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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.
  • 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.
  • Bristol and Kyoto Plant Sciences come together 1 October 2014 An exciting relationship is developing between plant scientists in Bristol and Kyoto Universities as a consequence of the Bristol-Kyoto Partnership. Last week, the University of Bristol welcomed 15 academics and PhD students from Kyoto University to a scientific workshop involving plant biologists from the two universities. Whilst the workshop included scientific presentations, the main focus was a variety of types of networking events designed to develop and cement scientific connections between academics in the two institutions. An agreement was also signed between Prof. Simon Hiscock, Director of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and Prof. Minoru Tamura of Kyoto University Botanic Garden, which will lead to a sharing of knowledge and materials between the two gardens. The workshop was held in the brand new £56m Bristol Life Sciences Building.
  • Super Senses: The Secret Powers of Animals 30 September 2014 Dr Marc Holderied’s research featured in new BBC 2 series ‘Super Senses: The Secret Powers of Animals’.
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