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Scotland could leave the UK, and join Canada instead, says author

<b>As Scotland pushes for a second referendum on independence, one man is asking the previously unthinkable - if you're going to quit the UK, why not join Canada?</b><p>Canadian writer Ken McGoogan says the unorthodox alliance makes sense.<p>"I think it would be terrific for both Scotland and Canada," he …

United Kingdom

Sturgeon praises Clinton in New York

<b>First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has met the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New York.</b><p>They chatted backstage at the Women in the World conference where they each gave separate live interviews.<p>The two women do not agree on everything, with Mrs Clinton publicly opposing the release of …

United Kingdom

Barack Obama to visit Edinburgh for charity fundraiser

<b>Former US president Barack Obama is to make his first visit to Scotland when he addresses business leaders in the capital next month.</b><p>He will also answer questions from the audience at the event, which is being held to raise money for charity.<p>The dinner in Edinburgh on 26 May is thought to be one of …

Barack Obama

Tourist breaks famous Dinnie Stones lifting record at Potarch

<b>A tourist has broken the record for lifting the famous Dinnie Stones.</b><p>Bryan Hunsaker from America held the 733lbs (332kg) boulders at Potarch in Aberdeenshire for 33.9 seconds - beating the record of 31 seconds.<p>Mr Hunsaker, a 6ft 8in tall, 22-stone amateur weightlifter, travelled to the area while …

Scotland

New festival to recall World War Two Arctic Convoys

<b>A new festival will recall World War Two's Arctic Convoys that operated from a loch in the Scottish Highlands.</b><p>Allied ships sailed from Loch Ewe, near Poolewe in Wester Ross, to Russia with supplies of food and weapons to help it fight invading German forces.<p>The Loch Ewe World War Two Festival on …

Scottish Highlands

Solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs

<b>A synthetic skin for prosthetics limbs that can generate its own energy from solar power has been developed by engineers from Glasgow University.</b><p>Researchers had already created an 'electronic skin' for prosthetic hands made with new super-material graphene.<p>The new skin was much more sensitive to …

Clean Energy

Bones linked to Scotland's Eigg Massacre

<b>Bones discovered in a cave on Eigg have been linked to a massacre of almost the entire island's population during a clan feud in the 16th Century.</b><p>More than 50 bones were found after tourists found some of the remains in the isle's Massacre Cave last year.<p>Analysis by archaeologists at Historic …

Scotland

MP Dawn Butler praised for using sign language in Commons

<b>Labour MP Dawn Butler has been praised for using sign language to ask a question in the House of Commons about giving it legal status.</b><p>She spoke as well as signed when she addressed the Chamber saying it was time British Sign Language (BSL) was given further protection.<p>The MP, who has completed a …

United Kingdom

Ramblers Scotland elects Ben Dolphin as new president

<b>Blogger and countryside ranger Ben Dolphin has been elected president of Ramblers Scotland.</b><p>Mr Dolphin said he hopes to be able to encourage even more people to explore Scotland on foot.<p>He works as a West Lothian Council ranger and writes for the Walkhighlands website and Outdoor Enthusiast …

Outdoors

Bothy-bagging: Scotland's best-kept secrets revealed

<b>Bothies - remote shelters in the wilderness where walkers can spend the night free of charge - have long been one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. A new book has revealed the location of 80 of the mountain huts.</b><p>For more than 50 years the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) has maintained an eclectic …

Scotland

Trump-St Patrick's Day clover confusion, and Indian minister in sexist row

<b>US President Donald Trump's Irish-inspired hat features the wrong clover, and an Indian minister makes headlines for suggesting curfews are the way to protect female college students.</b><p>Clover confusion<p>With St Patrick's Day fast approaching, can you tell your clovers apart?<p>US President Donald Trump's …

St. Patrick's Day

Union Chain Bridge's £5.6m makeover plans progress

<b>A bridge between Scotland and England is in line for a £5.6m overhaul to mark the 200th anniversary of its opening.</b><p>The Union Chain Bridge crosses the River Tweed from Fishwick in Berwickshire to Horncliffe in Northumberland.<p>When it was officially opened in 1820, it was the longest wrought iron …

United Kingdom

These strawberries are red, right? Wrong

<b>A picture of a strawberry tart has got the internet talking, because whilst it might look reasonably normal, things aren't quite as they seem.</b><p>At first glance it looks like a poorly taken photo, or maybe one with far too many filters on it.<p>But what is actually in front of you is a picture with …

Tutorials

Straight women have fewest orgasms

<b>Heterosexual women have fewer orgasms than men or lesbian or bisexual women, a study suggests.</b><p>The findings came from a study of 52,600 people in the US, exploring the "orgasm gap" between the genders and different sexual orientations.<p>The report in Archives of Sexual Behaviour revealed a "variety of …

Sexuality

Scotland's top footgolfer takes on America

<b>Scotland's top "footgolfer" is preparing to fly to America to take part in the sport's first Ryder Cup-style competition.</b><p>Gavin Craig, 28, is the country's number-one ranked player of footgolf, a cross between football and golf played on a specially-adapted course.<p>In May he will join UK teammates in …

Golf

Green light for Jim Clark museum project in Duns

<b>A museum celebrating the achievements of two-time Formula One world champion Jim Clark has received planning permission.</b><p>Proposals for the project in Duns were lodged with Scottish Borders Council last year.<p>It has now given planning permission for the £1.65m scheme to proceed.<p>A £300,000 crowdfunding …

United Kingdom

Yoga in kilts is a cheeky success for Scottish pair

<b>Yoga and kilts in a Perthshire forest has proved to be just what the world was waiting for.</b><p>A short video on Facebook has been viewed 43 million times in the five days since it was posted by BBC Scotland's The Social.<p>The video features Finlay Wilson, a Dundee-based forest yoga instructor, and friend …

Scottish Highlands

Craigpark Quarry near Ratho to be turned into surfing lake

<b>Plans for a multi-million pound artificial surfing lake on the outskirts of Edinburgh are to be unveiled at a series of public consultation events.</b><p>Wavegarden Scotland wants to turn Craigpark Quarry pit near Ratho into a huge lake with a machine recreating waves for any level of surfer.<p>The planned …

Scotland

Search in Perth for remains of murdered James I

<b>A plan to search for the tomb of a Scottish king buried in Perth nearly 600 years ago has been unveiled.</b><p>It will be part of a project to create a major visitor attraction in the city using virtual reality to tell the story of James I and the Stewart monarchs.<p>James I was assassinated in Perth in 1437 …

Archaeology

Parents have two sets of twins born on same day

<b>Parents who had twin girls on the same day as their older twins have said they have beaten odds of tens of million to one.</b><p>Mother-of-nine Zoe Sullivan, 38, and husband Ben, 42, from Lossiemouth, Moray, had identical Leah and Erin on the same same day as non-identical Charlotte and Isabelle turned …

Parenting

Piers Morgan quits RTS awards after criticism

<b>Presenter Piers Morgan has pulled out of hosting the Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme awards night after a campaign to remove him.</b><p>The host of ITV's Good Morning Britain said he did not want to distract from award winners.<p>The Royal Television Society announced Mr Morgan as presenter of its …

Piers Morgan

Business for Scotland predicts Indyref2 announcement within weeks

<b>A prominent Scottish independence campaign group has begun a fundraising drive, saying it expects a second referendum to be called within weeks.</b><p>Business for Scotland said it was getting "back in full campaign mode" for a vote in 2018.<p>It said it expected a vote to be called for May or September next …

United Kingdom

Scientists explore Edinburgh's mystery cave network

<b>New light is being shed on a mysterious network of tunnels and caves carved out of rock underneath Edinburgh.</b><p>Scientists using radar imaging equipment have discovered the ancient passageways at "Gilmerton Cove" extend much further than originally thought.<p>More chambers have also been uncovered during …

Scotland

Satellites could help monitor state of Scotland's peat bogs

<b>Satellites and drones offer a new way to monitor the state of Scotland's peatlands, it has been suggested.</b><p>Peat bogs cover various parts of Scotland, including large areas of the Northern Isles, Western Isles, Highlands and Galloway.<p>Efforts are currently being made to restore damaged peatlands.<p>The …

Scotland

Your pictures of Scotland: 10-17 February

A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 10 - 17 February. Send your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk or our Instagram at #bbcscotlandpics<p>Douglas Cochrane visited Skye's Fairy Pools while on holiday with family and friends.<p>Graham Swinney was skiing at Glenshee on …

Scotland

Facial reconstruction made of 'brutally-killed' Pictish man

The Pictish man sustained at least five severe injuries to his head<p><b>The face of a Pictish man who was "brutally killed" 1,400 years ago has been reconstructed by Dundee University researchers.</b><p>Archaeologists found the man's skeleton buried in a recess of a cave in the Black Isle, Ross-shire.<p>Forensic …

Archaeology

Edinburgh science festival features Scottish inventions

<b>The Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) has launched its programme, promising to put science at the heart of global issues.</b><p>The festival is promising to maintain its balance between hands-on fun and more serious explorations of what science means to all of us.<p>For two weeks from 1 April, …

Edinburgh Festival

Mystery 'Banksy' style sculpture pops up at Scott Monument

A mystery sculpture in the style of Banksy's girl with a balloon has appeared at the Scott Monument in Edinburgh.<p>The art work features a little girl reaching for a floating red naval mine with a heart shape cut out.<p>The sculpture turned up in front of the figure of Sir Walter Scott on St Valentine's …

Art

Scotch whisky lifts food and drink exports to Japan

<b>A growing taste for Scotch whisky has helped Scottish food and drink exports to Japan reach record levels, according to new figures.</b><p>Export data showed the overall value of food and drink sales to Japan rose by 9% in 2015 to £98.7m.<p>Whisky exports increased by 18% to £75.8m, making the nation …

Japan

Tree planting 'threatening' Scotland's grand vistas

<b>Scotland's "dramatic open views and vistas" could be threatened by plans to increase woodland cover, according to mountaineers and gamekeepers.</b><p>Mountaineering Scotland and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association have jointly written to Scotland's environment secretary.<p>The Scottish government wants …

Sustainability