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Scotland's papers: Speeding Coulthard and embryo record

As voters go to the polls, the papers take the opportunity to give their opinions on the front pages.

However, the BBC - like other broadcasters - is restricted to reporting only factual accounts of the election in line with polling day rules.

With the election understandably hogging the headlines, it leaves an eclectic mix of other stories in the papers.

The Guardian reports how researchers have broken the record for growing human embryos in the lab, keeping them alive and active beyond the stage when they would naturally implant in a mother's womb.

A humanoid robot being developed by NASA in preparation for a trip to Mars is having its skills honed by Scottish scientists, with the hope that it will soon be able to interact with astronauts and carry out complex tasks on space missions, says The i paper.

The Press and Journal claims wind farm operators across the north have "raked-in a staggering £52m" over the past five years - for switching their turbines off.

The Daily Star of Scotland says a married star who reportedly had a relationship with former Celebrity Big Brother winner Helen Wood has been named in the US despite a court injunction banning identification in the UK.

Inside the papers, page 2 of the Daily Mail (pictured above) claims that pop star Janet Jackson is pregnant at the age of 49.

The University of Edinburgh was the only Scottish university to make the global top 100 rankings, according to The Scotsman.

The Herald says Royal Bank of Scotland faced an embarrassing protest at its annual meeting in Edinburgh from bank workers who are "furious" at a raid on staff pensions.

The Daily Record reports that former Formula1 driver and road safety campaigner David Coulthard has been caught speeding at 110mph on a French motorway.

The Scottish Sun carries the same story and says French police clocked the Scot doing 30mph more than the limit in his £60,000 Mercedes.

Ineos, which owns the huge refinery in Grangemouth, says media "scare stories" over fracking are distorting the public's perceptions of the issue, reports The National.

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