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Sir David Attenborough opens world-class Life Sciences building 6 October 2014 Britain's best-known natural history film-maker Sir David Attenborough has officially opened the University of Bristol’s new £56.5 million Life Sciences building.
  • Mongoose sentinels respond flexibly to threats 13 November 2014 Just 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 Europe 12 November 2014 Shark 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 Colours 22 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.
  • New study to discover why plants tell the time 21 October 2014 An exciting new project in the laboratory of Dr Antony Dodd will investigate how biological clocks adapt plants to their environment.
  • Experiment on the ultrasonic hearing of pet cats on TV 21 October 2014 With 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.
  • Andy Wakefield talks about light pollution on 'Shared Planet' 17 October 2014 Andy Wakefield was interviewed on Radio 4's 'Shared Planet' about his research on how different types of streetlights differ in their ability to attract insects.
  • Sir David Attenborough opens world-class Life Sciences building 6 October 2014 Britain's best-known natural history film-maker Sir David Attenborough has officially opened the University of Bristol’s new £56.5 million Life Sciences building.
  • The evolution of acoustic communication in fossil and extant insects 6 October 2014 Fernando 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 Iridescence 1 October 2014 Heather Whitney, Innes Cuthill and Nick Scott-Samuel (Experimental Psychology) have been awarded £768k from the BBSRC for a 3-year grant investigation ‘Deceptive Iridescence’.
  • BBSRC strategic LoLa grant for parasite management 1 October 2014 Dr Eric Morgan has been awarded £290,655 to help farmers manage parasites in livestock.
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