and fruit merchants were processing orders and loading vans when a fire took hold in the building.

- BBC - UK

Fire rips through Glasgow's Blochairn Fruit Market warehouse

More than 40 firefighters are battling to control the blaze amid water pressure problems.

- - UK

World's largest volcanic range may lurk beneath Antarctic ice

Edinburgh, UK Aug 16, 2017 West Antarctica's vast ice sheet conceals what may be the largest volcanic region on earth, research has revealed. The continent's ice covers almost 100 newly discovered volcanoes, the largest of which is as tall as the Eiger in Switzerland, a study has found. Geologists and ice experts say the ...

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More than 70 firefighters tackle huge warehouse blaze in Glasgow

Residents report hearing explosions as firefighters are hampered in their bid to tackle the blaze due to low water pressure.

- BBC - UK

Study spots in Edinburgh

You don't have to settle for a crowded coffee shop!

- Matador Network - US

Scotland's largest solar farm gets green light

Elgin Energy is granted planning permission for a 20MW project near Urquhart in Moray

- BBC - UK

Hip-hop dance vs Donald Trump: how robot moves just got political

Strait-talkin' BBESuddenly the dancers' bodies freeze, caught in a white rectangle of light. Reduced to a state of shivering, their faces contort until what emerges is a scream. But this is a scream we do not actually hear. We only see it in the dancers' gaping mouths against a looping sound of white noise – and then: ...

- The Conversation - UK

She Cranes coach calls for early preps ahead of CWG

Uganda will face netball giants New Zealand, the 2015 World Cup finalists as well as England. Other teams in Pool A are Malawi, Wales and Scotland

- Daily Monitor - UG

Snake found on pineapple in shopping in Edinburgh

The Costa Rican reptile, which has yet to be identified, was spotted by a man once he got home.

- BBC - UK

Leeds United lining up Ross McCormack to replace Chris Wood despite rejecting second Burnley bid

Scotland international could make a sensational return to Elland Road if Whites lose last season's top scorer.

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Envistacom wins $10M Army communications contract

Washington Aug 9, 2017 The U.S. Army recently awarded Envistacom with a contract to provide communications and operations support to forces deployed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The support contract, issued by the U.S. Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground, is for the U.S. Army's 2nd Theater Signal ...

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New UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at port

A band of Royal Marines added to the pageantry as the families of service members lined the jetty to cheer the 919-foot vessel, which has been conducting sea trials since setting out from Rosyth dockyard in Scotland on June 27. Russia's defense ministry fired back, with a spokesman dismissing the Queen Elizabeth as just a ...

- SFGate - US

Air carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at her home port of Portsmouth

HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's newest Aircraft carrier arrived at its home port of Portsmouth this Wednesday morning for the first time. The 280 meters long carrier is currently undergoing sea trials since it left Rosyth dockyard in Scotland in June.

- MercoPress - FK

UK post-Brexit customs plan "is almost laughable" says Scottish First Minister Sturgeon

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed the UK government's plans for a post-Brexit customs deal with the EU as a "daft 'have cake and eat it' approach". UK ministers have set out plans for an "ambitious new customs arrangement" with the EU after the UK leaves.

- MercoPress - FK

Musical comedy finds the fun in Brexit

Boris in Union Jack underpants?  A retelling of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and its dramatic political consequences might perhaps be framed as high drama or extreme farce. But audiences at the Edinburgh Festival are lapping up a light-hearted sung comedy version, "Brexit The Musical", a sellout featuring a ...

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Alex Salmond made the worst joke and I for one feel sorry for him

The "joke" is indefensible on grounds of both taste and humour. But he's an inexperienced man.  I'm not here to defend Alex Salmond's "joke". It is indefensible on grounds of both taste and humour. At the opening night of his Edinburgh festival show he told the audience: I promised you today we'd either have Theresa May or ...

- New Statesman - UK

Scotland's rise in anti-Catholic crimes prompts call for government action

Glasgow, Scotland, Aug 15, 2017 / 01:50 pm .- Crimes motivated by anti-Catholicism are on the rise in Scotland, and a leading Catholic spokesman has said the government must take more specific action to combat the trend. “Were any other type of crime to be dominated so completely by a single type of behavior, we might ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

Hackers hit Scotland parliament with Westminister style 'brute-force' cyberattack

The attack may have locked out some people from their accounts and targeted emails of MPs.

- - UK

Royal Bank of Scotland to cut 880 IT jobs by 2020

Wants to reduce contractor numbers.

- iTnews - AU

Last two years have taken heavy toll on Murray, says mum Judy

EDINBURGH - The last two years on the relentless ATP Tour have taken their toll on Andy Murray, the three times grand slam champion's mum Judy told Reuters.

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RBS sharpens axe again: 900 IT jobs to go by 2020

Unite says Brit bank will soon be running a 'skeleton service' The Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to show 40 per cent of its London-based IT staff the door by 2020, according to Unite the union.…

- TheRegister - UK

Why Scottish babies might start sleeping in cardboard boxes

Baby boxes containing essential items are to be delivered to new mothers across Scotland.

- BBC - UK

RBS looks to cut 990 jobs in IT

BRITAIN’S Royal Bank of Scotland will cut almost 900 technology jobs at its London office by 2020, in its latest plan to reduce costs, the Unite union said yesterday. Taxpayer-backed RBS plans to cut 40 percent of permanent IT staff, or 650 jobs, and 65 percent of contractors which equate to 230 roles, Unite said in a ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

RBS is planning to make nearly 900 London job cuts, union says

Royal Bank of Scotland is planning further cuts to its IT operation, leading to nearly 900 new job losses, according to a union. The bank is planning to cut 40 per cent of permanent staff in its London IT function and 65 per cent of contractors. However, a spokesperson stressed that figures are not set in stone and are ...

- City AM - UK

Royal Bank of Scotland to cut 880 IT jobs by 2020

Bank plans to eliminate 40 per cent of permanent IT staff in bid to cut costs, union says

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Scotland goes too far on the free stuff - but Nicola Sturgeon's baby box is worth every penny

Giving new parents a box of goodies is a rather romantic gesture. The left in Scotland displays what can only be described as a lust for free stuff: free prescriptions, free eye tests, free school meals, free university education, free winter fuel allowance for the elderly, free bus passes for the elderly, free care for ...

- New Statesman - UK

Organ donation clubs aren't the solution to transplant shortages

Shopping around? mekcar/ShutterstockAnyone in the UK, of any age, can sign the Organ Donor Register, and give permission for their organs and tissue to be donated after death. How you register your wishes depends on where you live: in Northern Ireland and England, one must sign a register to opt in, while Wales currently ...

- The Conversation - UK

Panda enclosure incident at Edinburgh Zoo prompts safety fears

Staff at Edinburgh Zoo raise concerns after a panda was let back into an enclosure while a keeper was still inside.

- BBC - UK

Student's idea leads to Antarctic volcano discovery

An Edinburgh student has helped identify what may be the largest volcanic region on Earth.

- ENN - US

Ambergreen focusing on global growth after US takeover

Edinburgh based Ambergreen has joined forces with one of the largest independent digital marketing agencies in North America. When Canadian digital media agency DAC Group was exploring growth opportunities in Europe, Edinburgh-based digital marketing specialist Ambergreen was a natural fit. "DAC is headquartered in ...

- City AM - UK

Edinburgh show highlights stress among GPs

PreScribed opens in Edinburgh this week and explores the alarming statistic that one in five practising GPs suffer from chronic stress and anxiety.

- University of Bristol - UK

Nearly 100 Volcanoes Discovered Beneath Antarctica's Ice

You could say Antarctica sings a song of fire and ice. The continent's frigid reputation is well known, but researchers from the University of Edinburgh analyzed radar scans of the West Antarctic Rift System and found 138 volcanoes hiding under the thick ice sheet. Of those, 91 were previously unidentified, they say, and ...

- Discover - US

Two's company

Comedy and sketches for two are making a comeback at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

- BBC - UK

Transgender people take centre stage at Edinburgh Fringe

At this year's Edinburgh Fringe the experiences of transgender people are increasingly prominent.

- BBC - UK

Baby box scheme rolled out across Scotland

The Scottish government hopes the initiative will help give every baby the best possible start in life.

- BBC - UK