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Bristol’s top six discoveries in 2016

1 December 2016

Some of the most important historical discoveries of the last century happened at Bristol, and this year has been no exception. From 3D printing human tissue to robots that feed on waste, Bristol continues to open doors to discoveries that will shape our future for the better.

  1. Dementia drug found to improve Parkinson’s symptoms 
    Bristol scientists have discovered that a commonly prescribed dementia drug could hold the key to helping prevent debilitating falls for people with Parkinson’s.
  2. Developing the world’s first battery from nuclear waste 
    New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current.
  3. Antibiotic breakthrough 
    Scientists at Bristol have developed a faster and cheaper way to produce new antibiotics that could treat resistant strains of MRSA and tuberculosis.
  4. Discovering why some obese people are protected from disease 
    Obesity is responsible for the deaths of over 3 million people a year worldwide due to its associated diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, a subset of obese individuals seems to be protected from such diseases and scientists at Bristol now know why.
  5. 3D-printing human tissue 
    Bristol scientists have developed a bio-ink containing stem cells which can be used in a 3D printer – providing hope that human organs could one day be printed.
  6. A living robot that feeds on waste 
    A small robot that feeds on dirty water could one day play a major role in environmental clean-up efforts.

These six stories represent just a few of the pioneering projects researchers at the University of Bristol are working on in response to some of the most pressing challenges we face. For more, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up to our enewsletter by updating your details with us.