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One of the biggest and most complex scientific instruments ever devised and built in Scotland will be 'in commercial action' for the first time this Spring (2014) at its site near Blackford Hill in Edinburgh.

Early tests have proven that the unique £13 million huge 'International All-Waters Combined Current and Wave Test Facility' (popularly known as the FloWave Test Tank) will be able to replicate the natural, but sometimes extreme, varying sea-conditions of key parts of the Pentland Firth at different stages of the twice-daily tidal cycle and with different 'incoming' wave-heights.
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Sam MacNaughton, The Highland Council’s Head of Transport and Infrastructure today (Friday) retires after 44 years service in local government during which time he has secured many millions of pounds of investment in the Highlands to improve the Highland transport network.
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Highland Councillors are united in their support for proposed new legislation aimed at cutting accidents on our roads involving young drivers.

Leaders of all political groupings on the Council back the introduction of a Graduated Driver Licensing system for new drivers in Scotland, which would restrict their permissions in driving unsupervised until they have gained adequate experience. And in letters confirming the Council’s support to the UK and Scottish Governments the Council makes an offer for the Highlands to pilot the scheme. 
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The 2014 Scottish Surf Kayak Championships will take place in the Thurso area. Break used will dependant on conditions.

Entries are limited to 2 entries per person. You can enter the novice category only if you have not competed in a surf event before and are not in a composite kayak.

There will be people surf kayaking in the area for the week before the competition. You are welcome to join for free-surfing and ask for some tips. I can't guarantee that there will be designated coaching available.
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In 2013 DSRL held a week-long pilot course called Ready Steady Work to help senior pupils in Caithness and North Sutherland prepare themselves for work. 

Following positive feedback, DSRL now proposes to hold this event again in 2014 offering the option of two different weeks. 
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An award-winning Caithness company which develops cutting edge scientific equipment used across the globe has received a significant new order from the US Government space agency. ​

KP Technology Ltd, based in Wick, has received an order from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for its Kelvin Probe system. 

The Kelvin Probe, which is named after Lord Kelvin, is a measurement device used to characterise surface electrical properties of materials by detecting electrical changes in the top-most atomic layers. It is one of the most sensitive surface analysis techniques available. 
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Pupils at Wick High School have been regularly working with the local Highland Council countryside ranger at Newtonhill Croft Woodland over the last 6 months. The youngsters have been working in all weather conditions and have undertaken a wide range of tasks such as hedge cutting and tree planting.
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As part of their eco-school activities pupils at Melvich Primary School in north Sutherland spent their last day of term on Friday 4 April 2014 taking part in a litter pick around their village.
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Users of the A9 will welcome the news that a preferred option has been chosen for the challenging hairpin bend at Berriedale Braes on the northernmost part of Scotland’s longest trunk road.

A public exhibition is being held today at Berriedale (2nd April 2014) to give people the opportunity to view the proposals and provide their comments.
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If you are looking for musical nights out in April then take a look at Y-NOT in Thurso.
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