Electric Bees at Great British Bioscience Festival27 November 2014Last weekend, thousands of visitors flocked to the Great British Bioscience Festival to discover how bioscience fuels us, feeds us and keeps us healthy. Twenty interactive exhibits from across the UK fascinated and inspired visitors, as they had the chance to conduct their own experiments, play games and even walk through a giant colon.
Mongoose sentinels respond flexibly to threats13 November 2014Just as soldiers on sentry duty constantly adjust their behaviour to match the current threat level, dwarf mongoose sentinels exhibit flexible decision-making in relation to predation risk, new research from the University of Bristol has shown.
A Tale of Two Seas: Last Ice Age has shaped Sharks across Europe12 November 2014Shark populations in the Mediterranean are highly divided, as concluded by international team of scientists, led by Dr Andrew Griffiths of the University of Bristol. Many previous studies on sharks suggest they move over large distances. But catsharks in the Mediterranean Sea appear to move and migrate much less, as shown by this study, published today in the new journal Royal Society Open Science. This can have important implications for conserving and managing sharks more widely, suggesting they may be more vulnerable to over-fishing than previously thought.
A New Understanding of How Animals Produce Structural Colours22 October 2014“All that glitters is not gold” - William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice
A new paper from the Visual Ecology Group has discovered that there is a universal explanation for why many animals appear a dazzling metallic colour or a mirror like silver.
Experiment on the ultrasonic hearing of pet cats on TV21 October 2014With equipment and training from Professor Gareth Jones and PhD student Andy Wakefield, the makers of the recent BBC series 'Cat Watch 2014: The New Horizon Experiment' successfully conducted an experiment whereby cats were shown to locate a hidden speaker emitting ultrasonic mouse calls undetectable to their owners.
The evolution of acoustic communication in fossil and extant insects6 October 2014Fernando Montealegre-Z (Lincoln), Daniel Robert and Kate Robson-Brown (Archeology at UoB) have been awarded a £250k grant by the Leverhulme Trust. Entitled "The evolution of acoustic communication in fossil and extant insects", this award will enable research into the mechanisms of acoustic communication in bushcrickets, investigating the biomechanics of both sound reception and production.
Deceptive Iridescence1 October 2014Heather Whitney, Innes Cuthill and Nick Scott-Samuel (Experimental Psychology) have been awarded £768k from the BBSRC for a 3-year grant investigation ‘Deceptive Iridescence’.