Scientists simulate the climate of Game of Thrones20 December 2017Winter is coming…..as anyone who watches the hit TV series, Game of Thrones, knows. Some even have their own theories for what causes the strange extended seasons in that world of dragons, kings, queens, and magic. But scientists from the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, and Southampton have gone one stage further, by using a Climate Model to simulate and explore the climate of the world of Game of Thrones.
BBC interview allays fears of 'radioactive mud'6 December 2017Dr David Richards, from the School of Geographical Sciences and research theme leader for environmental hazards and risks at the South West Nuclear Hub, was interviewed by the BBC this week about a proposal to move 300,000 tonnes of mud from the Hinkley Point area to a site just off the coast of Wales, near Cardiff.
Thorsten Wagener to chair IUGG committee1 December 2017Cabot Institute member Thorsten Wagener, Professor of Water and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed as the new chair of the Capacity Building and Education Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).
Sir David King slides now available20 November 2017Due to popular demand the slides from Sir David's talk "Science, politics, industry and the role of future cities in managing the risks of climate change" are now available.
Cabot Institute Innovation Fund winners 201720 November 2017Winners of this year's Cabot Institute Innovation Fund have been announced. The funds are aimed at supporting bold, ambitious, and impactful ideas, that transcend disciplinary boundaries. It offers us an opportunity to invite new ideas from our research community – those that might not receive funding from traditional sources, but which show real intellectual or practical promise.
Antibiotic Discovery in the Abyss17 November 2017Combining the innovations of synthetic biology with robotic environmental sampling, a team of University of Bristol researchers are travelling to some of the most ‘extreme’ environments on Earth, including Atlantic depths of 4.5km, to find new leads which could help in the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Exploring the environmental impact of conflict17 November 2017A multi-disciplinary team of academics, led by the University of Bristol, is investigating the long-term environmental and social impact of conflict in dryland environments.
The Cabot Institute SDGs Research and Engagement Associate 17 November 2017The Cabot Institute SDGs Research and Engagement Associate will play a central role in grappling with the challenge of ‘Localising the Sustainable Development Goals for Bristol’, a collaborative project between the Cabot Institute, Bristol Green Capital Partnership (BGCP) and Overseas Development Institute.
Cabot Institute welcomes new VC Fellows15 November 2017This week we offer a warm Cabot welcome to all of the University’s new VC Fellows. We are excited to announce that seven of these new Fellows will be focusing on the environmental social sciences and humanities, and will therefore add significant strength to the Cabot community in this area.
Bristol awarded EPSRC funding for nuclear robotics8 November 2017The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) today announced four national research hubs for the latest ground-breaking research and innovation projects in robotics and artificial intelligence systems.
Juliet Biggs receives 2017 Geodesy Section Award31 October 2017Cabot Institute member Dr Juliet Biggs will receive the 2017 Geodesy Section Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. The award is given “in recognition of major advances in geodesy.”
The advent of “green” cattle30 October 2017Implications of livestock farming on climate change should not be drawn from aggregate statistics, reveals a study based on a new method of carbon footprinting for pasture-based cattle production systems that can assess the impacts of individual animals.
A new generation of fluorescence-based water quality sensors23 October 2017Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Bedfordshire, in collaboration with multinational company ABB, have designed and tested a series of plasmonic nanoantenna arrays that could lead to the development of a new generation of ultrasensitive and low-cost fluorescence sensors that could be used to monitor water quality.
Bristol named as UK’s smartest city23 October 2017Bristol has overtaken London as the UK’s leading 'smart city' according to the second UK Smart Cities Index, commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting. The report is based on evaluations of 20 cities and their strategies, key projects and overall readiness in using digital technology to improve crucial civic services from transport infrastructure to healthcare.
Little growth observed in India's methane emissions11 October 2017Methane is the second most powerful greenhouse gas and concentrations are rising in the atmosphere. Because of its potency and quick decay in the atmosphere, countries have recognised that reduction of methane emissions are a means toward mitigating global warming.
Royal Society Research: Restatement of Radiation Health Effects29 September 2017The Royal Society has published 'A restatement of the natural science evidence base concerning the health effects of low-level ionizing radiation', in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. This is a highly significant paper arising from an expert working group established by Sir John Beddington, the former Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science.